Whitecaps almost a lock to advance - Metro

BY BEN RYCROFT Barring any miracles this Thursday, the Vancouver Whitecaps should advance to the CONCACAF Champions League. The only way they wouldn’t, would be if the Montreal Impact were to fall on their faces and allow Toronto FC to four or more goals. Toronto has only scored four goals once in its short history. And Montreal has only allowed four or more goals once in the last three years. So, as I said, barring any miracles, Vancouver will be moving on. Advancing to the Champions League is a tremendous accomplishment for the club that has been swimming in good news off the pitch this year. Their acceptance into the MLS, the coming move to B.C. Place, all wrapped around the club’s 35th year celebrations, has put the team on high. But on the pitch has been a different story. This past Friday, the Caps won their first league match in four games by defeating Miami 3-2. The win was marred by red cards being issued to two Whitecaps players for fighting. Each other. In the 85th minute, with the game in hand, Whitecaps defender Wesley Charles ran 20 yards down the pitch to attack teammate Charles Gbeke. Just moments before the incident erupted, the two appeared to be having words over a missed chance by Gbeke. Charles was immediately red carded on the play and sent off. Gbeke would receive a yellow and then another, moments later, when he angrily kicked a water bottle on the sidelines. The pair will miss the next Caps game against Montreal and may receive additional suspensions from the league. This week should have been a continuation of this year’s celebrations. For the first time, a team other than Montreal will be presented with the Voyageurs Cup. Instead, a black cloud will hang over Vancouver as they start sorting out what is obviously a major rift in the dressing room and await news from the league on additional suspensions for their two best players. – Watch Ben Rycroft on the It’s Called Football show every Monday at metronews.ca; ben.rycroft@metronews.ca.

MLS LIVE now only $7.99

Decision Day presented by AT&T is Sunday. But, one thing is already decided. MLS LIVE is the best way to watch all the out-of-market action on Decision Day (October 22)*. You can watch multiple games on multiple devices or watch four games on one screen with your laptop. Subscriptions are only $7.99 (or $4.99 if you use our iOS app). *Some blackout rules apply.

MLS Decision Day presented by AT&T

Sunday, October 22 at 4:00pm ET

Decision Day is the only day of the season when every team plays at the exact same time. The result is the most intense and dramatic two hours of the MLS season as teams fight for playoff positions. Watch MLS's thrilling end to the season on TSN & MLS LIVE.

Secure your playoff seats!

Are you ready to rise #ForVancouver? The ’Caps are bringing playoffs back to our city! Be a part of the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver when the ‘Caps play in the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs. Get your tickets now.