By: AJ Gil
After their 1-0 win over the Montreal Impact in the season opener, the San Jose Earthquakes now turn attention to another Canadian team in Vancouver WhiteCaps. The WhiteCaps have a few key figure to watch out for on Saturday at Avaya Stadium.
22 year-old striker, Kekuta Manneh brings amazing speed, and beautiful snake-like jukes that leave defenders behind. Having a shortened 2016 year due to an ankle injury that resulted in season ending surgery in mid July, Manneh, is looking to have a bounce back year. Manneh had a great preseason and is looking to convert that to the real season, and can score up close in the box, decent with headers and has shown goals from distance outside the box as well.
Another player to keep a close eye is loaned Colombian forward Fredy Montero. Montero has had two previous stints in the MLS, most recently with the Seattle Sounders. Do not let his instability with a club fool you, Montero is a goal scorer and it comes in all variety of ways. The Quakes as a team has to up their performance against Montero because he is coming from a European league, which is said to have better quality of play.
Fresh off a suspension, Defender Kendall Watson will most likely be in this week’s starting 11 for the WhiteCaps versus the Earthquakes. Watson has been with the Canadian club since 2014 and for the most part has been a regular starter. His best year with the club was his second year where he was nominated for Defensive Player Of The Year finalist in 2015.
The Quakes will have their hands full this Saturday versus another Canadian team in Vancouver WhiteCaps, but look eager to build on their home opener win.