By BOB MACKIN
- THE BUZZ:
The forecast is for clouds and sun, but it'll be weak Thunder rolling over Swangard Stadium tonight.
- BACK IN THE SWAN:
The Vancouver Whitecaps return home to host the United Soccer Leagues' First Division last-place Minnesota Thunder at 7:30 p.m.(Shaw TV/USLLive.com).
- SLUMP BUSTER:
The 4-5-3 Whitecaps are back in action after a 2-2 tie with the Cleveland City Stars in Ohio on June 23. Vancouver has just one win in its last six league matches. That was 3-2 over Miami FC on June 12 when assistant captain Wesley Charles and star striker Charles Gbeke were red-carded after their high-profile, on-field fight.
- TWO CHUCKS:
Charles and Gbeke were suspended one-game each by the league and given an extra one-game ban from the Caps. They were fined an undisclosed amount by the club, payable to the Whitecaps' Foundation.
Minnesota is in search of its first road win. Whitecap Marlon James had a hat trick when the teams met in May in Minny.
- MIDFIELD MALADIES:
Justin Moose (foot) remains disabled while Ansu Toure (knee) is recovering from surgery. The Caps travel to Miami on Sunday.