'Caps hoping to rediscover 'fantastic attacking play' from season-opening win at BC Place

"It's important that we put our stamp on the game"

Robinson first match

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VANCOUVER, B.C.  Vancouver Whitecaps FC are hoping to bring back the style when they return for their first home game since opening day at BC Place.

When the 'Caps take on Houston Dynamo on Saturday (4 p.m. PT; TSN2), it won't just be a result they're are seeking – but an execution of similar sizzle the team showed against New York Red Bulls in a 4-1 win on March 8 to kick off the season.

“We try to do it on the road,” forward Kenny Miller told reporters at BC Place on Thursday following a training session, when asked about playing an attractive possession style. “It's just not seemed to come to fruition as yet. But ... that first home game, there was a lot of movement, a lot of fantastic attacking play, a lot of chances created. We're hoping to get back to that on Saturday.”

In the Dynamo, Whitecaps FC face a team known for its organization and athleticism, topped off with the quality of winger Brad Davis.

“They're not going to come here and let us play,” Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said Thursday. “It's important we put our stamp on the game. We did it in our first home game. It's important we do it in every home game. ... It's important we put our mark on the game.

“We will do it. We'll try and do it the right way. Having said that, they'll mix it up. They're a very physical team, very well coached.”

It's uncertain what sort of lineup Vancouver will field against their Eastern Conference opponents, but at least two changes are expected. 

Midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker will miss out after his off-field accident last weekend, which will likely mean that Gershon Koffie will earn his first start of the season.

At the back, central defender and captain Jay DeMerit is set to step in for either Andy O'Brien or Johnny Leverón, after he was rested for last weekend's long-distance road trip to New England.

“I hope so,” DeMerit responded when asked if he felt a bit of extra zip ahead of this match given his weekend off. “It's one of those things. I've had a couple days – well, only one day off, actually – so it's not like I was resting that much.

“It's about maintenance, staying fit and making sure I'm ready to go for Saturday, and so far so good.”

Martin MacMahon covers Vancouver Whitecaps FC for MLSsoccer.com.