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New York City FC full-back, Anton Tinnerholm in Vancouver, on Friday, August 30, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER, B.C – A well rested New York City FC side arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday afternoon ahead of Saturday’s crucial match against Whitecaps FC at B.C. Place. The ‘Boys in Blue’ have been enjoying several sights in and around Vancouver, including a trip to the Capitano Suspension Bridge.

While it’s exciting to be a tourist, it’s not all fun and games for New York City FC. This is a business trip after all, three points are on the line, and New York City FC wants to pickup momentum heading into the MLS stretch drive.

“I think we’re doing great,” New York City FC’s Anton Tinnerholm, explained to Har Journalist in an exclusive sit down interview. “We have a couple of games in hand. The last couple of games this season, it’s going to be pretty tight. We’ve played really well, and we have to keep on going. We want to be top of the east for sure. There’s one way to do it, just win, and we have to start tomorrow.”

Much has been made of New York City FC’s decision to travel to Vancouver three days before Saturday’s match. Vancouver had some challenges following Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo. Whitecaps FC’s original flight home from Montreal on Thursday was cancelled.

The road weary Whitecaps didn’t arrive back in Vancouver until 4pm PT.

New York City FC has had two full days to acclimate themselves to the west coast.

The Swedish international weighed in on all the travel talk surrounding both teams.

“I can just speak for myself, I think it’s better to arrive early to adjust to the time difference. Sometimes it’s different weather as well. I like to come here early. Then we can have the time to discover the city. I like to get adjusted to the time difference.”

New York City FC take on a Whitecaps FC side that’s earned just one victory at home in the preview three months. The visitors are riding a three match winning streak. While Vancouver continues to slump at the bottom of the western conference with a 6-14-9 record, New York City FC holds a 13-5-8 record, and third spot in the east.

Despite the difference, Tinnerholm knows it’s going to be quite the battle on the pitch.

“All the games in this league are tough, especially the away games,” Tinnerholm explained. “We were at the stadium, and we train today. It’s a fantastic stadium. We expect a tough game, we’ve been looking at them in some clips. They seem to have decent team. They don’t have that much points, if you look at the standings, but they’re a dangerous team. We have to be focused one hundred percent, and put the pressure high on them from the very start.

We have to keep the tempo high, they’ve traveled a lot this week, and we have to take advantage of that. Start the game in a high tempo, and take possession of the ball. Make them run, and we can rest with the ball. It’s important for us to start in the right way.”

In his second MLS season with New York City FC, Tinnerholm has contributed one goal, and added six assists. His versatility at the right-back position has brought another explosive option on the flank.

The 28-year-old had previously spent his entire career playing in Sweden’s, Allevenskan league.

“There’s a lot of things that are different compared to back home,” Tinnerholm said. “You can see it in two ways. Either you see that everything here is wrong, but I want to see that you can make a difference.

I think the teams here are really good, the away games are especially tough because of the travel of course. Most of the teams go one hundred percent in every home game. It’s never an easy game in this league, I enjoy it. I’ve felt good from the very start, since I joined NYCFC, and now we keep on going.”

The Linkoping, native, and his teammates will look to keep on going against Whitecaps FC. New York City FC are the clear favourites, but football isn’t played on paper. Anything can happen in the beautiful game.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes at B.C. Place on July 20, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER, B.C – The San Jose Earthquakes added to Vancouver’s misery with a 3-1 victory over Whitecaps FC. Chris Wondolowski, Vako, and Magnus Eriksson each scored to counter an opening first half tally from Doneil Henry. A crowd of 17,558 went home disappointed as Whitecaps FC are now winless in nine matches across all competitions.

“I thought that in the locker room before the game, we looked very motivated to play the game,” Coach Marc Dos Santos said. “I felt that in the first fifteen minutes, we came out and we were aggressive. We got the first goal, I felt good about the start. When we conceded the two goals, mentally, it’s hard, right now, for us. To get a reaction there, it’s hard. It gives us also, a lot of answers for the future.”

Whitecaps FC slump to 4-11-8 on the campaign, and remain at the bottom of the western conference with 20 points. Vancouver has been outscored 17 – 2 in their last five MLS matches. You have to go back to May 25, 2019 for Vancouver’s last MLS victory.

