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Herrera Heartbreak: Late Hector Herrera winner cancels out positive CanMNT performance in Gold Cup semi-final vs Mexico

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team fell to Mexico 2-1 on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup. Here’s what stood out to us from that one.  After they did so well to instill belief, to see that ripped from them at the death was heart-wrenching.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, they were always going to be in tough against tournament favourites, … Continue reading Herrera Heartbreak: Late Hector Herrera winner cancels out positive CanMNT performance in Gold Cup semi-final vs Mexico

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Night to Remember: Why a historic Thursday night for CanMNT, CanWNT is a needed one for soccer in Canada

On Thursday night, all eyeballs will be on Canadian Soccer, as both Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National Team’s will get set to play a pair of big games over a span of just under 12 hours. Here’s why that’s so important for the sport in this country.  It’s so nice, they’re going to do it twice. For a span of just under 12 hours … Continue reading Night to Remember: Why a historic Thursday night for CanMNT, CanWNT is a needed one for soccer in Canada

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Quiet Star: Analyzing how Cristian Dajome has quietly turned into an MLS all-star candidate for the Vancouver Whitecaps 

Despite not always getting the recognition that he deserves from around MLS, Vancouver Whitecaps winger Cristian Dajome has quietly been one of the league’s best forwards this year. Here’s a look at why his strong play has made him a potential league all-star candidate, even if those around MLS aren’t talking about it quite yet. In just his 2nd season, he’s taken a big step … Continue reading Quiet Star: Analyzing how Cristian Dajome has quietly turned into an MLS all-star candidate for the Vancouver Whitecaps 

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Shake the Tri: Diving into Mexico’s tactical profile ahead of pivotal Gold Cup semi-final clash with CanMNT

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team is getting set to take on Mexico in a pivotal 2021 Gold Cup semi-final clash on Thursday night. Here’s what to expect from El Tri tactically in that encounter, and how Canada can counter that.  Having reached a frontier not breached in a long time, a familiar foe now awaits.  Just by making the semi-finals of the 2021 CONCACAF Gold … Continue reading Shake the Tri: Diving into Mexico’s tactical profile ahead of pivotal Gold Cup semi-final clash with CanMNT

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Late Slip-Up: Late own goal vs Great Britain sets up pivotal Olympic quarter-final vs Brazil for CanWNT

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team drew Great Britain 1-1 in their Group E Olympic finale on Tuesday. Here’s what stood out to us from that game.  In their last tune-up before the big show, things went relatively to plan.  For Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, their last game of Group E action at the 2021 Olympics was always going to be about rotating their team … Continue reading Late Slip-Up: Late own goal vs Great Britain sets up pivotal Olympic quarter-final vs Brazil for CanWNT

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Power Shift: The CanMNT return to Gold Cup semi-finals for first time since 2007 with big 2-0 win over Costa Rica

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team beat Costa Rica on Sunday night, punching their ticket to the semi-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup, a stage they haven’t reached since 2007. Here’s what stood out to us from that game.  With a chance to change some recent history, they didn’t shrink in front of the bright lights.  As they looked to return to the semi-finals of the … Continue reading Power Shift: The CanMNT return to Gold Cup semi-finals for first time since 2007 with big 2-0 win over Costa Rica

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Cooled Chile: Janine Beckie brace helps CanWNT to pivotal 2-1 over resilient Chile, setting up dramatic Great Britain Group E finale

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team picked up a big 2-1 win over Chile on Saturday, thanks to a key brace from Janine Beckie. Here’s what stood out to us from that one.  Facing what was essentially a must-win game, it was a nice bounce-back performance.  Having tied Japan in their opening game of the 2021 Summer Olympics Soccer Tournament, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s Group … Continue reading Cooled Chile: Janine Beckie brace helps CanWNT to pivotal 2-1 over resilient Chile, setting up dramatic Great Britain Group E finale

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Demons Dodged: Vancouver Whitecaps ride Colombian connection to valuable road point against LAFC

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on LAFC in a pivotal MLS Western Conference matchup on Saturday, drawing 2-2 in a tough road environment, one that hasn’t always treated them well in recent years. Here’s our match recap from that one.  Considering some of their past experiences in that stadium, it wasn’t the worst result.  Make no mistake, the Vancouver Whitecaps certainly dropped 2 points against LAFC … Continue reading Demons Dodged: Vancouver Whitecaps ride Colombian connection to valuable road point against LAFC

