Round 5 Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC

Sean Melvin in action for Whitecaps 2 (Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps)

Match Details: Vancouver Whitecaps 2 v San Antonio FC, April 22 2017, 3:00PM UBC Thunderbird Stadium, BC, Canada.

San Antonio FC Form: WDWW

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: WWDL

San Antonio FC 2017 Record: 3-1-0-10pts – 1st

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Form: 2-1-1-7pts – 6th

All-time Series: San Antonio FC leads 1-0, a 2-0 win in Round 17 last year

Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Last Match Summary (v Portland Timbers 2):

The Whitecaps seem to have found their shape, lining up in a 3-1-4-2 to get both of their wins, and are certainly the strongest side in the Cascadia region, at least in USL. The Whitecaps survived a lot of pressure against Portland last week, with Sean Melvin having a phenomenal performance in goal.

A late goal ended up giving them a 1-0 win over the Timbers, a win that came on the back of their defenders. It would be easy to say they didn’t deserve it, but their defensive performance was strong enough to back up that they did deserve the win.

Statistical Note: This will be the first ever match San Antonio FC plays outside of the United States, having only played Vancouver at home. Congratulations are due to Rafael Castillo who, with his penalty against Reno last weekend, is now the leading goal scorer in San Antonio pro soccer history.

Key to the match:

Both teams won their matches last week with less possession than their opponent, which makes the key to the match easy to spot, patience. San Antonio will have to be patient as Vancouver proved themselves a strong defensive team and they’ll be hard to break down but San Antonio have proved that they can score plenty of goals if they just wait for the right opportunity and they need to do that again this week.

Prediction: San Antonio FC 1 Vancouver Whitecaps 2 0

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