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MLS: FC Cincinnati vs Vancouver Whitecaps | 14 July, 8:00 AM (PST) 


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POTENTIAL STARTING LINEUPS: 

FC CINCINNATI: 

GK | Roman Celentano 

CB | Geoff Cameron 

FB | Tyler Blackett 

FB | Nick Hagglund 

MF | Raymon Gaddis 

MF | Obinna Nwobodo 

MF | Allan Cruz 

MF | Alvaro Barreal 

F | Luciano Acosta 

W | Brenner 

S | Brandon Vasquez 

 

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS: 

GK | Thomas Hasal 

CB | Ranko Veselinovic 

CB | Tristan Blackmon 

FB | Ryan Raposo 

FB | Cristian Dájome 

MF | Sebastian Berhalter 

MF | Russell Teibert 

MF | Leonard Owusu 

MF | Michael Baldisimo 

W | Deiber Caicedo 

S | Brian White 

 

It’s an interconference game with FC Cincinnati and the Vancouver Whitecaps this Thursday, July 14. For the East, Cincinnati is here to represent and coming in at 7th with 7-5-7. Vancouver covers the West at 10th and 7-3-9. Both teams are displaying average form so far this season, and it’s time for their showdown at the TQL Stadium to see who is the better ‘Average Joe’. 

 

This pair has gone only head-to-head once in the past in 2019 when the Whitecaps won 1-2. Now, however, Vancouver started the season abysmally. Unfortunately winless, they opened up the season with five defeats. Then again, regardless of this unpleasant start, they’ve undeniably improved since then as they’ve climbed up to 10th place. As for recent numbers, they have 20 total goals, -11 goal difference, and seven assists. If they happen to win this match, they will be able to replace Portland at ninth, and that’s a pretty good incentive as they meet Cincinnati once more.  

 

For Cincinnati, they’ve managed three draws in a row: 4-4 with New York City FC, 2-2 with New England, and most recently, 1-1 with the New York Red Bulls. Five matches undefeated, there’s fuel and fire for Cincinnati to keep that streak hot. Their form is slowly but steadily improving, so keeping that streak on for longer, especially against Vancouver should be well attainable. 30 total goals, -3 goal difference, and 21 assists, their stats show a noticeable upper hand against their visitors. Though a little unimpressive on the defensive side of their play, their offense is in a good, buildable momentum. 

 

With all things considered, it’s clear who’s the likely victor. The visitors from Vancouver are undeniably showing inconsistent and fluctuating form, along with underwhelming team stats. Cincinnati is more expected to secure this win as they’ve cultivated better momentum leading up to this match. Both teams lack an efficient defense system, but in terms of offense, Cincinnati has a better edge and control. We’re left to back FC Cincinnati for these reasons and hope for nothing but a good game this Thursday against Vancouver.  

 

8 AM (PST), Thursday, July 14, 2022. TQL Stadium, Cincinnati, OH. 

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