Im­pact on at­tack vs. tired Caps

Metro Canada (Vancouver) - - SPORTS -

The Van­cou­ver White­caps have the lead, but the Mon­treal Im­pact will have a lot on their side in the sec­ond leg of their Cana­dian Cham­pi­onship semi­fi­nal at Mon­treal’s Sa­puto Sta­dium Tues­day.

Not only will the Im­pact be at home, they will be well rested against a White­caps side that will play its fourth game in 11 days.

They also have an away goal in the bag af­ter their 2-1 de­feat in the first leg of the two-game, to­tal goals se­ries in Van­cou­ver last week.

And the Im­pact, who haven’t played since then, will be free to use more of their reg­u­lars be­cause they will have time to rest up be­fore the New York Red Bulls visit in MLS ac­tion on Satur­day.

“It is (an ad­van­tage), but in soc­cer it’s not some­thing you want to dwell on or put into the bank as a guar­an­tee,” said for­ward Dominic Oduro. “If you don’t start right, like we did in Van­cou­ver, we’re go­ing to be in trou­ble.

Af­ter beat­ing Mon­treal, the White­caps lost 1-0 at home to D.C. United on Satur­day.

But they will likely use a mostly dif­fer­ent first 11, much as they did in the first leg, to try to keep the Im­pact off the score­sheet or add an­other goal or two.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the other guys,” said White­caps coach Carl Robin­son. “I’m go­ing to ob­vi­ously go with a sim­i­lar squad as I did the last time. Give them the op­por­tu­nity to play, which is what it’s about.

“Maybe we can score a goal. We might need to score a goal.”

Mon­treal can take the se­ries with a 1-0 vic­tory, but a trip to the fi­nal gets far­ther away each time the White­caps add a goal.

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