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3rd time lucky?: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avoid another LA horrorshow in trip to LAFC

 The Vancouver Whitecaps take on LAFC on Saturday night in MLS action. Here is our preview ahead of that one.  It’s a chance for redemption on multiple fronts.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, a big clash awaits them on Saturday, when they travel to LA to take on an in-form LAFC side at Banc of California Stadium.  With 4 wins in their last 6 games, this … Continue reading 3rd time lucky?: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avoid another LA horrorshow in trip to LAFC

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Tangoing with the Ticos: Analyzing Costa Rica’s tactical profile ahead of 2021 Gold Cup quarter-final clash with CanMNT

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will take on Costa Rica on Sunday in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Gold Cup. Here is what to expect from the Ticos then, as Canada looks to return to the semi-finals of the Gold Cup for the first time since 2007.  After a week-long break, a sprint to the final now awaits.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, they’ll … Continue reading Tangoing with the Ticos: Analyzing Costa Rica’s tactical profile ahead of 2021 Gold Cup quarter-final clash with CanMNT

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Nice Surprise: Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown quietly emerging as valuable full back options for Vancouver Whitecaps

Despite being further down the depth chart heading into the start of the 2021 MLS season, full backs Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown have emerged as valuable options for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2021. Here’s how.  After some early concerns, it has quickly become a position of strength for the Vancouver Whitecaps this season.  Heading into the start of the 2021 MLS season, no one … Continue reading Nice Surprise: Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown quietly emerging as valuable full back options for Vancouver Whitecaps

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Spoilt Celebration: Late Japan goal sinks CanWNT in 1-1 draw, cancelling Christine Sinclair’s 187th goal in 300th cap

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team kicked off their 2021 Olympic campaign with a 1-1 draw against hosts, Japan, on Wednesday. Here is what stood out to us in that one.  After a bright start, it was a tough late gut punch.  For Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, in most circumstances, a 1-1 draw with 2021 Olympics hosts Japan would be hard to classify as a … Continue reading Spoilt Celebration: Late Japan goal sinks CanWNT in 1-1 draw, cancelling Christine Sinclair’s 187th goal in 300th cap

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Tokyo Time: CanWNT looking to build off of 2012 and 2016 Olympic triumphs by taking step forward at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team kicks off their 2021 Olympic tournament this week in Tokyo. Here is our preview of what awaits them in Tokyo, as Canada looks to reach the podium for the 3rd straight Olympic tournament. It’s finally upon us.  Over 1800 days after the last summer Olympics, and a year after they were originally supposed to happen, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are finally … Continue reading Tokyo Time: CanWNT looking to build off of 2012 and 2016 Olympic triumphs by taking step forward at 2021 Tokyo Olympics

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Sandy Snoozefest: Vancouver Whitecaps combine for quiet 0-0 draw with Houston Dynamo in pivotal Western Conference clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps drew the Houston Dynamo 0-0 in their latest ‘home’ game on Tuesday. Here is our match report from that one.  For all that was at stake for both teams, it was far from a memorable match.  Heading into a midweek clash between two MLS Western Conference teams that certainly needed points, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Houston Dynamo, who both currently sit just … Continue reading Sandy Snoozefest: Vancouver Whitecaps combine for quiet 0-0 draw with Houston Dynamo in pivotal Western Conference clash

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No Rest for the Weary: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for quick ‘turnaround’ ahead of clash against Houston Dynamo

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Houston Dynamo in MLS action on Tuesday. Here is our preview ahead of that one.  After having gotten a taste of glory, the quest is now to avoid complacency.  Having snapped an 8-game winless run this past weekend, the Vancouver Whitecaps will have had every reason to want to revel in their recent victory, a 2-1 triumph over the … Continue reading No Rest for the Weary: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for quick ‘turnaround’ ahead of clash against Houston Dynamo

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Moore Misery: Early Shaq Moore goal sinks CanMNT in 1-0 loss to USMNT in 2021 Gold Cup Group B finale

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team finished the group stage of the 2021 Gold Cup with a 1-0 loss to the United States on Sunday, pushing them down to 2nd in Group B ahead of the quarter-finals. Here is what stood out from that game.  They had nothing to lose, yet so much to gain.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, those were the exact circumstances … Continue reading Moore Misery: Early Shaq Moore goal sinks CanMNT in 1-0 loss to USMNT in 2021 Gold Cup Group B finale

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Bury the 8-Ball: Vancouver Whitecaps snap 8-game winless run in 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy

