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Know Your Opponent | Vancouver Whitecaps

April 17, 2019 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Orlando City SC News Release

City returns home on Saturday after last weekend's 2-1 loss out west in Salt Lake to face the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps will be making the trip to Orlando City Stadium after facing LAFC on Wednesday in Vancouver so we might be seeing some heavy lineup rotation from what we see midweek. Here is what you need to know about Saturday's Western Conference foe:

Key Transactions

Vancouver had a busy offseason. The team parted ways with a whopping 21 players. Their biggest loss was Alphonso Davies who made a headline move to Bayern Munich, but there were several other key losses. Kendall Waston, Nicolas Mezquida, Marcel de Jong and Kei Kamara all departed. Brian Rowe also traded Caps' white for City purple.

Vancouver began their offseason overhaul in goal with the acquisition of Zac MacMath. The big splash signings were then made with the additions of Hwang In-beom, Ali Adnan, Fredy Montero, Lucas Venuto, and Lass Bangoura.

Who's Hot

The good news, five different players have scored so far this season for Vancouver. The bad news, nobody has scored more than one goal so there is not much to make a lot of noise about here.

Team Form

The team form reflects the lack of individual production. The Caps have managed one clean sheet in six tries and have lost four games and drawn two. Not a great start to 2019.

Head-to-Head

The Caps have gotten the better of City in three of four previous meetings. City have never beaten the Canadian side at home and have only managed to grab a point on the road once back in 2016 in a 2-2 draw.

Rasmussen College Fun Fact

Vancouver has had a habit in recent years of picking up former Lions. Brek Shea and Jose Aja both played for the Whitecaps following their time with City. Most recently, Victor 'PC' Giro and Scott Sutter have joined the Canadian side in the offseason to bolster their defense.


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