Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Home Date: Whitecaps Set to Host Kansas City in First Home Game in Six Weeks

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Home Date: Whitecaps Set to Host Kansas City in First Home Game in Six Weeks

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Home Date: Whitecaps set to host KC

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps are finally home.

After playing their last five games on the road while the Women's World Cup set up shop inside B.C. Place Stadium, the club hosts Sporting Kansas City on Sunday to kick off a crowded summer schedule.

Viewed as a stretch of games that could define their season, the Whitecaps picked up nine of a possible 15 points during their time away over the last six weeks, but were left lamenting a 2-1 loss to the Colorado Rapids that wrapped up the trip.

"I think you'll always look at your last result," said Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson. "We were disappointed we didn't get anything out of the Colorado game, but overall we're quietly satisfied with three wins out of five."

The Whitecaps picked up victories over the Los Angeles Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution -- teams all currently in playoff positions -- but lost to the Montreal Impact and the Rapids, who both currently sit outside the top six in their respective conferences.

"Going into it saying we were going to win three games, I would probably disagree," said Whitecaps striker Kekuta Manneh. "The guys stuck together and we got nine points out of those five games ... some of our best performances of the season. We've got to take the positives out of that."

Vancouver (10-7-2) sits tied on points with the Seattle Sounders atop the Western Conference heading into the weekend, but is just five up on Kansas City (7-3-6), which sits in sixth with three games in hand.

"We're quite content where we are," said Robinson. "We have dropped points at certain points this year, but we've picked up points in difficult places. …

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