May 11, 2018 / 1:51 AM / 11 days ago

Whitecaps look to bounce back against Dynamo

The Vancouver Whitecaps are ready to face up to the truth — and do something about it.

The Whitecaps (4-5-1) have lost four of their past five games heading into their Friday home clash against the Houston Dynamo (3-3-2). The truth is, Vancouver has not been able to score consistently. The Whitecaps have been outscored 11-3 while going 1-4-0 in their past four games.

They have been shut out in three of those games and four times in all this Major League Soccer season.

“I don’t think we’ve created as many chances as we’d like,” Vancouver coach Carl Robinson told reporters. “We have to continue to keep working on it, trying to create those chances, then try to finish those chances off.”

The Dynamo appear to be an ideal opponent to help the Caps solve their troubles. The Whitecaps beat the Dynamo 2-1 in Houston earlier this season, and the Texas squad is winless (0-6-1) in seven all-time MLS games in Vancouver.

But the Caps could be facing the most pressure after Houston beat the Los Angeles Galaxy 3-2 last Saturday. Vancouver midfielder Russell Teibert wants his club to stop rushing final passes and forcing plays.

“When you just let (the play) flow, that’s when good things start happening,” Teibert told reporters. “You need guys that are comfortable in the final third and confident in the final third.”

Dynamo midfielder Tomas Martinez has looked comfortable and confident there lately. The 23-year-old Argentine has a goal and three assists and is drawing praise for setting up speedy forwards Alberth Elis, Mauro Manotas and Romello Quioto.

“They’re just dropping, all the teams, because they don’t want us to run behind them,” Houston coach Wilmer Cabrera told MLSSoccer.com. “(Martinez) is always trying to find those three guys and providing balls for them so they can go and attack.”

It will be interesting to see how Houston’s aggressive offensive play matches up with Vancouver’s counter-attacking style. Martinez told the league’s website his club needs to learn when to rush up the field and when to stay patient.

“It’s something that we are working on,” he said through a translator.

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