The Vancouver Whitecaps snapped an 8-game winless run on Saturday, as they beat the LA Galaxy 2-1. Here is our match report from that one.  Facing down the barrel of a 9th straight game without a win, they found a bit of life right at the perfect time.  Down 1-0 at halftime to the 3rd place team in all of MLS, the LA Galaxy, riding … Continue reading Bury the 8-Ball: Vancouver Whitecaps snap 8-game winless run in 2-1 win over the LA Galaxy

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Do-Over: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avenge recent LA Galaxy loss in important rematch

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the LA Galaxy in MLS action on Saturday. Here is our preview ahead of that one.  After a short break, they’re ready to try and break their slump.  In the midst of an 8-game winless run, not a whole lot has gone right as of late for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who have picked up just 2 points out of a … Continue reading Do-Over: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to avenge recent LA Galaxy loss in important rematch

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Triple Threat: CanMNT put 1 foot in 2021 Gold Cup quarter-finals with big 4-1 win over Haiti

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team rode an early Stephen Eustaquio goal to a 4-1 win over Haiti, their third such win over their Haitian foes in this past month. Here is what stood out from this game, which proved to be a comfortable win for Canada, despite some nervy moments along the way.  The destination may have been the right one, but the journey to … Continue reading Triple Threat: CanMNT put 1 foot in 2021 Gold Cup quarter-finals with big 4-1 win over Haiti

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s 2021 Olympic Squad by ‘Surprise Rating’

With the return of Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team ahead of the start of the 2021 Olympic Soccer tournament, we break down their latest squad, which was announced a few weeks ago, by ‘Surprise Rating’.  After months of preparation, the big day is nearly here.  For Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team, that big day is July 21st, the day on which they’ll officially kick off … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s 2021 Olympic Squad by ‘Surprise Rating’

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The Third Sub Episode 105: ‘Caps continue winless run, Derek Cornelius heads to Greece, and Canada opens Gold Cup with a win

In Episode 105 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps and CanMNT after another busy week of news. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada Soccer amidst another … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 105: ‘Caps continue winless run, Derek Cornelius heads to Greece, and Canada opens Gold Cup with a win

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Departed Derek: Analyzing Derek Cornelius’s loan to Panetolikos and what it means for the Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps officially loaned out 23-year-old centre back, Derek Cornelius, to Greek Super League side Panetolikos on Monday. Here is a look at what this move means for the ‘Caps.  After an up-and-down tenure to date, they’ve elected to give him a fresh start.  As has been reported over the last few days, the Vancouver Whitecaps have now officially loaned out 23-year-old centre back … Continue reading Departed Derek: Analyzing Derek Cornelius’s loan to Panetolikos and what it means for the Vancouver Whitecaps

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Off to the Races: CanMNT survive early scare before cruising to 4-1 win over Martinique to open 2021 Gold Cup

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team kicked off their 2021 Gold Cup campaign with a 4-1 win over Martinique on Sunday. Here is what stood out from that game, one in which Canada survived an early scare before getting back into the game, cruising to their eventual result.  After an early scare, they did what they needed to do to avoid an upset.  It might not … Continue reading Off to the Races: CanMNT survive early scare before cruising to 4-1 win over Martinique to open 2021 Gold Cup

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Gold Hunting: BTSVancity’s 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preview

The 2021 Gold Cup kicks off this weekend. Here is our preview of the tournament, the 16th edition of North America’s biggest men’s international soccer competition.  As is tradition every 2 years, some of CONCACAF’s finest are ready to do battle for North American supremacy once again.  After there were fears that the tournament might not happen at all, the 2021 Gold Cup is set … Continue reading Gold Hunting: BTSVancity’s 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup preview

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New Look: Analyzing the CanMNT’s 3-5-2 (and why they should keep it) ahead of the 2021 Gold Cup

In this, we break down Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s 3-5-2 formation that they debuted back in June, seeing why they should probably keep working on this particular tactical set-up ahead of the 2021 Gold Cup this July (and for the Octagonal, as well). After a bit of experimentation, they’ve appeared to find the magic formula.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s head coach, John … Continue reading New Look: Analyzing the CanMNT’s 3-5-2 (and why they should keep it) ahead of the 2021 Gold Cup

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s 2021 Gold Cup Squad by ‘Surprise Rating’

