CARSON, Calif. -- After Vancouver Whitecaps FC earned an important scoreless draw against Real Salt Lake on Oct. 26 with his Scottish Designated Player duo of Barry Robson and Kenny Miller on the bench for most of the match, the Vancouver Sun speculated that 'Caps head coach Martin Rennie may leave the pair on the bench for the start of Thursday's Knockout Round game against the LA Galaxy.
Both players joined the Whitecaps in July and almost immediately immersed themselves in Rennie's starting XI with Robson playing 17 games with three goals and two assists, while Miller participated in 13 matches, notching two goals and one assists. But even though Miller and Robson are integral pieces in Vancouver's offense, the Galaxy are waiting for the Whitecaps to make the first move.
"We'll just have to wait and see, they obviously had a good performance on the road in their last game," said defender Todd Dunivant. "Those guys didn't start, but they obviously came in and contributed. I wouldn't be surprised either way."
While Dunivant admits that Rennie could decide either way, Associate head coach Dave Sarachan believes that LA will see the two Scottish DPs on the field at some point on Thursday.
"We'll see them, I'm not sure how it's going to play out whether they're starters from the beginning of the game or they're brought into the game," said Sarachan. "I would find it hard to believe that we don't see them in one capacity or the other."