After making their Vancouver return this past Sunday and finally training on their home grounds during the week, Whitecaps FC are back in Utah for one more “home” match at Rio Tinto Stadium. The ‘Caps fly back to Salt Lake City on Friday to get resettled in, prior to hosting Minnesota United FC for the Saturday night matchup.
COLLECTING POINTS: The ‘Caps aim to extend their undefeated streak to four matches after completing a tough and busy stretch last week with a 1W-2D record, including strong performances in their comeback win over LA Galaxy, and a hard-earned road point against LAFC at raucous Banc of California Stadium. Opposite to them is an in-form MNUFC side, who has gone unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 matches.
CALLED TO ACTION: The ‘Caps have seen a number of players step up as of late, getting valuable contributions from across the lineup most recently during their visit to LAFC this past weekend. With Caio Alexandre suspended due to yellow card accumulation along with Lucas Cavallini, head coach Marc Dos Santos may elect to reinsert Russell Teibert into the XI to man the midfield with Michael Baldisimo and Janio Bikel. The trio has started five matches in the midfield together in 2021. Wingers Deiber Caicedo and Cristian Dajome have provided the scoring punch for the ‘Caps all season, especially since striker Lucas Cavallini left for the Gold Cup. 12 of the ‘Caps 16 goals have been scored or assisted by either of the Colombian duo, including the last five.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC
Saturday, July 31, 2021 - 7:11 p.m. PT
Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, UT
TV: TSN1 - RADIO: AM730
Pre-match show: 6 p.m. PT (AM730)
AVAILABILITY REPORTQuestionable: Bruno Gaspar - left ankle sprain
Questionable: Andy Rose - right hamstring
Suspended: Caio Alexandre - yellow card accumulation
Suspended: Lucas Cavallini - yellow card accumulation