With the return of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team for the 2021 Gold Cup, we break down their latest squad, which was announced earlier this month, by giving them a ‘Surprise Rating’.  After a memorable month of June, they’re looking to keep the good times rolling in July.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, they’ve already had the ideal summer, having qualified for the final … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s 2021 Gold Cup Squad by ‘Surprise Rating’

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Salt in the Wound: Vancouver Whitecaps extend winless run to 8 games with 4-0 loss to Real Salt Lake

The Vancouver Whitecaps extended their winless run to 8 games on Wednesday, as they fell 4-0 to Real Salt Lake. Here is our match report from that one.  Despite seeming close to rock bottom, things just went from bad to worse for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Winless in 7, the ‘Caps were looking to build off of the positive momentum of back-to-back road draws against the … Continue reading Salt in the Wound: Vancouver Whitecaps extend winless run to 8 games with 4-0 loss to Real Salt Lake

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Awkward Houseguests: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to snap skid versus RSL in strange ‘home’ game

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Real Salt Lake on Wednesday. Here is our preview ahead of that one.  After a stretch of 6 away games in their last 7, it’s a strange way to come back ‘home’.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, who remain stationed down in the United States for the time being, they’ll be happy to return to Utah, their ‘home-away-from-home’ for their next … Continue reading Awkward Houseguests: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to snap skid versus RSL in strange ‘home’ game

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Late goals, slow starts marring positives changes for Vancouver Whitecaps post-international break

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our column looking at all things Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at the ‘Caps first 4 games after the international break. The ‘Caps find themselves at a strange crossroads at the 33% mark of their 2021 season.  With only 2 wins from 11 games, rooted to the bottom of the Western Conference with just 9 points, 6 points off of the … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Late goals, slow starts marring positives changes for Vancouver Whitecaps post-international break

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Texas Tumble: Vancouver Whitecaps give up late goal to draw FC Dallas 2-2 in Western Conference basement clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps drew FC Dallas 2-2 in their second such draw in a span of 8 days. Here’s our match review from that one, as the ‘Caps suffered some more late heartbreak once again.  After a nice recovery, it was a tough gut punch to take.  Having done so well to come back from down 1-0 to go up 2-1 in the first half, … Continue reading Texas Tumble: Vancouver Whitecaps give up late goal to draw FC Dallas 2-2 in Western Conference basement clash

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Spoil the Party: Vancouver Whitecaps putting full ‘focus’ on pivotal FC Dallas 4th of July clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps are looking to win their first game in nearly 2 months on Sunday, as they take on FC Dallas. Here is our preview ahead of that one.  8 days after a big result, they finally get a chance to build off of it.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, they would’ve preferred to get right back onto the field not long after they picked … Continue reading Spoil the Party: Vancouver Whitecaps putting full ‘focus’ on pivotal FC Dallas 4th of July clash

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The Third Sub Episode 104: Gold Cup, Olympics loom large for CanMNT, CanWNT after busy month of June

In Episode 104 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Canada Soccer’s Men’s and Women’s National teams in the midst of a busy summer for both teams. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Canada … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 104: Gold Cup, Olympics loom large for CanMNT, CanWNT after busy month of June

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The Third Sub Episode 103: Vancouver Whitecaps find a bit of life against Sounders to halt losing streak

In Episode 103 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into the latest news surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps as their 2021 MLS season continues. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps in the midst of another … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 103: Vancouver Whitecaps find a bit of life against Sounders to halt losing streak

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Good as Gauld: Looking at how Ryan Gauld could finally offer Vancouver Whitecaps their long-awaited #10 solution

The Vancouver Whitecaps have recently been linked to Farense #10, Ryan Gauld, a Scottish playmaker. Here is how he could fit into this ‘Caps team, as well as a look at how this deal might go down.  Might the final piece to the Whitecaps attacking puzzle finally be on its way?  It certainly seems so, as reports emerged last week via AFTN’s Michael McColl that … Continue reading Good as Gauld: Looking at how Ryan Gauld could finally offer Vancouver Whitecaps their long-awaited #10 solution

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CPL Roundup: Pacific, Ottawa, Cavalry impress, Valour shock the champions and more from the opening weekend of Canadian Premier League action

In ‘CPL Roundup’ our weekly piece looking back at the Canadian Premier League, we look at what stood out from the opening weekend of CPL action.  After a lengthy break, it was a triumphant return for the Canadian Premier League.  Nearly 280 days after Forge FC defeated the Halifax Wanderers in the 2020 CPL final, the league finally returned this weekend, as they officially began … Continue reading CPL Roundup: Pacific, Ottawa, Cavalry impress, Valour shock the champions and more from the opening weekend of Canadian Premier League action

