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VAN-v-SJ

VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back in the win column as they prepare for a two game road trip that will see them play San Jose, and Montreal. Vancouver visits the Earthquakes on Saturday, August 24, before flying across the continent to play the Impact on Wednesday, August 28.

As we enter the dog days of summer, MLS has billed the third week of August as ‘MLS Rivalry Week’. A few exciting rivalries feature teams that just hate to play against each other.

Toronto FC vs Montreal Impact at BMO Field.

New York City FC vs New York Red Bulls at Yankee Stadium.

Orlando City SC vs Atlanta United FC at Exploria Stadium.

FC Cincinnati vs Columbus Crew SC at Nippert Stadium.

FC Dallas vs Houston Dynamo at Toyota Stadium.

Portland Timbers vs Seattle Sounders FC at Providence Park.

Los Angeles Football Club vs LA Galaxy at Banc of California Stadium.

If you are wondering who Vancouver Whitecaps FC will battle this week, you can look no further than forever rival, and arch nemesis…. San Jose Earthquakes.

The Quakes and Caps are not rivals, they’re two teams without a dance partner. While geographical proximity creates some rivalries, this battle is completely MLS manufactured.

“Now, they can call it whatever they want between Vancouver and San Jose. I wouldn’t call it a rivalry.” Coach Marc Dos Santos explained to reporters on Tuesday.

Whitecaps FC’s true rivalries feature Cascadia Cup neighbours, Seattle, and Portland. If you’re looking for Canadian battle lines, it’s Toronto and Montreal. There is no banter and bragging rights when San Jose comes up on the fixture list.

“Yeah, Montreal – Vancouver, Toronto – Vancouver, Vancouver – Portland, Vancouver – Seattle. That’s the real rivalries,” Dos Santos explained.”

Whitecaps FC’s Max Crepeau, has some unfinished business with the Earthquakes. San Jose beat Whitecaps FC handily on July 20. The Caps keeper would like to return the favour and keep Vancouver’s slim playoff chances alive.

“I still have it in the back of my head,” Crepeau said. ‘The 3-1 game we had at home against San Jose. Now it’s about doing the same thing at their house, it’s payback. That’s my mindset, we need to get points. They beat us at home, and now we have to do the same thing at their house.”

Whether it’s a top rival or not, Whitecaps FC’s Derek Cornelius doesn’t change his approach. He wants all three points. The Canadian international will leave the rivalry chatter to the supporters, and pundits. He just wants to focus on football.

“I mean it’s new to me.” Cornelius said. “I’ve been told, the big rivalries are Seattle, Portland and so on. Yeah, it’s new to me. I approach every game, the same way, whether it’s a rivalry or if it’s just another game. I try to approach it with the same mindset, competitiveness, and willingness to win. The rivalry stuff is more so for the media. When you play professional sports, no matter what game it is, you want to win.”

As Vancouver gets set to head out on the road, they could have an extra offensive boost. Michaell Chirinos trained with his new team on Tuesday morning. The 24-year-old had been stuck in Mexico awaiting his visa and international transfer certificate. Chirinos was acquired on loan from Club Deportivo Olympia on August 6.

“Michaell finally arrived,” Dos Santos said. “He was tired today. He arrived very late but he wanted to train to try to get that travel out of the legs. He needs a second wind right now. He needs to train. Hopefully he’s going to be an option for this trip.”

Whitecaps FC have built some confidence following a one-nil victory at home to D.C. United. It’s now time to continue with that momentum against rivals, San Jose, and Montreal.

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