The Vancouver Whitecaps haven’t lost since falling to the Seattle Sounders four weeks ago. That contest also marked the beginning of Camilo’s impressive scoring streak.
He’ll look to score in a sixth straight match as the Whitecaps seek to maintain their unbeaten home record and defeat Seattle for the first time in seven tries Saturday night.
Vancouver (7-5-5) had a three-game winning streak snapped in Wednesday’s 1-all draw with Sporting Kansas City, but Camilo’s goal off a free kick in the 45th minute gave him seven over his last five contests.
Camilo’s 10 goals have him tied for second in MLS, one behind Montreal’s Marco Di Vaio.
“I feel very good but it’s not (just) me, our team is playing good,” Camilo said. “I hope it continues like that.”
Camilo’s streak began when he scored both goals in a 3-2 loss at Seattle on June 8, as the Whitecaps fell to 0-3-3 all-time in this Cascadia Cup rivalry. However, the last two meetings in Vancouver have resulted in draws, and the Whitecaps enter with a 5-0-3 home record this year.
Coach Martin Rennie, whose club joins Dallas as the only ones without a home loss, believes the Whitecaps’ confidence is continuously rising.
“I think the team is growing in its belief,” Rennie said. “Earlier in the season we were often playing well and weren’t always getting the results we deserved. I think now the players realize they’re a really good team and have as good of a chance against anybody.”
Vancouver, which prides itself on speed, will be playing its third game in eight days Saturday.
“We might be a little bit tired, but it’s an important game for us,” Camilo said.
Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said one of his team’s goals will be to slow Vancouver’s star, in part by avoiding giving him free kicks in prime scoring areas.
“He’s been very dangerous on free kicks,” Schmid said. “We can’t give him the time and space, especially when he comes in from the left because he loves to come inside and cut to his right foot.”
The Sounders (7-5-3) have won six of their last eight MLS matches after beginning the season 1-3-3. Obafemi Martins scored each goal in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over D.C.
Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning earned his sixth league shutout for Seattle, which has played the fewest games in MLS competition. Saturday will mark only the team’s third match since facing Vancouver last month.
The light load combined with the Whitecaps’ recently demanding schedule could help the Sounders control Vancouver’s speed.
“It’s just a matter of us taking care of ourselves and coming back as refreshed as possible coming into this game,” Schmid said. “They play with some speed and have a lot of energy up front and we want to make sure we can negate that.”
Camilo has scored four times in the six meetings with Seattle, which has netted at least two goals in all but one matchup.