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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s been trying times for Vancouver Whitecaps FC as they sit at the bottom of the MLS western conference with 20 points from a 4-10-8 record this season. Winless in their last eight matches across all competitions, Vancouver will try to snap a four-match MLS losing skid when they face the San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-4) at B.C. Place on Saturday night.

Whitecaps FC have been outscored 14-1 in losses to Seattle, Los Angeles FC, Kansas City, and New England. Vancouver looks like a lost team that has no chemistry, confidence, or sense of direction. The simplest passes go a miss, crosses aren’t connecting, and defensive miscues have left goalkeepers Max Crepeau, and Zac MacMath out to dry.

Does the team have the quality within themselves to snap out of the funk they’re in?

“I think we do, I think we do,” Montero told Har Journalist following training. “I’m here everyday with the guys. I know how important it is to build the confidence in training, and then showing that in the games. I know that it’s been a tough time. Especially to create chances, and score goals. I believe that this is the process, and we have to believe. At the end of the day, it’s about winning games. It’s more important to score one goal, it doesn’t matter who.”

Montero has been in and out of the starting lineup. Vancouver’s leading scorer, hasn’t found the form that he showed in 2017, when he scored 13 goals for Whitecaps FC. Montero has scored 6 goals this season, four from the penalty spot.

“Creating chances is step number one,” Montero explained. “When we have opportunities, bury them. We need to win, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.”

The 31-year-old has played a combined 53 minutes in the last three MLS matches. He has just one attempt on target for a team that’s often starved to create offensive scoring chances.

Despite his reduction in minutes, Montero remains positive, and as focused as ever.

“A technical decision with all the coaching staff,” Montero said of his role from the bench. “All the travelling, and the amount of games we have in one month. I’m here to help, whenever I’m required to. When I’m called into the starting eleven, I will. If I’m sat on the bench, I will support my teammates. I know that we have a long way to go still.”

Far too often we’ve watched Whitecaps FC crumble under adversity. If an early goal is conceded or a decision doesn’t go Vancouver’s way, the kitchen sink falls in. Whitecaps FC are a fragile team, that’s void of confidence.

The Colombian international knows how challenging it has been to build team confidence.

“It can happen,” Montero said. “We have young players. As I said before, I’ve been through many good teams, teams that are playing for relegation, which is a lot of pressure. It doesn’t happen here. I’m telling you, one way or another. We’re going to take the next step, and win a game.”

If you are expecting Whitecaps FC to make a move on the transfer market, don’t hold your breath. Vancouver had some expensive irons in the fire, that fell through. Nothing looks to be imminent now.

Head Coach Marc Dos Santos is prepared to take the criticism now, for the future, and long term development of the club.

“There are decisions that are good to make now, and others that we just have to take the bullets. Be strong knowing that people get upset with results. I have to stick with the plan of improving this club. getting the best players possible into this club. If that means that I have to suffer today. It’s good, I’m made for that. There’s no problem.” Dos Santos said.

The MLS transfer window will remains open until August 8, but Whitecaps FC are firing blanks.

“Closer? Right now, no.” Dos Santos revealed.

If Whitecaps FC are going to right the ship, it will have to come from the squad of players already assembled.

“We are professional soccer players,” Montero said. “We have to pull our heads up. We know that we need to bring all the energy. This game is the most important, we need to win.”

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