MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Toronto FC
The opening day of the 2013 season sees a Canadian rivalry renewed, and Toronto FC has a lot to prove
By Keith Hickey
|Vancouver Whitecaps (4-3-3): Cannon; YP Lee, DeMerit, O'Brien, Harvey; Manneh, Koffie, Rochat, Kobayashi; Miller, Mattocks.
|Toronto FC (4-4-2): Bendik; Eckersley, Califf, O'Dea, Hall; Lambe, Dunfield, Osorio, Welshman; Silva, Braun.||
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- TFC came out on top in three meetings with Vancouver last year, winning 3-2 in the only league meeting and recording a win and a draw in the Canadian Championship.
- Toronto FC set the record for worst start to an MLS season with nine consecutive losses in 2012.
- Last year, the Vancouver Whitecaps became the first Canadian club in the MLS playoffs, finishing fifth in the Western Conference.
- Toronto rookie Kyle Bekker has already amassed two caps for the Canadian national team despite being yet to play a single professional minute. The Boston College product played against Denmark and the United States in January.
- This will be the third straight year the Whitecaps have opened a season at home against a Canadian opponent. In 2011 and 2012, Vancouver hosted Toronto and Montreal, respectively.
Top 3 Predictions
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-2 Toronto FC
- 37.5 %
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-0 Toronto FC
- 25 %
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2-1 Toronto FC
- 18.75 %
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Mar 2, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 - Toronto FC 0|
|USA - Major League Soccer (MLS)||Jul 11, 2012||Toronto FC 3 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2|
|Nutrilite Canadian Championship (NCC)||May 23, 2012||Toronto FC 1 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0|
|Nutrilite Canadian Championship (NCC)||May 16, 2012||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 - Toronto FC 1|
|Nutrilite Canadian Championship (NCC)||Jul 2, 2011||Toronto FC 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1|
|Vancouver Whitecaps FC|
|May 18, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 - Portland Timbers 2||MLS|
|May 15, 2013||Montreal Impact 0 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0||NCC|
|May 11, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 - Los Angeles Galaxy 1||MLS|
|May 4, 2013||Real Salt Lake 2 - Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0||MLS|
|May 1, 2013||Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 - FC Edmonton 0||NCC|
|7||Camilo Da Silva Sanvezzo||Striker|
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