At the beginning of the season there was a question of depth for the Whitecaps and whether the team could handle a rash of injuries. Unfortunately for the Teitur and the Caps the answer is required sooner rather than later as the roster could be without up to nine players available for selection this Saturday against Sporting KC. The latest in the injury cavalcade is Captain Jay DeMerit who tweaked his groin in the international friendly for the United States against Paraguay. Along with the list of injuries can be included a suspension and a couple of players who are on international duty for their countries.
In addition to the injury to DeMerit, who is still to be evaluated by the medical staff, the Whitecaps are still without midfielders Shea Salinas, Davide Chiumiento, John Thorrington, Micheal Nanchoff and goalkeeper Jay Nolly. Of those players Thorrington and Nolly are the only players that have a chance to play against Sporting KC. Eric Hassli, the team’s Designated Player, is out due to a suspension from receiving two yellow cards against Philadelphia. Both their 1st overall choice Omar Salgado, who just received transfer papers and homegrown player Russell Teibert, already with two starts, are off with their national squads at the U20 CONCACAF tournament.
Teitur Thoradson was hoping that the young players filling out the bottom of the roster wouldn’t be tested until later in the season. Unfortunately with all the absences, injury or otherwise, the Whitecaps will have to continue to throw these inexperienced players into the fire of MLS. If the Whitecaps can squeak out a result against Sporting KC then some of the injured should recover for the midweek match against the Revolution and the starting eleven can return to looking solid once more.