Starting XI - 2017

Lineup vs. New York City FC

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC host star-studded New York City FC tonight at BC Place. Tickets remain available. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. PT (TSN1/3/4 and TSN 1040).

Here’s a look at Vancouver’s starting lineup.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.David Ousted; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 4.Kendall Waston ©, 26.Tim Parker, 2.Jordan Harvey; 13.Cristian Techera, 8.Andrew Jacobson, 16.Tony Tchani, 7.Christian Bolaños; 12.Fredy Montero, 20.Brek Shea

Substitutes
70.Paolo Tornaghi, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 19.Erik Hurtado, 22.Christian Dean, 23.Bernie Ibini, 29.Yordy Reyna, 77.Mauro Rosales

NOTES:
Manager Carl Robinson makes two changes to the starting XI from last weekend’s 4-0 defeat at Chicago Fire as Kendall Waston and Fredy Montero replace Matías Laba (suspended) and Bernie Ibini
Four Canadians - Adekugbe, Davies, de Jong, and Teibert - are with Canada as they continue their preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup
First time the back four of Nerwinski, Waston, Parker, Harvey have started together since the CONCACAF quarterfinal series against New York Red Bulls on February 22 and March 2 
Waston returns to the line-up after missing three matches with a left hip strain and right hand fracture (successful surgery on June 23) suffered during the first half of the Costa Rica vs. Trinidad and Tobago FIFA World Cup qualifier on June 13. WFC went 0-1-2 without their captain
Last Saturday in Chicago, five players returned from injury
- Bolaños missed two matches with a right shoulder sprain suffered during the first half of Costa Rica vs. Panama FIFA World Cup qualifier on June 8
- Mezquida missed three matches with a right high ankle sprain suffered during the first half of the Canadian Championship semifinal second leg at Montreal Impact on May 30
- Dean missed 10 matches, including both Canadian Championship matches, with a left foot (fifth metatarsal) stress reaction suffered in training on April 25
- Hurtado missed 14 matches, including the last CCL game and both Canadian Championship matches, with a left foot fracture suffered at the end of the first half against LA on April 1
- Reyna had missed the entire season, a total of 21 MLS, CCL, and CC games, with a left foot (fifth metatarsal) fracture suffered in the second half of the preseason match at Portland on February 15, had surgery on February 21
Jacobson returns to his more familiar position of centre mid after making three consecutive starts at centre back
Three ’Caps (Ousted, Parker, Harvey) have started 16 of the first 17 MLS RS matches and all four CCL matches
Six starters have started more than 100 MLS regular season matches (Ousted 130, Harvey 244, Jacobson 170, Tchani 155, Shea 122, Montero 122)
Starting XI has an average age of 28 years, 11 months, and four weeks
Six different birth countries: Cameroon, Costa Rica (x2), Colombia, Denmark, Uruguay, and USA (x5)
Injury list is down to two players in Edgar (out for the season) and Levis (on track for an August return)
 
PLAYER NOTES:
#1 DAVID OUSTED – AGE: 32 – GREVE, DENMARK
140th all-time start for Whitecaps FC, second only to Jordan Harvey, since the club joined MLS in 2011
Started every match this year outside of March 18 v Toronto due to a red card suspension, which was just the second MLS match Ousted has missed since his MLS debut on August 3, 2013 at Providence Park, as well as the two CC matches
 
#28 JAKE NERWINSKI – AGE: 22 – LAWRENCEVILLE, NEW JERSEY
Youngest player in Robinson’s starting XI
Rookie makes his 10th first team start of the season – MLS (6) + CCL (2) + CC (2)
- Made his debut in the first leg of the CCL quarterfinals in his home state against New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena
Was named Budweiser Man of the Match in the April 8 match at RSL
Selected in the first round (seventh overall) by WFC in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft
Two starts in the USL this season
 
#4 KENDALL WASTON – AGE: 29 – LIMÓN, COSTA RICA
Prior to his injuries, which saw Waston miss three matches, the captain had played the full 90 of every match, outside of the MLS opener against Philadelphia on March 5 and the two CC matches
Tied for 11th in MLS with 79 clearances and tied for third with 52 headed clearances. Also, tied for 11th in MLS with 12 blocks
 
#26 TIM PARKER – AGE: 24 – HICKSVILLE, NEW YORK
Played the full 90 of every match to start the season outside of San Jose away on March 11 and the first leg of the Canadian Championship semifinal
Tied for 11th most aerials won in MLS with 37, tied for 22nd most clearances with 69 (second behind only Waston’s 79 on WFC) and tied for 12th in headed clearances with 40 (Waston is third for tied most in MLS with 52)
Was named the WFC Player of the Month in March and May
 
#2 JORDAN HARVEY – AGE: 33 – MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA
Oldest player in Robinson’s starting XI
Played the full 90 of every match to start the season outside of an added time substitute against LA on April 1, RSL away match on April 8, and the two Canadian Championship matches
175th start, 188th appearances in all competitions for WFC, which is 16th all-time in the club (15: Geordie Lyall 193)
 
#13 CRISTIAN TECHERA – AGE: 25 – PAYSANDÚ, URUGUAY
Fourth in MLS in crosses with 66 and leads WFC in chances created with 27
Tied for the team lead with five goals, already surpassing last year’s MLS goal total of two (netted seven in 2015)
Makes his 19th appearance and 17th start this year in all competitions
WFC have never lost an MLS game in which Cristian Techera has scored - 10W-0L-4D record
Was named the WFC Player of the Month in June. “The Bug” recorded two goals and two assists last month, including a 30-yard-free kick that earned an MLS Goal of the Week nomination, contributing towards four of Vancouver’s six goals. He also led the team in chances created and touches and was voted Vancouver’s man of the match against both FC Dallas and Minnesota United FC
  
#8 ANDREW JACOBSON – AGE: 31 – PALO ALTO, CALIFORNIA
15th start of 2017 – 13 in MLS, plus two in CCL (includes three at centre back)
 
#16 TONY TCHANI – AGE: 28 – DOUALA, CAMEROON
12th start and 14th appearance for WFC, includes one appearance in CCL play
Scored his first goal with WFC at Minnesota on June 24
 
#7 CHRISTIAN BOLAÑOS – AGE: 33 – SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA
12th start and 15th appearance of 2017, including a start and substitute appearance in CCL play
Leads the team with four assists in MLS play
Second on WFC in chances created with 25
 
#12 FREDY MONTERO – AGE: 29 – BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA
Starts his 15 of the last 19 matches for WFC and has seen minutes in all WFC matches outside of the first CCL match at New York and the two Canadian Championship matches
Tied for the team lead in scoring with five goals
Named the WFC April Player of the Month
Turns 30 on July 26
 
#20 BREK SHEA – AGE: 27 – BRYAN, TEXAS
Makes his fourth straight start. Tonight’s his 11th MLS appearance this year, scored two goals as a second half substitute, has also won two penalties
Started three CONCACAF Champions League matches and both Canadian Championship games
  
Injury List:
David Edgar: PCL and MCL tear, as well as a meniscus tear, in his right knee suffered on December 15, surgery on January 4. Out for the 2017 MLS season
Brett Levis: ACL tear in his right knee suffered during the second half of the 2016 season finale against Portland on October 23, surgery on November 8. Continued on-field workouts with medical staff this week, on track for an August return 
 
Disciplinary Report
Suspended
Vancouver’s Matías Laba: one-match suspension - red card versus Chicago on July 1 due to serious foul play
Caution accumulation warning:
New York’s Ethan White and Maximiliano Moralez is one yellow cards away from being suspended for caution accumulation