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  • July 12, 2014
  • • 10:00 PM
  • • BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia
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MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Chivas USA

MLS Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps - Chivas USA

Jim O'Connor

The 'Caps will be weary of in-form Chivas striker Erick Torres, who has tallied 12 times this season.

When the Vancouver Whitecaps host Chivas USA at BC Place on Saturday night, they will have one thing on their minds: Stop Erick "Cubo" Torres.

The young Mexican striker has almost single-handedly dragged the Goats out of the Western Conference basement in recent weeks, scoring a Goal of the Week caliber strike seemingly every game. Torres' exploits have boosted Chivas to a three-game winning streak and have placed his name among the early candidates for the MLS MVP award.

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As good as Torres has been, it's Dan Kennedy and the Chivas defense that has given the on-loan striker the opportunity to play the role of hero. The Goats have only conceded once in their past four MLS matches, allowing Torres to supply the offense needed to turn games in their favor.

As for the hosts, they could use an attacker as in-form as Torres is right now. The 'Caps have struggled in front of goal since returning from the World Cup break, and have only won one of their past four league contests as a result.

Carl Robinson will continue to tweak his once high-flying roster in hopes of recapturing the dominant early season home form, but he'll have to do so while still paying utmost attention to Chivas' one-man attack.

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