Russell Teibert did not mince words.
Teibert’s Vancouver Whitecaps (5-5-5) are unbeaten in five Major League Soccer matches heading into Saturday’s home contest with Orlando City (6-6-1). But the Whitecaps veteran midfielder is less than pleased that they have only two wins at B.C. Place Stadium — often called a fortress.
“You can spin it two ways. You can say, ‘Oh wow, what a great away team we are,’ or you could say ‘we need to be better at home,’” Teibert told reporters. “But in 15 games, two wins at home? The stats speak for themselves. I’m a realist. I’m not going to sugar-coat anything. That’s the truth. It’s just not good enough.”
The Whitecaps are coming of a 2-1 road win over the Colorado Rapids, but they have only two wins in their last 10 games overall. Prior to last weekend’s win, the Caps posted four straight ties.
“We need to win at home if we are going to be in the playoffs, we know that,” Vancouver coach Carl Robinson told reporters. “We’ve drawn too many games at home, which is a mini-positive because we are not losing at home — but it’s not a positive, because we need to win at home.”
Meanwhile, the Lions could use a win anywhere. After posting six straight wins, they suffered four consecutive MLS losses, but were buoyed by a win over Miami in U.S. Open Cup play Wednesday.
Midfielder Will Johnson wants the Lions to be better in the opposition’s 18-yard box.
“Games are won and lost in the box,” he told the club’s website. “When you get in the box you’ve got to make plays.
“We’re frustrated. We’re disappointed in ourselves. The coaches are giving us game plans that are working. As players, we are not executing. That’s the biggest frustration for us. We have to continue to work.”
Vancouver winger Cristian Techera, who stands 5-foot-2 and weighs just 150 pounds, has worked extremely hard lately. He has netted five goals in his last four games following a slow start to the season.
Meanwhile, Orlando captain and central defender Jonathan Spector is just happy to be playing at all. He returned to action in the U.S. Open Cup contest, logging 45 minutes after missing about two months with a concussion. He has a chance to play again Saturday.
“I think it was probably a smart decision to get 45 minutes under my belt (Wednesday) and continue to move forward,” he told Orlando’s website.
—Field Level Media