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'Caps keeping pace in Western Conference with key road results

COMMERCE CITY, CO – Consistency has been hard to come by for Vancouver Whitecaps FC this season, as it is for most teams. But following Saturday night’s 2-2 draw at Colorado, the ‘Caps are on a roll with 10 points in their past five matches, including seven on the road.

“I think that’s the most important thing for us,” Whitecaps FC forward Fredy Montero said of the result. “Being away, we got one point and we’re looking forward for the next one.”

Montero is likewise on a roll, scoring a brace in last weekend’s surprise 4-0 win at Dallas and adding the late equalizer in the 76th minute against Colorado.

“Slowly, I’m getting more opportunities to score,” he continued. “We’re starting to understand each other. That’s good for me and I’m happy we’re able to get some points.”

In earning four points from its two games at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado, the ‘Caps have also shown they can fare well at altitude.

“It’s a tough place to come,” explained Whitecaps FC manager Carl Robinson. “Pablo [Mastroeni] does a great job getting the guys fired up and we knew it would be a totally different game from the one earlier in the season. You have to fight, you have to match their work ethic and we did that today.”

With this weekend's results, Whitecaps FC drop to seventh in the Western Conference; however, their 1.48 points per game is actually tied for third best in the conference and they're only three points out of second place with games in hand. 

Robinson acknowledged that there’s still a lot of regular season left to be played, but the ‘Caps needn’t look much further than their rivals as a model for postseason success.

“It’s a long way to go,” he said. “We’ve got points on the board, we’ve got big games coming up. We’ve just got to keep ticking away. If you look at the last two years, teams have just sneaked in the playoffs and gone in to win MLS Cup, and that’s our two neighbors up the road.”