With the dark clouds of a one-win record circling the Vancouver Whitecaps, there have been a few beams of sunshine breaching the darkness.All Marc Dos Santos is hoping for is a little lull in the storm.With the dark clouds of a one-win record circling the Vancouver Whitecaps, there have been a few beams of sunshine breaching the darkness. The one win was against the top team in Major League Soccer, Los Angeles FC, as the Caps held an offence on a record-setting pace to zero goals.None of their decisions have been blowouts, as their lone multi-goal loss — a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the L.A. Galaxy — came down to one blown assignment and a moment of magic from one of the game’s greats, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.But the Caps remain stuck on one win — something they hope changes Saturday against the Philadelphia Union — and Dos Santos thinks it will come down to weathering the storm with poise and patience.“It takes a little bit of tranquillity,” said the Whitecaps’ coach. “When it’s 0-0, and games are very tight, it gets anxious. If the opponent scores, or if we score now we want to defend, it’s going to take a little bit of tranquillity … and maturity in dealing with that.”In two of the past three games the Whitecaps have surrendered goals in the 84th and 88th minutes. A controversial penalty-kick goal from Nemanja Nikolić lifted the Chicago Fire to a 1-1 tie with Vancouver, while Orlando City won when Sacha Kljestan’s shot caromed off teammate Nani to steal a late victory for the Lions.Both goals came after sustained pressure from their opposition, as the Caps ceded possession in search of a result on the road. LAFC put the Caps on the grill at B.C. Place Stadium as well, but despite some close-in chances from Carlos Vela — the league’s leading scorer — and Diego Rossi, Vancouver hung on for the triumph.The Union (4-3-1, fourth in the East) play either in a 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 setup, relying on an active and aggressive press to force turnovers. They lead the league in tackles per game (22.4) and concede the fewest shots (8.5). But the Caps (1-5-2, 10th in the West) will look to recapture the quality they showed against LAFC and the Seattle Sounders.“Sometimes there’s games that you steal points, others you deserve. In a game where we’re home, we want to continue in the vibe and rhythm we showed against LAFC,” said Dos Santos. “I think one of the trends they (the Union) have, is in the moment they win possession, they attack the space in behind the opponent. They’re dynamic doing that. We’re very aware of the danger that they can pose.”The Union come into B.C. Place off the heels of a 3-0 win over the Montreal Impact, their fourth victory in five games after starting the season winless in three. They’ve posted three shutouts and outscored their opponents 10-3 along the way in their last five matches.“The key has been our defensive shape, the way everyone is buying into our tactics,” said Union winger Alejandro Bedoya. “We’re not allowing many chances from our opponents, which is key. But at the same time, we’re trying to make the most of our chances. We got another three goals against Montreal even though we didn’t play so great. But the most important thing for us is defensively — (before) allowing these easy goals where we were spaced out too much and not really tactically in our spots.”Saturday will be the longest road trip of the season for the Union so far, but they know what to expect.“We know what the elements are already,” said Bedoya. “It’s tough in this league to travel far on the West Coast, and then dealing with the turf that they have — it’s probably not the best, let me get that out of the way — but I think Vancouver this year, I haven’t seen much of them, but they have a good coach who’s changed the way in years prior. I expect a team that will try … to play through us, but as I said, the key is staying compact defensively.“If we’re able to do that, and we’re able to get them on a transition … I think we’ll be able to create enough chances to get a result. The hope is to keep the game at zero for as along as possible, and not concede any goals.”firstname.lastname@example.org/TheRealJJAdamsNEXT GAMESaturdayPhiladelphia Union vs. Vancouver Whitecaps2 p.m., B.C. Place Stadium, TV: TSN; Radio: TSN 1040 AMCLICK HERE to report a typo. Is there more to this story? We’d like to hear from you about this or any other stories you think we should know about. Email email@example.com.