Whitecaps coach already making excuses ahead of CCL semi-final showdown

Vancouver Whitecaps boss Carl Robinson has been getting his excuses in early ahead of tonight’s CONCACAF Champions League semi-final.

We face the MLS side at El Volcan at 8pm local time, with the second leg in Canada in three weeks.

Robinson accepts his side are the underdogs, but says the MLS schedule makes the task even more difficult for his side.

“The scheduling has always probably favored the Mexican teams from where they are in their season to where MLS teams are, but also the quality and the money and the salary cap details that we have to deal with that they don’t,” he said Robinson.

“It’s not rocket science. They probably do have better players than us across the board.” (Times Colonist)

MLS sides have only beaten Liga MX sides in knockout football twice in the last nine seasons, one of which was when Seattle beat us in the 2013 quarter final.

“No one will give us a chance because they have world class players and a world-class coach,” Robinson added.

“But we made history by qualifying for the Champions League. Then it was the quarterfinals, now it’s the semifinals, so why not? We’ll be underdogs, but we’ll be up for the challenge.”

Vancouver is eighth in the MLS Western Conference after two games. They drew 0-0 with Philadelphia in the season opener then lost 3-2 to San Jose last time out.

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