The Brazilian forward has been in fine form in recent weeks, bagging seven goals in his last 10 appearances. That form is important versus the Revolution, MLS' stingiest club.VANCOUVER, B.C. – As the Vancouver Whitecaps prepare to host one the most resolute defenses in Major League Soccer on Saturday, they’ll be relying heavily on their Brazilian star Camilo.
The diminutive forward has been in fine form this season, and has bagged a remarkable seven goals in his last 10 games in all competitions.
That sort of scoring touch should come in handy against the New England Revolution, who have conceded just nine goals in MLS play this season – fewer than any other team in the league.
“That’s fantastic at this point in the season,” head coach Martin Rennie said of Camilo’s eight goals in all competitions this season after a training session at the University of British Columbia on Thursday. “He’s playing with a lot of confidence so we just want to keep that going.
“I think early in the season when he wasn’t always starting, people asked me if I thought he would have an impact on the team this year, and I did say that I thought he would have a really big impact and I think that’s being shown now and hopefully that can continue.”
At the other end of the pitch, the Whitecaps are dealing with an injury crisis at center back, with Andy O’Brien (hamstring), Brad Rusin (calf) and Jay DeMerit (Achilles tendon rupture) all unavailable for selection.
That means Carlyle Mitchell has been recalled from FC Edmonton and looks set to start alongside Johnny Leveron in the heart of defense. The 25 year old Trinidad and Tobago international hasn’t played much since joining the Whitecaps in 2011, featuring in just five league matches, so he’s relishing the chance.
“It’s a good opportunity for me to start on the weekend,” Mitchell said. “I’m pretty excited. It’s the first game in many months.”
With O’Brien out for the first time this season – the player had featured in every game before pulling his hamstring against the Seattle Sounders last weekend – goalkeeper Brad Knighton conceded that he’ll have to up his own involvement in organizing things at the back, not that he’s shy about doing that.
“Andy’s a huge loss for us,” Knighton said. “But it’s time for others to step up. Most of the guys hear Andy’s voice from back there, but I’m barking throughout the game pretty much all game. I’m hoarse after games as well because obviously with the atmosphere we have at BC Place it’s tough to hear, but communication is huge.
“As long as you’re communicating and you know what’s around you, and to kind of ease the game for Carlyle and Johnny is going to be better for us.”