Without a win in seven games, the Vancouver Whitecaps traveled to Boston to face the New England Revolution at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.
“The truth is there is no time to dwell on the last game,” coach Marc Dos Santos said after the Whitecaps were outclassed in their 3-0 defeat to Sporting Kansas City on Saturday.
That result has seen the ‘Caps drop to last place in the Western Conference and nine points behind a playoff spot.
“What I told the guys right now is that we have to think from game to game and think of what we want to look like in the future,” Dos Santos said, visibly disappointed when speaking to reporters following Saturday’s game.
But through his first seven months with the club, the coach has shown he can quickly regain a sense of optimism, which he did just a few days later.
“Our guys are going to show what they are made of mentally. I believe that they will show that tomorrow,” Dos Santos said Tuesday.
In New England, the Whitecaps will meet a team that has picked up some momentum in recent games. Unbeaten in eight Major League Soccer games under new head coach Bruce Arena, the Revs are in ninth place in the Eastern Conference but just two points behind a playoff spot.
Arena also brought in striker Gustavo Bou from Liga MX side Tijuana with a deal worth $6 million. Bou scored eight goals and five assists in last season’s Clausura and is a dangerous addition.
Nonetheless, Dos Santos wants to keep the focus on his side.
“Based on the last two games, it is important that we focus on us, … what we were doing in the last two games and how much we were disjointed,” Dos Santos said. “What I want to see tomorrow is growth from what we have seen in the last two games. We need to get back to where we were before the international break.”
Heading into the international break, the Whitecaps were a side that struggled to score goals. Defensively, there were visible improvements in every game, however, until the matches against LAFC and Sporting Kansas City. In those two games, the ‘Caps allowed nine goals.
Adding defensive woes to a team that struggles to score is overall bad news, so Whitecaps fans would love to see a dynamic attacker join the team. Dos Santos was coy on whether such a signing was on the horizon. The club did complete the transfer of wingback Ali Adnan, but the Iraqi national team player did not travel to Boston after picking up his fifth yellow card against Sporting Kansas City.
Without a new signing or Adnan, plus playing 15 games in just two months, Wednesday night could be another tough game for a Whitecaps.