Preview: 'Caps set for Friday night battle with Minnesota

Preview vs. Minnesota

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to continue their hot streak on Friday when they welcome Western Conference rivals Minnesota United FC to BC Place. The 'Caps have the best record in MLS over the past 10 matches at 6W-2L-2D (20 points), and also have the best home record in the league since returning to BC Place last year. Minnesota also enter on a good run of form with consecutive wins over LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Minnesota United FC
Friday, July 8, 2022 – 7:30 p.m. PT
BC Place – Vancouver, BC
Pre-match show: 6:30 p.m. PT (AM730)


Sebastian Berhalter
Déiber Caicedo
Cristian Gutiérrez
Thomas Hasal
Luís Martins

Caio Alexandre
Michael Baldisimo

'CAPS VS. LOONS: After capturing a 1-0 victory over Western Conference leaders LAFC on Saturday night, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to culminate their four-game homestand this Friday. Both the 'Caps and Loons share identical 7W-8L-3D records and look to move into a playoff spot. The last time the 'Caps hosted Minnesota was back in October 2021, when they captured a 2-1 win thanks to a Brian White game-winner. Over their last 19 matches at BC Place dating back to last season, the 'Caps have posted a 14W-2L-3D record in both MLS and Canadian Championship play.

STAY UNTIL THE END: Since May 8, the Blue and White have scored five goals in the 89th minute or later of a match at BC Place. Four of the goals were game winners against Toronto FC, FC Dallas, Real Salt Lake and LAFC, while the other was an equalizer against San Jose Earthquakes.

STURDY AT THE BACK: A big part of the 'Caps fine form has been their defensive performances, as they've recorded three consecutive clean sheets in league play and have not conceded a goal in their last 271 minutes of MLS action and counting. Overall, Vancouver sits tied for the second-most clean sheets in the league this season with seven, one off league leaders NYCFC. 'Caps centre back Ranko Veselinović also leads the league in clearances with 105 through 17 starts.