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Whitecaps looking for win vs. expansion Austin FC

Austin FC and the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps will meet on the pitch for the first time on Wednesday with both teams looking to find a way into the win column.

At least the Whitecaps have been earning points. Vancouver (3-7-8, 17 points) travels to Austin for the match carrying five consecutive draws, the most recent result a scoreless tie at San Jose on Friday.

The Whitecaps have scored five goals over that stretch and are unbeaten in their past six matches.

"We went for the three points," Vancouver coach Marc Dos Santos said. "We tried, we went for it. Again, when you don't win you don't win, it's important not to lose, because every point is important. I'm very proud of everybody. ... Unfortunately, we weren't able to get the full three points."

Vancouver's five-match draw streak is one short of the league record as set by Chicago in 2014, Colorado in 2011 and San Jose in 2004. The Whitecaps' three wins this season are tied for a league-low with Houston, Cincinnati and Toronto.

The Whitecaps will be without striker Lucas Cavallini, who is out until September with a left knee injury.

Austin FC (4-10-4, 16 points) heads home after a 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake on Saturday. Austin played most of the second half with just 10 men after Julio Cascante was assessed a red card.

Austin has been shut out in 11 of its past 14 matches and in 12 of its 18 outings during its inaugural campaign. It has the fewest goals in MLS (13) and is tied with Toronto for the most losses in the league.

"I can understand (the frustrations)," Austin coach Josh Wolff said after Saturday's loss. "That is criticism that is certainly warranted because we're not scoring goals and we're not winning games. We're aware of what this game is about and the need to get results. We have to score goals."

Cascante will miss the game for Austin, with defender Zan Kolmanic (ankle) and midfielder Sebastian Driussi (leg) also likely to be out with injuries suffered on Saturday.