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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.


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.


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

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes match report.