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Cascadia Chaos: Slumping Vancouver Whitecaps pick up surprise 2-2 draw against league-leading Seattle Sounders in entertaining derby clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps snapped a 5-game losing streak on Saturday, as they picked up a 2-2 road draw against the Seattle Sounders. Here’s our match report from that one.  It might have only been a draw, but for the Vancouver Whitecaps, it must’ve felt like a win.  Losers of 5 straight games heading into Saturday’s clash with current MLS Supporters Shield leaders, the Seattle Sounders, … Continue reading Cascadia Chaos: Slumping Vancouver Whitecaps pick up surprise 2-2 draw against league-leading Seattle Sounders in entertaining derby clash

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Seattle Surprise: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to shock MLS Supporter Shield favourites Seattle Sounders in Cascadian clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps will take on the Seattle Sounders in a Cascadian clash on Saturday. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  It’s derby day.  For the 2nd time in 2021, the Vancouver Whitecaps are getting set to take on Cascadian rivals, as they’ll take on the Seattle Sounders in Seattle on Saturday.  Having played their other Cascadian rivals, the Portland Timbers, all the way … Continue reading Seattle Surprise: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to shock MLS Supporter Shield favourites Seattle Sounders in Cascadian clash

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Third Sub Episode 102: An in-depth 2021 Canadian Premier League preview

In Episode 102 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan do an in-depth preview of the 2021 Canadian Premier League season. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Canadian Premier League ahead of the start of their 2021 season. … Continue reading Third Sub Episode 102: An in-depth 2021 Canadian Premier League preview

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Galaxy-watching: Late Efrain Alvarez goal dooms Vancouver Whitecaps in 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy, extending ‘Caps losing streak to 5

The Vancouver Whitecaps lost 2-1 to the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, extending their losing streak to 5 games. Here’s our recap from that one.  For a struggling team, it certainly felt like a bit of a gut punch.   Facing off against a solid LA Galaxy team, the Vancouver Whitecaps would always be frustrated with a loss no matter the circumstances, but in isolation, it’s hardly … Continue reading Galaxy-watching: Late Efrain Alvarez goal dooms Vancouver Whitecaps in 2-1 loss to LA Galaxy, extending ‘Caps losing streak to 5

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Tokyo-Bound: The CanWNT leans on blend of experience, youth in final Olympic squad reveal

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team revealed their 18-player squad for the 2021 Olympic Soccer tournament on Wednesday. Here is a look at the squad, along with some reaction from Canadian head coach Bev Priestman, as Canada gets set to head to Tokyo next month. It’s snuck up on us quickly here, but it’s almost ‘go-time’.  In exactly 4 weeks (28 days, to be exact), Canada … Continue reading Tokyo-Bound: The CanWNT leans on blend of experience, youth in final Olympic squad reveal

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Different Galaxy: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for ‘improved’ LA Galaxy in crucial midweek matchup

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the LA Galaxy on Wednesday, as they look to snap a 4 game losing streak. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  Make no mistake, this could prove to be huge.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, it feels early to suggest that their midweek clash with the LA Galaxy is a ‘must-win’ game in the context of their season, which is … Continue reading Different Galaxy: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for ‘improved’ LA Galaxy in crucial midweek matchup

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The Third Sub Episode 101: Vancouver Whitecaps continue tough run with loss to RSL

In Episode 101 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps as they return to action after a lengthy break. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports. In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps as they returned from a … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 101: Vancouver Whitecaps continue tough run with loss to RSL

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Rent Due: Late goals sink Vancouver Whitecaps in 3-1 loss to temporary hosts Real Salt Lake

The Vancouver Whitecaps fell 3-1 to Real Salt Lake on Friday, picking up their 4th consecutive loss in the process. Here’s our match report from that one.  It was far from an ideal way to get the show back on the road.  In their first game back from the international break, the Vancouver Whitecaps were hoping that they could get off to the right foot … Continue reading Rent Due: Late goals sink Vancouver Whitecaps in 3-1 loss to temporary hosts Real Salt Lake

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New Beginning: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to ‘maximize’ roster against RSL in 1st game back after international break

