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Whitecaps hope to continue climb ‘at home’ against Dyanmo

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While Toronto FC and CF Montreal returned home this past weekend to play games in Canada for the first time this season, the Vancouver Whitecaps have not yet been approved to do so due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Whitecaps (3-7-3, 12 points) will play the Houston Dynamo (3-4-6, 15 points) on Tuesday night in their home away from home, Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah.

“We just need to go back home. Sports shouldn’t be like that. No sports team should go through that in any way,” said Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos, whose team has been based in Orlando, Fla., Portland, Ore., and Utah since the pandemic closed the U.S.-Canada border early last season. “Maybe I’m wrong — I don’t know what nature has (in store) — but I doubt that soon we’ll go through a situation like that again in sport.”

The Whitecaps snapped an eight-game winless streak and escaped the Western Conference cellar with a 2-1 victory against the visiting Los Angeles Galaxy on Saturday night. Deiber Caicedo and Cristian Dajome scored second-half goals as the Whitecaps rallied.

The Dynamo have been idle because of the international break since a 2-0 loss at Seattle on July 7. That snapped a streak of four consecutive draws for Houston.

Defender Teenage Hadebe, a native of Zimbabwe, is likely to make his debut with the Dynamo after joining the team two weeks ago as its newest designated player.

“We think it’s time,” Dynamo coach Tab Ramos said of the 25-year-old Hadebe. “Obviously, he hasn’t played for two months now, but at some point, we have to start throwing him in, and why not now? He’s as ready as he’s going to be without playing games.”

The teams have met once this season, with the Dynamo coming away with a 2-1 victory at home on May 22. Memo Rodriguez and Maximiliano Urruti scored in the first half for Houston, before Caidedo tallied in the 80th minute for Vancouver.

–Field Level Media

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