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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.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s been trying times for Vancouver Whitecaps FC as they sit at the bottom of the MLS western conference with 20 points from a 4-10-8 record this season. Winless in their last eight matches across all competitions, Vancouver will try to snap a four-match MLS losing skid when they face the San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-4) at B.C. Place on Saturday night.

Whitecaps FC have been outscored 14-1 in losses to Seattle, Los Angeles FC, Kansas City, and New England. Vancouver looks like a lost team that has no chemistry, confidence, or sense of direction. The simplest passes go a miss, crosses aren’t connecting, and defensive miscues have left goalkeepers Max Crepeau, and Zac MacMath out to dry.

Does the team have the quality within themselves to snap out of the funk they’re in?

“I think we do, I think we do,” Montero told Har Journalist following training. “I’m here everyday with the guys. I know how important it is to build the confidence in training, and then showing that in the games. I know that it’s been a tough time. Especially to create chances, and score goals. I believe that this is the process, and we have to believe. At the end of the day, it’s about winning games. It’s more important to score one goal, it doesn’t matter who.”

Montero has been in and out of the starting lineup. Vancouver’s leading scorer, hasn’t found the form that he showed in 2017, when he scored 13 goals for Whitecaps FC. Montero has scored 6 goals this season, four from the penalty spot.

“Creating chances is step number one,” Montero explained. “When we have opportunities, bury them. We need to win, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.”

The 31-year-old has played a combined 53 minutes in the last three MLS matches. He has just one attempt on target for a team that’s often starved to create offensive scoring chances.

Despite his reduction in minutes, Montero remains positive, and as focused as ever.

“A technical decision with all the coaching staff,” Montero said of his role from the bench. “All the travelling, and the amount of games we have in one month. I’m here to help, whenever I’m required to. When I’m called into the starting eleven, I will. If I’m sat on the bench, I will support my teammates. I know that we have a long way to go still.”

Far too often we’ve watched Whitecaps FC crumble under adversity. If an early goal is conceded or a decision doesn’t go Vancouver’s way, the kitchen sink falls in. Whitecaps FC are a fragile team, that’s void of confidence.

The Colombian international knows how challenging it has been to build team confidence.

“It can happen,” Montero said. “We have young players. As I said before, I’ve been through many good teams, teams that are playing for relegation, which is a lot of pressure. It doesn’t happen here. I’m telling you, one way or another. We’re going to take the next step, and win a game.”

If you are expecting Whitecaps FC to make a move on the transfer market, don’t hold your breath. Vancouver had some expensive irons in the fire, that fell through. Nothing looks to be imminent now.

Head Coach Marc Dos Santos is prepared to take the criticism now, for the future, and long term development of the club.

“There are decisions that are good to make now, and others that we just have to take the bullets. Be strong knowing that people get upset with results. I have to stick with the plan of improving this club. getting the best players possible into this club. If that means that I have to suffer today. It’s good, I’m made for that. There’s no problem.” Dos Santos said.

The MLS transfer window will remains open until August 8, but Whitecaps FC are firing blanks.

“Closer? Right now, no.” Dos Santos revealed.

If Whitecaps FC are going to right the ship, it will have to come from the squad of players already assembled.

“We are professional soccer players,” Montero said. “We have to pull our heads up. We know that we need to bring all the energy. This game is the most important, we need to win.”

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