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VANCOUVER, B.C – The Zlatan show has come and gone, and it’s now time for the Bastian show as Vancouver Whitecaps FC travel to the Windy City to take on Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Chicago Fire on Friday night at SeatGeek Stadium.

Winless Whitecaps FC, are facing a familiar story as they have yet to record a victory this season.

A 0-4-1 (1-pont) start to the season has fans, media, and curious observers circling.

“I feel like we’re always talking about the same thing.” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters on Thursday. “

“How do you improve…” Dos Santos asked the assembled media.

“You have to finish the chances that you have,” Dos Santos explained. “That could normally help you change the dynamic of a game. The big clear chances that we have, we have to finish them, and then see how the game plays out from there.”

Whitecaps FC haven’t scored in two matches, and the team as a whole has scored one goal from open play this season. With goals at a premium, the emphasis on playing solid defence, and keeping a clean sheet is higher than ever.

Vancouver enters a stretch where they will play three matches, in nine days, in three cities. Chicago, LAFC, and Orlando all present challenges of their own. Although it’s still relatively early, there must be an urgency to pickup points.

“Yes, every game we want points,” Goalkeeper, Maxime Crepeau told Har Journalist. “The urgency is always there before it’s too late, so totally.”

The 24-year-old, Crepeau has started all five Whitecaps FC matches this season. He recorded his first career MLS clean sheet in a nil-nil draw vs Seattle Sounders FC on March 30. In his first full season as a no.1 MLS keeper, can Crepeau handle an increased work load during a crucial trio of fixtures?

“It’s about the staff making decisions,” Crepeau said. “But I feel like I can play every game, anytime, no problem.”

At the other end of the pitch, Vancouver will face goalkeeper David Ousted, who made his mark during five seasons with Whitecaps FC. The Danish shot-stopper posted a 55-49-39 record during his time on the west coast.

During the 2017 season, Ousted took a young New Jersey native under his wing.

“Dave’s a great guy,” Jake Nerwinski explained. “I played with him my first year, he helped me a lot. He’s a veteran that kind of took me under his wing, and gave me some good advice. I think we’re worried about our tactics and being able to execute them against an entire Chicago team.”

In terms of tactics Whitecaps FC need to score early, dictate the play, and make sure they take their chances. The 1-2-2 (5-points) Fire haven’t had a smooth start to the season, but they have several stars that can change a match.

Schweinsteiger isn’t the only face Whitecaps FC should be worried about. Nemanja Nikolić, Aleksandar Katai, and their newest acquisition, Nicolás Gaitán, all have the ability to turn up and take control of a match.

“Yeah, they have a good team,” Crepeau agreed. “We’ve seen them. They picked up a point in Toronto last week. They’re a team with a dangerous body in front. (C.J) Sapong is a target up front, and Bastian is of a great soccer mind. They have a good team of course. This league is difficult when we go on the road. Now it’s all about being together, and getting a result.”

How do Whitecaps FC earn a result, and get the better of Schweinsteiger?

“Bastian is a world-class player, he’s had a great career,” Nerwinski said. “We know that he’s great at playing out of the back. He’s very calm on the ball. We just need to be able to exploit his weaknesses. He’s not as fast as he was anymore. We need to make sure we can get balls in behind, make him run, and get him tired.”

If you can’t win on the wings, the old adage of run, and gun, and getting in behind the oppositions back-line is a time-tested tactic. Whitecaps FC have the pace, but it remains to be seen if Bastian will be bothered by an aggressive over-the-top transition approach.

“We know at this point, it’s important to get a tie or a win,” Nerwinski revealed. “We’re getting to that point where we need to start getting results. Just for morale, building confidence, and for going on with the season. We’re looking at, at least getting a point against Chicago.”

Bridgeview, Illinois could be the good luck charm Whitecaps FC have been waiting for. Chicago has never been solid at home. The time is perfect for Vancouver to bounce back and earn Marc Dos Santos his first MLS win as a head coach.

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C – The first week of Vancouver Whitecaps FC training camp has concluded so what better time to anoint the no.1 goalkeeper for the 2019 season.

Maxime Crépeau and Zac MacMath were among the first group of players that head coach Marc Dos Santos acquired in December. While Whitecaps FC’s roster is a work in progress, the goalkeeper position is the strongest on the depth chart.

The 27 year-old MacMath has made 134 appearances in eight MLS seasons split between Colorado and Philadelphia. He has MLS experience, but has never really solidified being a no.1 goalkeeper. In his last two seasons with the Rapids, MacMath has 11 appearances, as former U.S. Soccer goalkeeper Tim Howard earned most starts.

“I’ve been a number one before,” MacMath told reporters earlier this week. “I’m looking forward to getting back to being a no.1 goalkeeper in this league. Hopefully I can be a leader in this locker room in helping some of the younger guys, and some of the guys transitioning into MLS.”

MacMath just wants a place to play. Opportunities didn’t come often enough in Colorado. Now that he’s in Vancouver, he’s happy to be in the running for more matchday action.

“I’m just happy to be here,” MacMath told Har Journalist.” Hopefully having an opportunity to play this season. With Tim (Howard) there, I really didn’t have a chance to play. Having that opportunity is kind of exciting for me. I look forward to the season.”

The St. Petersburg Florida native, has an all-time 46-51-36 MLS record. His best season came in 2013 when he was 12-12-10 with 12 clean-sheets for the Union. MacMath has not been a consistent starter in MLS since 2014.

That could change with Vancouver, but it’s not a lock.

MacMath is already taking on an underdog approach.

“Sure, if that’s the way I need to be,” MacMath said pondering the odd question. “It doesn’t really matter what position I’m in right now. It just matters come March 2.”

Maxime Crépeau was 2018 USL Goalkeeper of the Year. He was also named a 2018 USL First Team All-Star. Crépeau led the USL with 15 clean sheets. The 24 year-old doesn’t have a vast amount of MLS experience, but that should come. He made a trio of starts for Montreal during the 2017 season. At 0-3-0, he’s still looking for his first MLS win.

Whitecaps FC’s new goalkeeper coach, Youssef Dahha was the Ottawa Fury goalkeeper coach last season, and he worked closely with Crépeau. With the success Crépeau had last season in Ottawa with Dahha, maybe he will be the no.1?

“That would be a question for Marc,” MacMath said.

Crépeau could very well have an inside track on the no.1 spot, but Dos Santos brushed aside any notion.

“No, one-hundred percent not,” Dos Santos said of Crépeau having an advantage. “First of all, I never really worked with Max in the first team because he was a youth goalkeeper in the club. He was training with the first team, but he was never my goalkeeper.”

“Youseff had him in Ottawa, in maybe his only year he wasn’t with the Impact. So no, Max is here because he deserves to be here. He has the quality to be here. Every goalkeeper in the club and everybody training here has a fair shot.”

“The games are the indicator. It’s fair. Whoever does better.”

Preseason is when tactics, chemistry, and formations are first-born. This is when a lot of the ground work is done. It will also be the first opportunity to see which goalkeeper can shine in a new environment, Crépeau or MacMath.

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