Vancouver Whitecaps gamers are assured the Canadian facet can nonetheless finish their three-year playoff drought, regardless of standing in eight place on the Western Convention desk.
The Whitecaps had a possibility to interrupt into the highest seven over the weekend, however did not succeed in opposition to convention leaders Seattle Sounders.
Regardless of the 4-1 loss, Florian Jungwirth and Jake Nerwinski keep that the crew can change their destiny with six regular-season video games remaining.
“I am not nervous about that,” defender Florian Jungwirth stated. “I believe after we got here within the locker room clearly everybody was offended and disenchanted.
“However instantly we talked to one another and the main target is already there. Sunday we wish to do it higher, we play at dwelling. We’ve a fortress at dwelling and clearly we wish to prolong the collection at dwelling, so I do not suppose will probably be an issue like psychological smart to be ready for Sunday.”
The Whitecaps return dwelling to BC Place for Sunday’s match in opposition to Sporting Kansas Metropolis, the place the Canadian facet maintain a document of 5 victories and one loss this season.
“The final six video games of the season are usually not simple,” defender Jake Nerwinski stated. “However we all know we’re a very good crew, and we all know that we’re actually tough to play at dwelling, so now we get to get some relaxation, get again dwelling.
“And it is at all times onerous for groups to play in BC Place, and I believe we have confirmed that this yr, our document exhibits it. So I believe we nonetheless have all that confidence that we are able to get the three factors.”
The race for prime seven is tight, with the Whitecaps simply two factors behind LA Galaxy in sixth. Interim head coach Vanni Sartini, who took over for Marc Dos Santos on August 29, assured his gamers that they’ll nonetheless flip it round with the proper focus and willpower.
“We have to step up. We all know subsequent sport is tough, perhaps even tougher than right this moment in opposition to a fantastic crew like Kansas Metropolis,” he stated. “Then now we have Portland, now we have San Jose once more. So we have to step up and attempt to do higher, after all. I believe right this moment, defensively we did not do very effectively like we did within the earlier video games.
“I believe that we create numerous probabilities, that is a very good factor for the longer term. And we have to construct on from this efficiency and attempt to be higher in opposition to Kansas Metropolis. And naturally, we’ll rewatch the sport, we’ll rethink about it. From Tuesday we’ll go one hundred pc on getting ready the subsequent sport.”