Earthquakes-Whitecaps FC Preview
While the San Jose Earthquakes continue their winning ways, the Vancouver Whitecaps remain mired in their worst rot of the season.
The visiting 'Quakes aim to record a season-high third straight victory Saturday night, while the reeling Whitecaps look to avoid matching a club record with their fifth consecutive defeat.
Vako and Jackson Yueill each had a goal with an assist and Danny Hoesen also scored as San Jose (9-7-4) overcame an early 1-0 deficit to post a 3-1 road win over the Galaxy last Friday for another California Clasico triumph. It was the fourth win in five games for the Earthquakes, who are 6-1-2 since May 18.
"I love the way that we play," 'Quakes star Chris Wondolowski told the official MLS website. "I love the philosophy and just how (coach Matias Almeyda) goes about both (things) on the field and off the field. It's bringing joy to the game. You see it in each guy's eyes and face. It's hard work, it's very tough, but it's fun at the same time."
Though Wondolowski has not scored any of his team-leading eight goals in the last five matches, Vako has recorded four over a five-game span. San Jose is mired in an 0-3-2 stretch versus Vancouver, but will see a Whitecaps side for the first time in 2019 that is struggling to generate anything positive at the moment.
That's not to say San Jose, which last won three consecutive league matches in 2015, will take anything for granted this weekend.
"We need to stay humble," Earthquakes midfielder Magnus Eriksson said. "We know that we (are producing) well at the moment, but if we start to (be cocky) about our way of playing, I think we can go straight down."
Vancouver (4-10-8) dropped its fourth straight Wednesday, 4-0 at New England in a match that was a one-goal affair before the Revolution scored three times over a late eight-minute stretch. The Whitecaps, who have been outscored 14-1 over the last four games and gone scoreless in two straight, are winless in seven consecutive matches and 1-5-5 since winning back-to-back contests May 3 and 10.
The 'Caps lost a club-record five in a row in 2012, their second season in MLS.
"Right now, there's a lot of fragility on our side mentally," coach Marc Dos Santos told the Whitecaps' official website. "We have to try to get out of that. Mentally, these (slides) happen with a lot of teams in MLS and sometimes it's just a patch that you try to get out, and make sure that we're strong mentally. And, make sure that the locker room stays together ... We have another game Saturday, and we have to try to answer Saturday."
Updated July 18, 2019