Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Atlanta United BC Place — Vancouver May 15 - 10:00 PM ET Fox SportSouth MLSsoccer.com preview here. AJC United home page here. No rest for the weary as Atlanta ventures to their most remote league destination in search of their 4th consecutive win. Yes, this quirk of MLS scheduling is beyond incomprehensible but griping won't change anything. The fine folks in British Columbia will be expecting an opponent clad in Atlanta colors and the match will count in the standings, so onward we go. Atlanta's display vs. Orlando wasn't their best but it was good enough for 3 points. Pity got onto the score sheet, the defense kept another shutout, and no one got hurt. Survive and advance. Josef and a few others showed fatigue, and we know that Nagbe and Parkhurst aren't even on the trip, so for the next few matches we're assured of a rotating lineup. Vancouver is likewise looking to round into form under their new manager. A classic middling MLS side they have some MLS quality like Freddy Montero but still need to find a complete lineup. In Vancouver's case their need is offense as they're averaging only a goal per match while surrendering a little more than that. Some injuries aren't helping, nor is having some other better teams established in the conference, but depending on the season preview of your choice the Whitecaps are a playoff contender, particularly when playing at home. For the Five Stripes this stretch will be about retaining their defensive solidity. Legs and minds will surely be tired so the best option is to prove capable of controlling the ball and minimizing Vancouver's dangerous chances. Josef and others are capable of a quick strike counter but will want to be efficient in their attacks. I'd be tempted to start almost a completely new side, writing off this non-conference match-up ahead of the weekend trip to New Jersey. Sacrifice this one in order to keep the starters ready for the next three. We'll see what FdB and company prescribe.