“We have to be better” – .

“We have to be better” – .

The Vancouver Whitecaps are looking for answers again after another frustrating outcome.

For the third time this season, the ‘Caps (2-6-3) lost points in injury time on Sunday, conceding a goal to FC Dallas and settling for a 2-2 draw.

“We can look at the results, we are far from home, we score a point. But we’re also frustrated because we know we could get all three in some of these cases, ”said forward Brian White. “We don’t lose the game, but we don’t win, so there is frustration there, of course. “

Vancouver is mired in a seven-game winless drought, with its latest win – a 2-0 decision over CF Montreal – coming on May 8. The club linger at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with nine points.

The Whitecaps will look to turn the season around on Wednesday when they face Real Salt Lake (3-3-4).

This will be the second clash of the year between two teams who share a “home” stadium in Sandy, Utah, as border closures linked to the pandemic prevent the “Caps” from living and training in Vancouver. .

Last time the score was tied at 1-1 at the end of regulation time, but two fatal stoppage strikes gave Salt Lake a 3-1 victory.

Injury time has since become a sore point for the Whitecaps, as the team conceded five goals in extra minutes this year, including the equalizer in Sunday’s game with Dallas.

“We have to be better. We have to do better in the event of an injury because it’s been three times now (we’ve lost points), ”head coach Marc Dos Santos said on Tuesday. “And we were very hard on ourselves about it. But we cannot allow this to scare us.

The squad were injured late in the game, he added, easing the pressure in favor of the defense and making the wrong decisions.

“Sometimes we want to win too much or we want too much to make us a team that is afraid of losing,” said Dos Santos. “So now we defend everything in our box and we give territory to the opponent. “

Vancouver knows what will happen if they head into added time on Wednesday, the coach said. They know Salt Lake will send hits into the box. They know their opponents will be looking for Damir Kreilach, the attacking midfielder who doubled against the Caps on June 18.

“We know it happens. And we have to be ready for that and make sure we make the plays that we have to make, ”said Dos Santos.

The Whitecaps will be without two of their biggest stars when they face Real Salt Lake, however, with forward Lucas Cavallini and goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau both called up to the Canadian national team for the Gold Cup.

Cavallini is second in the scorers’ selection with three goals (behind Cristian Dajome’s four) and Crepeau has played all 11 games this year, winning two clean sheets.

“This is where a guy like Brian (White) or Theo Bair is going to have a huge opportunity to replace (Cavallini), a guy who was in good shape for us. Evan (Newton) and Thomas (Hasal) are going to have a great opportunity to replace Max, who has been very stable for us, ”said Dos Santos. “This is their opportunity to respond that they also deserve to play for this team. “

It’s an opportunity White is relishing.

The 25-year-old American arrived at the Whitecaps last month via a trade with the New York Red Bulls. He scored on his club debut against Salt Lake, but is looking to consolidate a place in the squad.

“Anytime you have a chance on the pitch you want to grab it with both hands and not let it go,” he said. “I can’t wait to go back, get a start and do whatever I can to help the team win, whether it’s on the defensive, whether it’s to score goals, to make it difficult for the defenders, put the team in a good position to get the full three points.


Wednesday, Rio Tinto stadium

INJURY LIST: The Whitecaps will be without midfielder Michael Baldisimo (sprained right ankle), full-back Bruno Gaspar (sprained left ankle) and forward Tosaint Ricketts (Achilles tendinopathy).

HIGH DROUGHT: None of the last 15 games between Vancouver and Salt Lake have ended in a tie.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: The ‘Caps haven’t played at BC Place this season, but the club have had strong results at their temporary home in Sandy, Utah. The Whitecaps are 2-2-0 at home this year.


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