VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC vs. HOUSTON DYNAMO
BC Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
MAY 28, 2016 (WEEK 13, MLS GAME #123)
6 pm ET (RDS, ROOT Sports SW, MLS LIVE)
A key match in the Western Conference is ahead when Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Houston Dynamo meet for a second time this season on Saturday afternoon at BC Place. Whitecaps FC saw their three-game winning streak put to an end on the road last weekend, suffering a 4-2 loss at the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon. The Dynamo saw their long road winless streak continued, opening their road swing with a 1-0 loss at the Chicago Fire. Whitecaps FC took a 1-0 win when the clubs met in March in Vancouver.
- Kekuta Manneh scored his third goal in the last two matches and Pedro Morales scored for a second consecutive match, but Whitecaps FC saw their three-game winning streak end with a 4-2 loss to the Portland Timbers on Sunday afternoon at Providence Park.
- The Dynamo suffered their sixth defeat in six road outings this season, falling 1-0 to the Chicago Fire on Saturday afternoon at Toyota Park. The Dynamo have now lost 10 consecutive road games, matching the sixth-longest streak in league history; they are winless overall in their last 14 games away from BBVA Compass Stadium.
- The teams are meeting for the second time this season. Pedro Morales converted a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, giving Whitecaps FC a 1-0 win March 26 at BC Place.
- In eight meetings all-time between the clubs, the home team has won each. Whitecaps FC have won all four meetings at BC Place, the Dynamo having not scored their since 2014. The ‘Caps also won the lone meeting at Empire Field.
- The Dynamo have won both meetings all-time at BBVA Compass Stadium, including a 2-0 win last Aug. 29, in their three home wins in the all-time series.
REFEREE: Drew Fischer. AR1 (bench): Jeremy Hanson; AR2 (opposite): Jonathan Johnson; 4th: Baboucarr Jallow
MLS Career: 53 games; FC/gm: 26.5; Y/gm: 3.0; R: 4; pens: 15
SUSPENDED NEXT YELLOW CARD: VAN: Octavio Rivero, Blas Perez
SUSPENDED AFTER TWO YELLOW CARDS: VAN: Pa-Modou Kah, Pedro Morales … HOU: Alex, Jalil Anibaba
DISABLED LIST: none
INTERNATIONAL ABSENCES: VAN: Blas Perez (Panama; vs. Venezuela 5/24, vs. Brazil 5/29); Christian Bolanos, Kendall Waston (Costa Rica; vs. Venezuela 5/27) … HOU: Giles Barnes (Jamaica; vs. Chile 5/27)
ALL-TIME (8 meetings): Whitecaps FC 5 wins, 12 goals … Dynamo 3 wins, 9 goals … Ties 0
AT VANCOUVER (5 meetings): Whitecaps FC 5 wins, 10 goals … Dynamo 0 wins, 2 goals … Ties 0
FUTURE MATCH: 7/23: Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 9:30 pm ET
- Coaches record: Carl Robinson vs. HOU: P4 W3 L1 T0 … Wade Barrett vs. VAN: first game
LAST MEETING (MLS):
3/26: VAN 1, HOU 0 (Morales 23)
- The game's only goal came in the 23rd minute, after Houston fullback Jalil Anibaba tripped up Vancouver's Masato Kudo as he tracked a far-post cross. Pedro Morales converted from the spot, the fourth consecutive Whitecaps FC goal scored from a penalty kick.
- Whitecaps FC goalkeeper David Ousted was credited with five saves in keeping the clean sheet, though he was also twice saved by the woodwork.
- VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC (4-4-2): David Ousted - Fraser Aird, Andrew Jacobson, Pa-Modou Kah, Jordan Harvey - Cristian Techera (Sam Adekugbe 69), Pedro Morales, Matias Laba, Kekuta Manneh (Nicolas Mezquida 86) - Masato Kudo (Jordan Smith 78), Octavio Rivero.
- HOUSTON DYNAMO (4-2-3-1): Joe Willis - Jalil Anibaba, David Horst, Raul Rodriguez, DaMarcus Beasley - Alex, Ricardo Clark - Andrew Wenger (Abdoulie Mansally 58), Cristian Maidana (Mauro Manotas 64), Leonel Miranda - Will Bruin (Rob Lovejoy 81)