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VANCOUVER -- The salsa music was cranked up loud in the Vancouver Whitecaps dressing room prior to a training session this week.

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VANCOUVER -- The salsa music was cranked up loud in the Vancouver Whitecaps dressing room prior to a training session this week. Philadelphia Flyers Jerseys . The players looked relaxed and smiled as they filed out for practice. There was little evidence the teams confidence had been shaken by a pair of subpar performances and its first loss in eight Major League Soccer games. There was even talk about how the Seattle Sounders, Vancouvers Cascadia rival with the best record in MLS, are the right medicine to cure whatever ails the Whitecaps. "Its the perfect test to bounce back," forward Nigel Reo-Coker said about Saturdays game at BC Place Stadium. "Its a great test for the team. No one expects us to win this game. They are the most experienced team, I would say, in the league. For us, as an emerging young team, its a great time for us to prove to people we should be taken seriously as a team." The Whitecaps had a franchise record eight-game unbeaten streak (3-0-5) snapped in a 2-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids last week. Vancouver had also played poorly in a 0-0 draw to the Montreal Impact the previous game. A Vancouver team that had gone six of seven games scoring two or more goals has suddenly had problems putting the ball in the net. "The last couple of games I dont think our team has produced the same amount of opportunities they have in the past," said forward Erik Hurtado. "That is going to affect us scoring goals." Coach Carl Robinson doesnt see any big problems with the Whitecaps game, just areas that need little fixes. "Good teams are able to do the crappy jobs very well," said Robinson. "Weve done that the first part of the season. In the last two games I think we went away from that. "Our transition play needs to be a little bit better. Its the little details that make the big differences. If we get back to that, then everyone will put a smile on their face." Seattle leads the MLS standings with 35 points from a 11-3-2 record. One of those ties came against Vancouver last month. The Sounders have also scored 33 goals, more than any other team in the league. Vancouver is fifth in the Western Conference, 13 points behind Seattle with a 5-3-7 record. Steven Beitashour, who is returning to the Whitecaps lineup after playing for Iran at the World Cup, said the last two results are a minor bump in a long season. "We were on a nice streak," said the 27-year-old right back. "The guys did well during that. "The league is going to have runs, good runs, bad runs. I dont think two is bad at all. Im confident this weekend we will have a good result, then we will start a new winning streak." The last time the teams met Seattle salvaged the tie on a late penalty kick after a controversial call. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid doesnt expect things to be any easier in the rematch. "They are going to be a team that is motivated," Schmid said on the Sounders website. "Im sure they havent been happy with their last two games they played, they havent scored any goals. "Coach Robinson will be under them and motivating them. That team is going to be hungry when they play us." One reason the Whitecaps have had problems scoring goals is teams are dropping back defenders to counter Vancouvers speed. Robinson said his team must be smarter with the ball when they have possession. "We have to get back to maintaining possession, dictating possession, but also being a threat in the final third," he said. "We know we have quick players, but have we got players with an understanding how to move (opposition) players out of position? Seattle is a very organized team. They like to get eight, nine men behind the ball. We are going to have to be open and expansive but also a little bit creative in our final third play." Vancouver could also improve its set plays. The Whitecaps have been unable to take advantage of some good deliveries from midfielder Pedro Morales. "I think the service has been there," said Robinson. "Now its the challenge for the players to get in the right position. Its about movement in the box." The Whitecaps have been guilty of giving up leads. Robinson said thats a result of his team still learning how to deal with certain game situations. "The top teams are able to grind out results," he said. "I havent got an experienced core. I have a young group. "When we bend we might break at the moment. Its important we learn from scenarios like that. At the moment we have broken but we will learn form certain things." One player