Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls – Thursday 19:00 PST/22:00 EST BC Place – Vancouver.
After a 1-1 draw in New York, Vancouver Whitecaps will carry a narrow advantage over New York Red Bulls into the second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal on Thursday.
The first leg between the two MLS rivals had a little bit of everything, including a penalty save by Vancouver’s David Ousted and the sending off of teammate Cristian Techera, who up to this point was the CONCACAF Champions League joint-top scorer. Ultimately, goals from the Whitecaps’ Kekuta Manneh and New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips cancelled each other out.
Although holding a small advantage, Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson will have to make adjustments to his starting lineup. On Saturday, Vancouver traded Giles Barnes for Brek Shea. Shea will provide Vancouver with much needed experience on the left-wing, and the United States international is expected to start on Thursday night against New York.
Another forward, who may make his first appearance for Vancouver, is Fredy Montero. Montero was acquired on loan from Tianjin TEDA, and the Colombian could form a deadly partnership with the likes of Brek Shea up front.
New York, in the meantime, will have to either win the game or draw 2-2 or higher in order to advance. But, given the fact that New York struggled to get past Vancouver’s keeper David Ousted, even with a man up, Vancouver must feel that the tie is theirs to lose.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls – Players to look out for:
Fredy Montero could make his debut for Vancouver Whitecaps on Thursday night. The Colombian forward was brought in in the offseason to finally fix Vancouver’s goal scoring problems. A technically gifted forward, who can play several positions up front, Montero still holds the title of the best goal scorer at the Seattle Sounders Football Club.
Bradley Wright-Philips is the player to look out for in New York’s squad. The 31-year-old English forward scored New York’s goal in the first leg, and is the main reason that the Red Bulls still have a fighting chance in this tie.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls – Match Stats
- Neither team has ever advanced to the semi-finals of the tournament.
- Vancouver will be without Christian Techera in the second leg.
- Vancouver have won all their CONCACAF Champions League home matches this season.
Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs New York Red Bulls 2-0
Ousted – Harvey, Parker, Waston, Nerwinski – Flores, Laba – Shea, Manneh, Davies – Montero
Coach: Carl Robinson
New York Red Bulls
Robles – Bilyeu, Collin, Long, Zizzo – Roya, Martins, Davies, Kljestan– Wright-Philips, Veron
Coach: Jesse Marsch