Patrick Vieira: “We know that it’s going to be really difficult because we’ll face a team that didn’t perform well in the last game they played and they will want to bounce back.” (FrontRowSoccer.com Photo)
VANCOUVER — If all things fall into place Wednesday night, New York City FC could be leaving this Canadian city with a team-record fifth successive league victory.
If things fall into place.
Breaking team records isn’t necessarily a top priority for head coach Patrick Vieira. He wants to see a good team performance to record a win at BC Place.
In fact, he fears the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 4-0 loss to the Chicago Fire in their last came could be a rallying cry to wake up the team.
“Vancouver is going to be the last game before we have our small break and of course we want to finish with a win,” Vieira said. “We know that it’s going to be really difficult because we’ll face a team that didn’t perform well in the last game they played and they will want to bounce back, so we are expecting a really tough, difficult game in Vancouver.”
City (10-5-3, 33 points} enters the match in third place in the Eastern Conference, breathing down the collective necks of the first-place Chicago Fire (11-3-4, 37) and Toronto FC (10-3-5, 35).
Vancouver (6-7-4, 21), on the other hand, is struggling in seventh place in the Western Conference, although a victory could very boost the Whitecaps into sixth place.
“Before thinking about trying to win the game we need to perform, to play with the right attitude – we need to have the same concentration and focus we’ve had in the last few games and that will allow us to have a chance to win the game,” Vieira said. “It’s not going to be easy at all and we have to be ready mentally because it’s going to be hard for us.”