VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s no secret Whitecaps FC have had a difficult season, at 5-12-9 record has Vancouver at the bottom of the MLS western conference. A two-match unbeaten streak was quickly snapped by a 3-1 loss to the Portland Timbers on Saturday at Providence Park.

An 11 match winless streak across all competitions, and a two-month spell in between victories quickly sunk Whitecaps FC’s hopes of having a successful season. A quarterfinal loss to Canadian Premier League side, Cavalry FC, in the Canadian Championship was also a low point.

In his third season on the west coast, Whitecaps FC’s Yordy Reyna has been part of a few ups and downs with Vancouver. He still believes Whitecaps FC have the quality to compete in MLS. A number of factors just haven’t gone accordingly.

“We have to start the season stronger and have a quick start,” Reyna explained exclusively to Har Journalist. “This past month with all the gams in succession, it didn’t help. We definitely have the team that can compete in MLS. We just need to have consistently strong performances throughout the year.”

Whitecaps FC have had trouble scoring, and they’ve had trouble keeping the ball out of their own net.

A -19 goal differential is the worst among teams in the west.

Vancouver has scored 26 goals in 26 games, an average of one goal per game leaves little margin for error.

Whitecaps FC’s top goal-scorers leave a lot to be desired.

Fredy Montero 6 goals

Yordy Reyna 4 goals

Doneil Henry 3 goals

Lucas Venuto 3 goals (Mutually parted ways on August 1, 2019)

InBeom Hwang 2 goals

The 25-year-old, Reyna, is one of a handful of players that remained on the roster after the organization cleaned house in the offseason. In his first two seasons with Vancouver, Reyna, scored 6 goals each season. He added 4 assists in 2017, and 11 assists in 2018. He has 1 assist in 2019.

Why have Whitecaps FC struggled so mightily this season?

“It’s exactly what you were saying,” Reyna agreed, “It’s new players, so it’s tough to get into a groove, especially every year when you’re getting some turnover. It’s hard to get that stability. It’s just going to take more time to get to know each other, more, and more, and be able to play with each other better.”

The clock is ticking, Reyna, and Whitecaps FC are running out of time. Vancouver hasn’t won a match at B.C. Place since a 2-1 victory over FC Dallas on May 25. The club remains 12 points out of the playoffs. Vancouver’s five wins have them tied for the fewest in MLS.

There’s still a chance, and that’s all Reyna needs to stay positive.

“Yeah, there’s still 8 game left,” Reyna said. “There’s still a lot of possibilities. We’re not by all means completely ruled out. If we get some results going our way, and we perform well, then we can finish the season strong.”

Whitecaps FC will host D.C. United at B.C. Place on Saturday night. The ‘Black and Red’ are 10-7-9 on the season, and they’re coming off a 2-1 win at home vs the LA Galaxy on Sunday.

Anytime D.C. United is on the fixture list, Wayne Rooney draws a lot of attention. The England all-time leading scorer is someone Reyna looks forward to playing against.

“Yeah, everybody knows Rooney.” Reyna smiled, “He’s a big player, he played a lot of years in England with Manchester United. He’s a good player, but I want to win this game. We know we need the points, and we need the win here at home.”

Having spent time playing in Austria, and Germany, Reyna is familiar with the battle a club can face with promotion and relegation at stake. Leagues all over the world use promotion, and relegation, but not MLS. It’s not coming to MLS anytime soon, but it’s certainly something players have thought about.

“It’s no comparison, every league has another level,” Reyna said. “I think here with players coming like (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic, (Carlos) Vela, they make MLS very very strong. You can’t really compare the two, really. When we have strong players coming over it’s making the league stronger, and more competitive. We just need a little more of that, and MLS is defiantly still growing, and getting better.”

The Peruvian international could be playing his final two months with Whitecaps FC. Reyna signed a new contract for the 2019 season, with club options for 2020, and 2021. Reyna’s salary has him earning $713,140, fourth highest on the team.

“I don’t know, it depends on what happens with the decision,” Reyna explained. “I like Vancouver, I’ve had three years here, but I don’t know what’s going to happen after.”

Any discussions about his future with the club will have to wait until after the season.

“I don’t talk now, because we have 8 games more,” Reyna explained. “I don’t know what’s going to happen after these 8 games. I want to stay because I like the city, I have a lot of friends here, but everybody don’t know what’s going to happen. It’s soccer, maybe you are here, next time you are in another place.”

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be hoping they are in another place next season, preferably in a playoff spot. 2019 has been a season to forget. Yordy Reyna could be back, or it could be farewell, adios.

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