VANCOUVER, BC – Coming off a big win over the defending MLS Cup champions and two goals from newcomers Christian Bolaños and Masato Kudo, Vancouver Whitecaps FC make a quick turnaround to face Chicago Fire tonight at BC Place.
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Here are three storylines for the match.
FOUR GAMES, FOUR GOALS?
Having scored in each of his last three matches, Christian Bolaños is looking to extend his goalscoring streak against the Windy City side.
The Costa Rican got his first goal just two weeks ago, on April 27, when he sent a left-footed volley into the back of Sporting Kansas City’s net early in the first half. Three days later, Bolaños scored once again when he put away a rebound off his own penalty kick.
Most recently, he found the back of the net this past weekend vs. Portland when a cross from the top of the box breezed over top of Blas Pérez and through the legs of Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson. Can he keep the streak alive against the Fire?
YOUTH AT THE HELM
Tonight’s fixture will see two of the youngest coaches in the league go head-to-head for the first and only time this regular season: Whitecaps FC’s Carl Robinson, 39, and Chicago Fire’s Veljko Paunović, 38.
Both coaches also have playing experience in MLS, with Robinson suiting up for Toronto FC (2007 to 2010) and New York Red Bulls (2010 to 2011), and Paunović joining Philadelphia Union in 2011, where he was teammates with current Whitecaps FC defender Jordan Harvey.
The match sets up an interesting return to Vancouver for the Fire head coach. Paunović made his MLS debut against Whitecaps FC on June 18, 2011 with Philadelphia. The ‘Caps won 1-0.
With his appearance this past weekend against Portland, Jordan Harvey has tied Gershon Koffie’s club record with 133 MLS regular season appearances for the ‘Caps. Should he see the field tonight, Harvey will overtake Koffie for top spot in the record books – something he discussed with media this week.
Whitecaps FC acquired the Californian defender in a trade with Philadelphia Union midway through their inaugural season in 2011. Already with two goals this year, Harvey became the club’s all-time leader in MLS regular season starts and minutes played last month.
Will he add another milestone on Wednesday? Will Bolaños keep the streak alive?
Join us at 7 p.m. PT at BC Place or tune in on TSN2 to find out.
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