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Real Salt Lake vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
MLS Regular Season - VWFC Match #11
Saturday, September 19, 2020 - 6:38 p.m. PT
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
TV: TSN4 - RADIO: TSN Radio 1040

MOMENTUM GROWING: Winners of two of their last three outings, Whitecaps FC enter the next phase of the continuation of play with momentum on their side and just two points outside the playoff picture. The 'Caps are coming off a 2W-1L-0D homestand and a strong team victory against a Montreal Impact team that was playing to vie for the 2020 Canadian Championship. In each of the three matches, the 'Caps scored the opening goal and found the net at least twice. 10 different 'Caps scored or assisted during the stretch with contributions coming from each part of the pitch.*

BACKS ARE PACKED: The 'Caps head out on the road, kicking off a three-game trip with a visit to Real Salt Lake. The third of five matches in 15 days, Whitecaps FC will once again have to tap on their depth. They welcome Lucas Cavallini back to the fold after a one-match absence, and Janio Bikel looked steady on Wednesday in his first game since March 7. Ali Adnan and Leonard Owusu are expected to have fresh legs for the weekend after playing limited minutes off the bench midweek versus Montreal.

AT THE RIOT: Both sides enter the match at Rio Tinto Stadium coming off emotional games versus their respective rival clubs involving skirmishes and physical play. RSL have been up-and-down as of late, with a 3-0 win over LAFC sandwiched in between a 4-0 defeat to MNUFC and most recently a 5-0 derby loss to Colorado. Striker Corey Baird is their feature man up top with two goals and four assists in the season. At centre back for the 'Caps, Derek Cornelius has quietly put together a solid year and has started the last five games. Versatile RSL midfielder/forward Damir Kreilach, who paces the side with five goals, has been lining up as a box-to-box midfielder lately.   

*Scoring summary by position (September homestand):

Fullbacks
Ali Adnan: 2 A
Jake Nerwinski: 1 G

Centre back
Andy Rose: 1 A

Centre midfielder
Michael Baldisimo: 1 G, 2 A
Leonard Owusu: 1 A

Wingers/Forwards
Theo Bair: 1 G
Lucas Cavallini: 1 G
Cristian Dajome: 1 G
David Milinkovic: 2 A
Fredy Montero: 2 G, 1 A