Whitecaps hope to clinch top playoff seeding with win over San Jose

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson doesn’t mind saying I told you so.

If the Whitecaps defeat the San Jose Earthquakes Sunday at BC Place Stadium, Vancouver will finish no worse than second overall in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference and secure a bye into the conference semifinals.

Vancouver (15-11-6) heads into the weekend leading the west with 51 points, three more than second place Sporting Kansas City (12-8-12). They have secured a home playoff game and can finish no worse than fourth.

If the Whitecaps win this weekend, and again next weekend in Portland against the Timbers, they will finish first overall in the West.

It’s an impressive turnaround for a team that missed the playoffs by seven points last year after finishing eighth with a 10-15-9 record.

“It’s about proving people wrong every time,” said Robinson after a Whitecaps’ training session this week. “No one gave us probably a chance to get into the playoffs to start with. I did.

“The target I set for the group at the start of the pre-season was to get into the playoffs. We’ve managed that. No one probably gave us a chance to play in a home game. We’ve done that. We want to try and finish in the top two, we want to try and win (the conference). We know it’s not going to be easy but we have to take care of our own business and we get a chance to do that on Sunday.”

Winning the conference would be a huge reward for the Whitecaps and their fans, but Robinson has even higher goals.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

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