The Vancouver Whitecaps look to snap their winless streak — now up to eight games across all competitions — when they host the San Jose Earthquakes at 10 p.m. ET Saturday at BC Place.
“We need to hit the reset button,” goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau said after Vancouver’s 4-0 defeat to New England Revolution on Wednesday. “We all need to do an evaluation of ourselves individually to put the bad side away and focus on the good side.”
‘There is a lot of fragility on our side,” Marc Dos Santos said after Wednesday’s game. “Sometimes, it is just a patch that you have to get out. We have another game Saturday and have to get out.
“We have to be strong mentally and react well. It is an opportunity to show how strong and well we can react.”
On the surface, there is not much to be optimistic about for Whitecaps fans.
The Whitecaps are facing a San Jose side that has won four out of the last five games and is fifth in the Western Conference. Only two teams in the West, Minnesota United and LA Galaxy, have scored more goals than the Earthquakes.
Aside from midfielder Anibal Godoy, who is out after surgery to the abdomen, Earthquake’s head coach Matias Almeyda has a full squad at his disposal.
All of the above constitutes bad news for a Whitecaps side that has conceded 13 unanswered goals in the last three Major League Soccer games.
On the flip side, the ‘Caps are unbeaten in their last five games against the Quakes. Furthermore, San Jose, who beat the LA Galaxy last Friday away from home, has not won back-to-back games on the road in almost four years.
Finally, with Ali Adnan having served his one-game suspension, the Whitecaps can once again rely on their most valuable player. With Adnan back in the lineup, expect the Whitecaps to start in a 4-3-3 formation rather than the 3-5-2 that was utilized by Dos Santos throughout the last few games.
“The 4-3-3 is where we want to build the club around,” Dos Santos said Wednesday.
It’s a building process the ‘Caps want to get back on track Saturday.