thrilled to be back in the Whitecaps lineup is Medhi Ballouchy. The 31-year-old midfielder from Morocco spent 11 months recovering from anterior cruciate ligament surgeries on both knees. During that time he also lost his father to cancer. Ballouchy played 20 minutes against Colorado and called the experience "amazing." "Taking something from a soccer player ... its always hard," he said about his long recovery. "Im just happy (and) at this point dont even want to think about it. "I hope I can stay in this phase for a long time." Travis Konecny Jersey . The second-ranked Jayhawks will play the Miners of Texas-El Paso at Imperial Arena in the Bahamas. The game can be seen live on TSN2 starting at 7pm et/4pm pt. Braydon Coburn Jersey . Last year, Matt Kuchar closed with a 4-under 68 to beat Kevin Chappell by two strokes for his second win of the 2013 season and sixth of his career. http://www.nhlflyersproauthentic.com/matt-read-hockey-jersey/ . - Mathew Barzal scored 3:47 into overtime as the Seattle Thunderbirds downed the visiting Everett Silvertips 4-3 on Tuesday in Western Hockey League playoff action. ABBOTSFORD, B.C. -- When the Abbotsford Heat ran out of gas near the end, a veteran goalie carried them to the finish line. Joey MacDonald made 29 saves and stopped all four shooters in the shootout as the Abbotsford Heat defeated the San Antonio Rampage 3-2 in American Hockey League action Wednesday. MacDonald was making his first AHL start since Jan. 28, 2012 after being put on waivers by the Calgary Flames on Saturday. The veteran of 129 NHL games played didnt see much rubber in the first period but was the only reason the Heat were able to get it to the shootout where Ben Street and Blair Jones scored on San Antonios Dov Grumet-Morris. "I think you saw tonight we were a little tired out there and ran out of juice," said Ben Hanowski. "Having (MacDonald) back there helps our confidence. Hes a reliable guy, and he really played well back there tonight." The Heat built a 2-0 lead but gave up the tying goal with six minutes to go in the third and were on their heels the rest of the game. "They were coming pretty good in the third period," said MacDonald. "They hemmed us in our zone for a few shifts there." The win gives Abbotsford (9-4-1) five-straight victories. Joni Ortio won the first four, including Tuesday nights 2-1 win over the Rampage. "We had a good push for just under 30 minutes, then basically we had four flat tires," said Heat head coach Troy Ward. "But when things are going a certain way for you and youre getting good goaltending then you manage through a hockey game. Goaltending will give you a lot of confidence to make plays and stay with things. Both Ortio and MacDonald gave us a chance to win two games and we did." Hanowski and Street scored in regulation, while Jones extended his point streak to five games with an assist.. Jakub Voracek Jersey. Abbotsford is in first place in the Western Conference, but has played more games than all but one other club. Garrett Wilson and Bobby Butler scored for San Antonio (4-6-2). Grumet-Morris stopped 22 shots for the Rampage, and just two-of-four shooters in the shootout, keeping him winless on the season. The Heat opened the scoring at 11:38 of the first period. Colby Robak accidentally gave the puck away in his own crease, allowing Jones to chip the puck up and Street knocked it out of the air for his second goal of the season. Hanowski made it 2-0 at 2:35 of the second period. Markus Granlund collected his own rebound in the corner and found Hanowski at the top of the left circle. The 23-year-old rookie wired a wrist shot past Grumet-Morris for his fifth of the campaign. Wilson got the Rampage on the board at the 12-minute mark of the second period. Alex Petrovics shot was redirected by Wilson in the slot, just over the sprawling netminder, giving him four goals on the year. The visitors tied the game with less than six minutes to go in the third. Butler took a feed from Robak at the right face-off dot and blasted a shot top corner past MacDonald for his third of the season. MacDonald shut the door from there on out, however, ending the game with a stop on John Matsumoto to clinch the win for his latest team -- the fifth AHL club to go with five NHL teams in his 13-year professional career. "Its always disappointing when you spend the last year and a half up there," said MacDonald. "But you know what, its hockey. A lot of things happen, and throughout my career, its happened more than once. "The only thing I can tell you -- every time it happened, I went down with a smile on my face and worked hard and eventually things worked out in the end." Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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