Vancouver, BC (Sports Network) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC will put its unbeaten
home record on the line on Sunday as the club welcomes the Chicago Fire to BC
The Whitecaps recorded one of their biggest wins when the team downed Seattle
Sounders FC, 2-0, last weekend to win its first game in the Cascadia Cup.
And now Martin Rennie's men will try to build on that result with another
three points at home, where the club is 6-0-3 this season.
"We're playing with much more confidence and we're going forward more and
creating more chances, being more dangerous. When you're a threat to score
goals that helps you defend as well," Rennie said.
Kenny Miller scored early in the match and Darren Mattocks came off the bench
to net the insurance tally 11 minutes from time.
The goal from Mattocks in particular was important as it was his first since
May 11, and his third of the campaign.
After enjoying a strong season last year, Mattocks has had a difficult time
earning consistent minutes, and the Whitecaps will be hoping he can build last
"It's been a hard few months for him and obviously he's found himself out of
the team and after the season he's had last year he expected it to be
different for him," said Miller. "We've seen flashes throughout the season of
what Darren can bring and the electric pace that he's got allowed him to have
multiple chances tonight. Hopefully that will kick him on and we can see the
best of him this year."
The Fire saw their six-game unbeaten run come to a halt last time out with a
2-1 loss at Sporting Kansas City.
Sporting got off to a quick start with two goals in the first 10 minutes,
while Chicago was only able to pull a goal back through Mike Magee.
The poor start is nothing new to the Fire, who have allowed five goals in the
opening 15 minutes of games this season.
"We need to have the mentality of being the first to challenge for the ball
and not let it bounce, and sticking with your marks - that's just not for the
first ball, but the second ball, too, and clearing it out," defender Austin
Berry said. "The older guys and leaders need to make sure everyone is ready to
go, and I think we were. We just weren't tight enough, just not sharp enough
for the first 10 minutes."
Improved play from the Fire defense would be a big boost to goalkeeper Paolo
Tornaghi, who is filling in between the posts while Sean Johnson is away on
Gold Cup duty with the United States.
Tornaghi has allowed eight goals in his three MLS starts for the Fire this
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