The Vancouver Whitecaps have been conceding plenty of goals lately, but their opponents on Wednesday, Chivas USA, have been struggling to generate much offence lately.VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps may be struggling at the back right now, but Chivas USA could prove the perfect guests given the home side’s injury riddled defence.
While the Whitecaps have conceded nine goals in their last 10 matches, Chivas USA have only scored four times in their last seven.
Playing without central defenders Andy O’Brien (hamstring), Brad Rusin (calf) and Jay DeMerit (Achilles rupture), the ‘Caps looked rudderless at the back in a 4-3 win over the New England Revolution on Saturday, so playing against a weak offence and a team which is winless in 11 games should make Wednesday’s task a little more manageable.
At least, as long as the team doesn’t go in thinking the result is already decided against the Western Conference’s worst side.
“We can’t be complacent,” Nigel Reo-Coker told reporters after a training session at BC Place on Tuesday. “We don’t know what to expect. They won’t be the same Chivas team we faced at the start of the season. It will be a completely different team. They’ve got new management now, new guys, so there might be a completely different desire than we faced in the first half of the season.
“At the end of the day, like I’ve said many times the season, it’s all about us. The focal point should be about us and how we want to play.”
Leveron didn’t get a chance to train with the ‘Caps due to being away on international duty with Honduras for World Cup qualifying, although he is expected to return for Wednesday’s match.
Reo-Coker conceded that going through preparations without one of their starters isn’t perfect, but expressed confidence everyone would know their role come the opening whistle.
“It’s not ideal preparation for a game, but these things happen in football,” Reo-Coker said. “We have to deal with it the best we can. It’s about the team and the structure of the team.”
Vancouver will play without rookie Kekuta Manneh, whom the MLS disciplinary committee suspended on Tuesday for his challenge on Revolution goalkeeper Bobby Shuttleworth this Saturday. Manneh’s suspension is for one game.