Action from the MLS game between host Sporting Kansas City and the Vancouver Whitecaps (white jersey) on August 20, 2016, in Kansas City, Kansas, USA. (Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Whitecaps)
VANCOUVER, Canada -- In an all-Major League Soccer clash in the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday night, both the host Vancouver Whitecaps (1W-0D-0L, 3 points) and Sporting Kansas City (0-1-0-, 1) need a victory.
The Whitecaps have lost four consecutive league matches, while Kansas City – though on a six-game winning streak at home -- is winless in seven consecutive road games across all competitions.
"It's a great opportunity for us, not only for the championship, but to get back on track to get back to our winning ways," said Vancouver midfielder Russell Teibert of the Group C encounter.
And on top of that, Kansas City bested the Whitecaps, 2-0, in an MLS encounter at home Saturday, although Sporting midfielder Jacob Peterson felt that both sides could throw out that result.
"They are two very different games," he noted. "On any given day teams can beat each other. It's more of us having the right mindset. Whoever is selected has to make sure they show up and put in another good performance."
The same thing goes for Kansas City, which is expected to give several players who performed Saturday a rest.
"We'll have to go in with another plan," head coach Peter Vermes remarked. "We know they have an excellent team. They are always very good on the counter and it's something we will have to be very aware of going into their place."
The Whitecaps have struggled recently. They have scored only once in their last five league games, while allowing eight goals.
"We don't need to play brilliant," Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson said. "We don't need to play perfect. In the games we have lost his year we have played really well. And in the games we have won we haven't played as well. It's about finding a way to win. If you find a way to win, confidence slowly starts coming up."
SKC is unbeaten in six straight meetings against the Canadian side.