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Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Colorado Rapids - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Monday's Major League Soccer clash between Vancouver Whitecaps and Colorado Rapids, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Vancouver Whitecaps play host to Colorado Rapids on Sunday night having claimed four points from their opening two MLS matches of the season.

While the home side sit in fourth position in the Western Conference, the Rapids are in 11th spot after failing to win either of their opening fixtures.


Match preview

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos directs his team against the Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in September 2020© Reuters

Despite another year spent in the bottom half of the MLS standings, the Whitecaps fanbase will be hopeful of a much-improved campaign this time around.

Having started the campaign with an excellent 1-0 win over Portland Timbers, they battled their way to a 2-2 draw with Toronto FC last weekend.

Head coach Marc dos Santos was naturally disappointed with conceding an 82nd-minute equaliser, but the result represented another step in the right direction.

Left-back Cristian Gutierrez has proven to be the star man during the opening two weeks, contributing assists in both games having only created one goal throughout the last campaign.

While the Whitecaps are seemingly on an upward trajectory, the same cannot be said of the Rapids who have begun the season on the back foot.

A goalless draw at Dallas was followed by a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Austin FC, who recorded their first-ever MLS win in the process.

Although Robin Fraser will not be too concerned at this stage, he will recognise that the Rapids can ill-afford another setback if they want to remain in close proximity to the early pacesetters.

Fraser has named identical starting lineups and used just 14 players thus far, something which will likely change for the game at BC Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form:
  • W
  • D

Colorado Rapids Major League Soccer form:
  • D
  • L



Team News

Colorado Rapids head coach Robin Fraser looks on in the first half against the Orlando City SC at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in March 2020© Reuters

Jonathan Lewis, Nicolas Mezquida and Nicolas Benezet are all pushing for opportunities in the Rapids starting lineup.

Despite making progress in their recovery from injury, Lalas Abubakar and Sam Vines are both likely to remain out of contention.

Dos Santos is expected to stick with the majority of the Whitecaps side which impressed against Toronto.

One alteration could come in midfield with Caio Alexandre potentially taking the place of Janio Bikel.

Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:
Crepeau; Nerwinski, Rose, Veselinovic, Gutierrez; Alexandre, Teibert, Baldisimo; Dajome, Cavallini, Caicedo

Colorado Rapids possible starting lineup:
Yarbrough; Rosenberry, Wilson, Trusty, Acosta; Bassett, Namli, Price; Shinyashiki, Rubio, Lewis


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We say: Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 Colorado Rapids

On the back of a home defeat to newcomers Austin, Rapids desperately require a positive response. However, the Whitecaps looked solid during their opening double-header, and we expect more of the same at the weekend.



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Eastern Conference

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1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

Western Conference

TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1New England RevolutionNew England9621149520
2Orlando City95311661018
3Philadelphia UnionPhiladelphia9432117415
4Columbus Crew842296314
5New York Red BullsNY Red Bulls84041210212
6DC United9405911-212
7New York City FCNY City83231510511
8Atlanta UnitedAtlanta8251119211
9CF MontrealMontreal8323109111
10Nashville SCNashville825198111
11Inter MiamiInter Miami9225814-68
12Toronto81251015-55
13Chicago Fire8116413-94
14FC CincinnatiCincinnati7115617-114

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