Whitecaps FC are in the Golden State for the third consecutive away match in a 21-day span, looking to complete an undefeated California road swing with a strong performance in San Jose. Having picked up results in tough venues at LAFC and at LA Galaxy, the ‘Caps aim for three points against the Quakes to work their way up the table in the West. Whitecaps FC have earned at least a point in five straight matches in total.
PUZZLE PIECES: Newly acquired Designated Player Ryan Gauld showed glimpses of what he could bring to the Vancouver offence during his debut last Sunday when he came off the bench at LA Galaxy. Which attacking players he could link up with remains to be seen as Lucas Cavallini is out with a left PCL sprain, while leading goalscorer Cristian Dajome sat out the last match with a right knee contusion. Another new ‘Caps acquisition could be incorporated, as defender/midfielder Florian Jungwirth is expected to be available against his former side. Jungwirth has yet to train with the team and stayed behind in California after being on the bench in the match against LA Galaxy, but he should be very familiar with the Quakes, having spent over four seasons in San Jose.
ONE MORE TRIP: The ‘Caps embark on one more road trip before finally making their return to BC Place on August 21. After the visit to PayPal Park on Friday, the ‘Caps will remain in San Jose to prepare for their next match, their first-ever visit to Austin FC on Wednesday. The ‘Caps return to Vancouver from the two-game, weeklong trip early morning on Thursday, August 19.
San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Friday, August 13, 2021 – 7:30 p.m. PT
PayPal Park, San Jose, CA
TV: TSN1 - RADIO: AM730
Pre-match show: 7 p.m. PT (TSN1), 6:30 p.m. PT (AM730)
Out: Lucas Cavallini - left PCL sprain
Doubtful: Erik Godoy - left calf strain; Cristian Gutierrez - left quad strain
Questionable: Cristian Dajome - right knee contusion
Erik Godoy is one away from 50 starts in his MLS career.
Andy Rose is one away from 50 MLS appearances for Whitecaps FC.
CONNECTIONS WITH THE QUAKES
Formerly with Whitecaps FC
Shea Salinas at VAN (’11): 30 GP, 20 GS, 1 G, 3 A in all competitions. Only Russell Teibert remains on the current ‘Caps roster since 2011.
Formerly with the QuakesFlorian Jungwirth at SJ ('17-'21): 138 GP, 131 GS, 5 G, 11 A in MLS play, Earthquakes Defensive Player of the Year in '17 and '19
Ricardo Clark at SJ ('05): 30 GP, 28 GS, 3 G, 2 A in MLS play, teammates with then-rookie Chris Wondolowski. Clark and Wondolowski both made the move when the club relocated to Houston in '06, and were teammates at the Dynamo until '09.
Evan Newton at SJ ('12-'13): DNP in MLS play.
Marc Dos Santos and brother Phil were head coach and assistant, respectively, at San Francisco Deltas, leading them to the NASL Soccer Bowl championship in their only season at the club ('17)
College teammatesBrian White with Jerome Ebobisse at Duke ('14-'15)
Argentina: Erik Godoy, Luciano Abecasis, Cristian Espinoza, Eric Remedi, Andrés Ríos, Daniel Vega, SJ head coach Matías Almeyda and assistants Omar Zarif and Carlos Roa
Brazil: Caio Alexandre, Nathan, and Judson