Sporting KC Scouting Report: Vancouver Whitecaps

Sporting Kansas City continue their west coast road trip with a stop at BC Place to play the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Sporting Kansas City will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps this Wednesday for the second time this season. Sporting KC enters Wednesday on a three game losing streak, and similar to SKC the Whitecaps have also had their struggles this season.

The Whitecaps just snapped their own win less streak with a 3-0 win over FC Dallas this past weekend. Since we’ve already scouted the Vancouver Whitecaps once this season, we’ll look at who’s in good form and who’s not for the boys from the north.

In Form 

Let’s first start with the man in net and the 2015 Goalkeeper of the Year, David Ousted. Ousted will likely win save of the week, and could even have more than one submission. Ousted made save after save on Saturday to keep a shutout for the Whitecaps against a very dangerous FC Dallas team.

I’d like to think Melia has been the best keeper in MLS so far, but dang Ousted’s made some incredible saves. Another player that looks to have found some form as of late is Kekuta Manneh. Manneh finally got his first goal of the year against Dallas, and the speedy winger could be a handful for a young outside back like Saad Abdul-Salaam.

One other player that’s been, for the most part, pretty consistent for the ‘Caps is Jordan Harvey. The left back has played every minute of every game for the ‘Caps this season. Harvey not only played a part in a very important clean sheet against FC Dallas, but he also got one past FC Dallas’ Chris Seitz. The Whitecaps as a whole have been struggling to find form.  After putting a thumping on a very good FC Dallas team they’ll want to keep it up against a struggling Sporting KC team.

Out of Form

Mar 19, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Pedro Morales (77) dribbles the ball against the Seattle Sounders FC during the second half at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

After scoring four goals in five games Pedro Morales has missed the last three games for the Whitecaps with a left hip strain. Morales is likely to make his return in some way shape or form against SKC, and the Chilean play-maker could give the SKC midfield and backline a headache.

Bolaños is another player for the Whitecaps who is struggling with form. The Costa Rican has been in and out of the lineup since the emergence of Manneh. Bolaños, although he’ll likely be coming off the bench, will be dangerous with his service from advanced positions.

The main person that the Whitecaps would love to have found any sort of form, is Octavio Rivero. Rivero has yet to find the back of the net this season. The Whitecaps would love to get three points from this game, but I think even more importantly they’d love to see their striker put one in the back of the net. There are several other players that have struggled for the ‘Caps this season, but all of these players are capable of turning their season around in a flash. Especially a player like Octavio Rivero.

Summary

This is a game that both teams need desperately. SKC needs these three points to feel a little bit better about this long stretch of away games, and the Whitecaps need this game to continue to build on this past weekend.

I think you’ll probably see Sporting look to come out and sit back a little bit more, looking try to find something on the counter. This is not to say they won’t put high pressure on Vancouver when they can, but having just played on Sunday and having another game this Sunday, Peter Vermes might try to save some legs. The likelihood of this game ending in a draw is pretty high in my opinion. Likely neither team will get what they need with a point, but they’ll at least get something.