Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL – Wednesday 19:00 PST/22:00 EST BC Place – Vancouver.
Vancouver have finally recorded their first Major League Soccer win of the season. The Whitecaps beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 4-2 after going down 2-1 in the first half.
Following the match, Carl Robinson appeared relieved that his team were able to overcome the deficit against one of the highest priced squads in Major League Soccer. When asked about the match on Wednesday, he stated that it was a “mission impossible.”
One of the reporters, however, was quick to point out that the 4-2 victory against LA Galaxy would not have been enough to overcome the 2-0 deficit against Tigres on Wednesday. The Whitecaps, in fact, will have to score three unanswered goals in regular time, or win 2-0, and then squeeze through in extra time or penalties.
Not an easy ask against what could very well be the best team in the Western Hemisphere. But there are positives for the Whitecaps. Because, while as the Whitecaps recorded their first win of the season, the Tigres continue to struggle in the Clausura stage of Liga MX.
On April 1, Tigres fell 1-0 at home to León. André-Pierre Gignac and Ismael Sosa missed several chances for Tigres and, in the end, it was León who took the lead, and the victory. Ther result means that Tigres are four points out of the Liguilla (playoffs) and, with only seven games to go, there is a real threat that Tigres may not feature in the playoffs.
Some of this could be due to the hangover caused by winning the Apertura, and the club’s desire to win their first international trophy—the club was runners up in the 2015 Copa Libertadores, and in the 2016 CONCACAF Champions League.
In other words, Tigres are on a mission and, because of that, their domestic performances have suffered. But there is a danger in focusing on one event, as poor results can become habitual. For Vancouver, this could be the small chance they have been looking for, but, at the same time, the quality of the Mexican side will be likely too much for a Whitecaps team that is still looking for consistency this season.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL – Players to look out for:
Fredy Montero was outstanding after he came on in the second half against Los Angeles Galaxy. The Colombian forward was rested by Robinson because Montero had picked up an injury early last week. There was, however, no sign of injury on Saturday evening. Montero first scored the equalizer, and then assisted teammate Matías Laba on Vancouver’s third and fourth goals. Vancouver will now be looking at Montero to repeat his performance on Wednesday night.
Anselmo Vendrechovski Júnior better known as Juninho will be the key player for Tigres on Wednesday night. The Brazilian-born defender, who now holds a Mexican passport, has been with Tigres since 2010. At 181cm (5ft 11 in) Juninho is not an imposing centre back but, instead, stands out with his clever positional play. With Tigres holding a 2-0 lead, the Mexicans will be looking to sit deep, and spring on the counter attack, which will make Juninho both the first line of defence, and also a deep-lying playmaker from whom they can spring counter attacks on Vancouver.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL – Match Stats
- Tigres UANL have never won this competition.
- Tigres have the most valuable squad in Liga MX according to de—with a value of $60 million.
- Vancouver’s squad value of just $20 million reflects that the Whitecaps will be the outsiders in this match.
Prediction: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Tigres UANL 2-1
Ousted – Williams, Parker, Waston, Harvey – Tchani, Laba – Techera, Bolaños, Davies – Montero
Coach: Carl Robinson
Guzmán – Torres, Juninho, Ayala, Advincula – Dueñas, Pizarro – Álvarez, Damm – Gignac, Vargas
Coach: Ricardo Ferretti