The Vancouver Whitecaps are taking on Real Salt Lake on Friday, as they return to MLS action after a lengthy international break. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  After having had a chance to recharge the batteries, they’re just ready to get back out there.  Having been just under a month since they last played a competitive game, the Vancouver Whitecaps are just chomping … Continue reading New Beginning: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to ‘maximize’ roster against RSL in 1st game back after international break

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Eyes on the Road: Looking ahead at what’s next for the CanMNT after progressing to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for first time in 24 years

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team qualified for the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, the Octogonal, for the first time in 24 years on Tuesday. In this, we look at what making it that far means for the program, before breaking down what to expect in the Octo and mapping out how they might go about preparing to get off to a good start … Continue reading Eyes on the Road: Looking ahead at what’s next for the CanMNT after progressing to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers for first time in 24 years

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Octo-bound: CanMNT return to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for the first time in 24 years with big 3-0 win over Haiti to close out round 2 action

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team punched their ticket to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, the Octagonal, for the first time in 24 years, as they beat Haiti 3-0 in the 2nd leg of round 2 action on Tuesday. Here’s what stood out from them in this game.  After a 25 year wait, they’ve finally done it.  Thanks to a big 3-0 win … Continue reading Octo-bound: CanMNT return to final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying for the first time in 24 years with big 3-0 win over Haiti to close out round 2 action

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‘Take us to the Octagon’: The mission is simple for the CanMNT ahead of 2nd leg Haiti clash – dare to dream

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team is looking to qualify for the Octogonal, the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, for the first time since 1997, something that they can do with a win or draw against Haiti on Tuesday. In this, we look at the importance of doing so, looking at what a win could mean for both this program and country in the … Continue reading ‘Take us to the Octagon’: The mission is simple for the CanMNT ahead of 2nd leg Haiti clash – dare to dream

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Brazil Bounceback: CanWNT put up improved performance against Brazil despite 2nd 0-0 draw in 3 days

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team rounded off their June friendlies on Monday with a 0-0 draw against Brazil, their 2nd such result this past week. Here’s what stood out from that game, one in which Canada played a lot better than what the scoreline might suggest.  As far as results go, it wasn’t the ideal scoreline.  In terms of performances, however, there was a lot … Continue reading Brazil Bounceback: CanWNT put up improved performance against Brazil despite 2nd 0-0 draw in 3 days

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Clutch Cyle: Cyle Larin goal the difference in big 1-0 CanMNT away win over Haiti to kick off round 2 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team picked up a huge 1-0 win over Haiti in the 1st leg of the 2nd round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers on Saturday. In this, we look at some of what stood out from that game.  As far as wins go, it wasn’t the prettiest, but it more than got the job done.  On paper, you’d look at Canada Soccer’s … Continue reading Clutch Cyle: Cyle Larin goal the difference in big 1-0 CanMNT away win over Haiti to kick off round 2 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers

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The Third Sub Episode 100: A CanMNT bonanza (Ft: Hady Raphael, Peter Galindo, Thomas Nef & Mitchell Tierney)

In Episode 100 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan are joined by Hady Raphael, Peter Galindo, Thomas Nef and Mitchell Tierney to chat all things Canadian Men’s National Team. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! And this one’s a very special one, as it’s the 100th episode of the Third Sub! To mark … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 100: A CanMNT bonanza (Ft: Hady Raphael, Peter Galindo, Thomas Nef & Mitchell Tierney)

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Czech it Out: CanWNT cruise to quiet 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic to kick off June friendlies

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team kicked off their first of two June friendlies on Friday, as they took on the Czech Republic in Cartagena, Spain. Here’s what stood out from that game, a quiet 0-0 between both teams, one which Canada would probably like to have back.  After a strong April camp, it was a rocky start to June.  Facing off against a Czech Republic … Continue reading Czech it Out: CanWNT cruise to quiet 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic to kick off June friendlies

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Suriname Switch-up: Breaking down the tactics that shaped the CanMNT’s 4-0 win over Suriname

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team picked up a massive win on Tuesday, as they beat Suriname 4-0, booking their ticket to the next round of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers in the process. Here’s our tactical breakdown of the game, as Canada used a few slight adjustments to pave a path towards victory.  It might not have been a massive change, but it certainly had an … Continue reading Suriname Switch-up: Breaking down the tactics that shaped the CanMNT’s 4-0 win over Suriname

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Job Done: CanMNT ride Davies and David connection to 2nd round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in 4-0 win over Suriname

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team took on Suriname in a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. