The Reds are in British Columbia this weekend to battle it out with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Here are the Benjamin Moore three keys to the match.
Test the Caps
The Whitecaps are coming off a tough mid-week Champions League fixture against Tigres UANL. The long travel and uncomfortable conditions in Mexico could leave many Whitecaps' players fatigued for this Saturday's clash. The Whitecaps will also be without their starting keeper David Ousted, who is suspended for the match due to a red card he received in last week's loss to the San Jose Earthquakes. Paolo Tornaghi will start in Ousted's place, the Italian will be making just his second MLS start and he did not look great while filling in for Ousted last week. The Reds should look to exploit the tired legs on the backline and test the inexperienced keeper.
The midfield has looked a bit detached so far this season. The Reds need to get back into their playoff form. The team needs to do a better job setting up Michael Bradley with opportunities to attack with speed. Another question will be who will start in the third midfield spot. Both Jonathan Osorio and Victor Vazquez have made a start and head coach Greg Vanney is known to flip around the third midfielder on a per game basis.
Defensive Back to Basics
Greg Vanney was not pleased with the multiple mistakes that two their two conceded goals last weekend, especially on the second goal. The team needs to do a better job at defensive recovery. Mistakes will always be made, it's how the team recovers that will be the key.
The backline needs to have some more decisiveness, communicate better, and play with a little more desperation. Steven Beitashour's return to the lineup could be a big help.
The Whitecaps feature a lot of pace up front with Kekuta Manneh and the newly acquired Fredy Montero. Manneh has burned Toronto FC in the past, and Montero has the pedigree. Stopping these two will be crucial to the Reds success this weekend.