San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
MLS Regular Season Week 25 - WFC Match 28
Saturday, August 17, 2019 - 7:08 p.m. PT
Avaya Stadium, San Jose, CA
TV: TSN4 - RADIO: 1410 AM
BUILDING MOMENTUM: Whitecaps FC are back on the road for a pair of fixtures at San Jose on Saturday, then at Montreal on the following Wednesday. The 'Caps have now collected seven points in their last four outings. The visit to Avaya Stadium is the second of four consecutive against clubs currently above the playoff line.
GAINING STEAM UP FRONT: Yordy Reyna is coming off a strong performance with his game-winner in their last match, with support up front from Fredy Montero and Theo Bair. Tosaint Ricketts provided a late spark in his 'Caps debut against D.C., and fellow new acquisition Michaell Chirinos could be another option as he is expected in Vancouver early this week.
SHAPING UP: With two clean sheets in their last four fixtures, the 'Caps defensive shape is continuing to progress. Derek Cornelius had 10 clearances against D.C., an MLS-high for Week 24, and shared team-high with three blocks apiece with Ali Adnan. Cornelius has tallied double figures in clearances in the 'Caps last three victories against D.C., Cincinnati, and Dallas. At midfield, Inbeom Hwang was disruptive, matching his season-high with five interceptions against D.C., a feat he also accomplished in the early-season victory over LAFC.