Vancouver Whitecaps vs Toronto FC, Friday’s match for the MLS regular season schedule.
The owners of the house defend an undefeated series of three matches. By beating FC Dallas at home 2-1 on Saturday, May 25, they were close to securing a spot in the Western Conference playoff berth.
With 17 points, they are ninth in the standings. They are just one point down from FC Dallas, which closes the elite squad in seventh place.
That way, they will be able to get into the playoffs, even temporarily if successful on Friday.
Vancouver’s performance as home-team, however, does not offer high hopes to its supporters. When counted only the points that the teams accumulate in their domains, the team figures only in tenth position in the ranking of the house-teams that counts the 12 teams of the Western Conference.
Out of the 24 points that were disputed in the condition of home-team, they kept only 11.
Toronto FC are going through their worst moment of the season. On Sunday, May 26, at home, they were beaten by San Jose Earthquakes by 2 to 1, reaching the mark of five games without a win.
That made them drop from the qualifying zone for the Eastern Conference playoffs. They fell to eighth place in the standings when it was parked in the 17.
They have one less game than Chicago Fire, who took the seventh place and closed the block of teams that would have the right to fight for the season’s title of the most important professional soccer league in the United States.
The performance of the Toronto team as a visitor is a bit better. When considering only the results of the Eastern Conference teams outside their domains, it ranks seventh.
Out of the 24 points that they played in the condition of visitors, they returned home with 11.
The prognostic in Vancouver’s victory for the Canadian teams duel seems to be the best guess for the match that starts on Friday in the schedule of the MLS regular season weekend.