Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Caps Seek More Offensive Production against Chivas as Playoff Quest Continues

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Caps Seek More Offensive Production against Chivas as Playoff Quest Continues

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Whitecaps aim to score more goals


VANCOUVER - It was the miss that could have made a big difference in the Vancouver Whitecaps' bid for a playoff before.

Now, with three games to go in the Major League Soccer regular season, the Whitecaps (10-12-9) are hoping Brazilian striker Camilo -- and others -- will connect on their scoring chances more in Wednesday's contest against Chivas USA (7-16-7) at B.C. Place.

"It is a final for us," Camilo after practice Tuesday. "We need to win this game, because we have Dallas very close. This game is very important for us."

Camilo missed what he called a "golden chance" in the dying seconds of Saturday's 0-0 home tie with the Seattle Sounders. Standing home-free at the near post, he took a pass from Kenny Miller -- but fired wide of the far post. As a result, the Whitecaps maintained their precarious two-point lead over Dallas when they could have moved five up.

Camilo is expected to play an important role again, because top scorer Darren Mattocks is nursing a hamstring injury that forced him to leave Saturday's game in the first half. Although the Whitecaps posted back-to-back ties, they are winless in seven games and have scored only three goals in that span.

But Camilo, who has struggled this season after leading the team with 12 goals in 2011, is vowing not to let his miss get to him.

"That night, I was very sorry for the miss," he said. "But now, my focus is the next game. Soccer is like that. The game can change very fast. In this game, I'll try to score to help my team."

The 24-year-old, who prefers to play on the left wing but may be used in the middle Wednesday in a more traditional two-striker formation, has just four goals this season. He admitted he lost his confidence as a result of a quadriceps injury, but added he has worked hard to regain it.

The team's lack of scoring, he said, has mirrored his own.

"I didn't play well, but I didn't play bad," he said. "I didn't have the season I wanted to for the Whitecaps. But now it's time me and the Whitecaps to finish the season (well). We are very close to (making) the playoffs, and the playoffs is another championship. …

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