“At the end of the day, we deserved to lose. They were the better team.” Dos Santos said.

A resurgent Earthquakes squad jump up to 10-7-4 with 34 points.

Second year winger, Magnus Eriksson, spoke about San Jose’s bounce back season.

“We have a coach that believes in us,” Eriksson explained to Har Journalist. “I think that’s really really important. A whole coaching staff that believes in what we’re doing. Believes in us as players, humans, which is really important. I think that I speak for a lot of guys, we feel like we’re on the right track this year. I think everybody has enjoyed it a lot this year. We needed it, after last year.”

Whitecaps FC got an early lead thanks to a quality finish from centre-back, Doneil Henry. Yordy Reyna sent in a free kick, that San Jose had trouble clearing. Henry broke free, and curled home his third goal of the season to put Vancouver ahead 1-0, just 7′ minutes in.

San Jose quickly answered back with a goal of their own in the 17′ minute. Vancouver’s back-four was caught ball watching, and Max Crepeau was hung out to dry. Cristian Espinoza sent in a cross that was fumbled by Whitecaps FC.

Vako was in perfect position to score his sixth goal of the season.

A calamity of errors ensued for the home-side, and San Jose was able to capitalized to take a 2-1 lead. Vako fired a shot off the post that hit Crepeau in the backside. The Caps keeper scrambled back to scoop the ball out of the goal-mouth. Chris Wondolowski converted on the vacated Vancouver net to put the visitors ahead in the 34′ minute.

San Jose scored an insurance marker in the 78′ off a lovely display of build up from Eriksson, and Espinoza. The Swedish international, had all sorts of time and space to blast his shot past Crepeau to give the Earthquakes a 3-1 advantage.

If not for Crepeau’s eight saves on the night, Whitecaps FC could have been blown out at home. The Caps shot-stopper kept his side in the match for as long as he could.

“We know it’s not good enough,” Crepeau said. “We all know it, we’re not hiding, we all know it, everyone deserves better from this club. We need to be better, bottom line.”

Despite trailing by just a goal for much of the match, Vancouver never looked like a side that was going to threaten the Earthquakes. Whitecaps FC scored first, but San Jose remained focused, and quickly took over. Vancouver’s confidence is too easily shaken, and they aren’t equipped with overcoming adversity. San Jose took all three points.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos speaks to reporters on July 20, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

“It looks like we’re off of the playoff spot,” Dos Santos said. “It’s much more difficult right now, but mathematically everything is still on. When it comes to the Canadian Championship, it’s another competition that we’re in, and we want to try and move forward in it.”

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Max Crepeau; Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Jon Erice(C), Inbeom; Russell Teibert, 70 (Felipe) Yordy Reyna, Lass Bangoura, 62 (Joaquin Ardaiz); Fredy Montero, 76 (Theo Bair). 4-2-3-1

San Jose Earthquakes Starting XI: Daniel Vega; Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Harold Cummings, Tommy Thompson; Jackson Yueill, Judson; Valeri Qazaishvilli, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza, 82 (Paul Marie); Chris Wondolowski, 74 (Danny Hoesen). 4-2-3-1

LYON – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my Sweden vs Netherlands World Cup semifinal preview.

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Sweden’s Elin Rubensson speaks to the media ahead of playing the Netherlands. July 2, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist 

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RENNES – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my feature on Sweden’s historic win over Germany at the Women’s World Cup

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Sweden celebrating a 2-1 win over Germany at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup on June 29, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist

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RENNES – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my Germany vs Sweden World Cup quarterfinal preview.

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Germany vs Sweden at The Roazhon Park in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Photo: Har Journalist

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PARIS – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my story on Canada’s exit from the World Cup.

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Sweden and Canada kickoff at the 2019 World Cup in Paris France, on Monday June 24, 2019. Photo Har Journalist 

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PARIS – Please visit Equalizer Soccer for my Canada vs Sweden round of sixteen World Cup preview.

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Canada’s Christine Sinclair talks to the press in Paris, France on Saturday June 22, 2019. Photo: Canada Soccer

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