Vancouver Whitecaps await their final fixture of the 2018 MLS season this Sunday in an encounter against Giovanni Savarese’s Portland Timbers. The Whitecaps, who have won just one of their last five league games narrowly missed out on the Playoffs courtesy of dropping points against Bob Bradley’s Los Angeles FC in a 2-2 draw inside the Banc of California Stadium. Meanwhile, the Timbers have qualified for the Playoffs via a confident 3-0 victory over Real Salt Lake and head into the game against Vancouver Whitecaps FC this Sunday having won three of their last five fixtures.
In the Whitecaps 2-2 draw against the Los Angeles FC, Mexico international Carlos Vela assisted Diego Rossi to enable the 20-year-old Uruguayan to open the scoring for the hosts in the fifth minute after a fine finish from 12 yards. Rossi once again proved clinical adding a brace in the opening 15 minutes for Los Angeles FC before the Whitecap’s Peruvian forward Yordy Reyna added hope for the visitors after cooly converting a right-footed penalty into the left hand corner seven minutes thereafter.
In the second half, Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder, Jordon Mutch, on-loan from English Premier League club Crystal Palace, momentarily silenced the home crowd in Los Angeles, California when the 26-year-old Englishman scored with an emphatic strike from outside of the box in the 65th minute to level the game.
Vancouver Whitecaps, who finished 3rd in the MLS Western Conference last season, marked the fourth time in the club’s seven year history to fail to make the Playoffs. The Whitecaps reached the MLS Western Conference Playoffs Semi-Finals last season before losing to Seattle Sounders.
FOX Sports Radio 96.9 FM/1340 AM’s Dean Perretta briefly caught up with Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s 17-year-old sensation Alphonso Davies prior to the game against Los Angeles FC to discuss the Whitecaps season, the 2018 MLS All-Star’s rise to prominence, as well as the Canadian’s high-profile transfer to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in January.
Dean Perretta: Firstly Alphonso, what are your overall thoughts on Vancouver Whitecaps season?
Alphonso Davies: The season has been good. It’s been tough. We’re still fighting to make it to the playoffs. Even if we don’t make it, we will still be fighting until the end of the last game.