Our prediction for this MLS match:
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Toronto at BMO Field, Montreal Impact will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Vancouver Whitecaps in yet another all-Canadian clash on Thursday morning. Montreal dropped to eighth position in the standings and, no doubt, they are determined to climb to the play-offs berth in the Eastern Conference.
Wilmer Cabrera’s troops have been struggling at the back, with the team conceding 14 goals in total in previous four league fixtures. Vancouver, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 3-1 loss to San Jose Earthquakes, but given their poor away record in the Major League Soccer, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts who are eyeing a place in the play-offs. In their last meeting in MLS the Whitecaps emerged triumphant, but we are tempted to put our money on the Impact this time out.
Highlighted Player (Maximiliano Urruti):
Maximiliano Urruti is an Argentine footballer who was born in Rosario on February 22, 1991. Urruti is the product of Newell’s Old Boys youth school and he continued playing for the Argentine club at senior level. After scoring 12 goals in 57 appearances in the league for Newell’s, the prolific striker joined Toronto FC on August 16, 2013, making his MLS debut two days later.
Maximiliano Urruti played for the likes of Portland Timbers and FC Dallas as well before joining Montreal Impact in 2019. On March 3, 2019, he played his first match for the Canadians against San Jose Earthquakes. Despite producing fine performances in the Major League Soccer, Urruti has yet to make his debut for the Argentina national team.
His main position is centre forward, but he is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well. His contract with Montreal Impact should expire on December 31, 2020. It has to be noted that he won the MLS Cup with Portland Timbers in 2015.
Highlighted Team (Vancouver Whitecaps):
Vancouver Whitecaps are yet another Canadian side that compete in Major League Soccer. Vancouver began play in the USA top flight in 2011 and one year later they became the first Canadian outfit to book their place in the MLS Cup play-offs. However, star-studded Los Angeles Galaxy proved to be a big catch for the Whitecaps in the knockout round. Vancouver, though, did remarkably well to win the Canadian Championship in 2015, with the team beating Montreal Impact in the title game.
In 2016 they made it to the final of the tournament as well, but Toronto FC eventually won the trophy. The Whitecaps are owned by Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett and Steve Steve Nash, the former NBA star, and they play their home matches at BC Place. Speaking of MLS games, the capacity of the venue is 22.120 and you should know that the stadium was opened back in 1983. The Caps wear white shirts and white shorts when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is blue.