Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Look to Bounce Back, Jockey for Playoff Position against Sporting KC

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Whitecaps Look to Bounce Back, Jockey for Playoff Position against Sporting KC

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Whitecaps look to bounce back against Sporting KC

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VANCOUVER - After suffering a tough loss in Los Angeles last week, the Vancouver Whitecaps are anxious to get back on the field -- and back into the race for a playoff spot.

The 'Caps (4-8-8) were trounced 6-1 by Major League Soccer leaders Los Angeles FC last Saturday. But it's not a result the squad is dwelling on, said goalie Maxime Crepeau.

"It happens," he said after training in Vancouver this week ahead of a match against Sporting Kansas City. "If you're a journalist, if you're a bread maker, if you're whatever, you have a bad day, it happens. So the page is turned."

Still, there are lessons to be learned from the blowout loss. Centre back Doneil Henry said the group hasn't looked that bad defensively all season, adding they need to tighten their lines and look at where they're losing the ball.

They'll also need to tune out all of the outside noise as the team prepares for a busy stretch, Henry said.

"You don't let that one performance dictate who you are or what you are as a team or your identity as a player or as a group," he said. "Within a tight-knit group like we have here, I think it's important to just get it right out of you, look what needs to be changed and accept it and be better."

The Whitecaps fared better on Wednesday when they battled Calgary's Cavalry FC of the Canadian Premier League to a scoreless draw in Canadian Championship action. The two sides will meet again on July 24, but first the 'Caps will return to MLS play on Saturday when they host Kansas City (5-7-7).

Vancouver and Kansas City are separated by just two points at the bottom of the congested Western Conference standings.

"It's not a game that doesn't have any meaning," Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos said. "It's a game between two teams that are very close in the standings, two teams that want to win and want to kind of survive in that playoff race. …

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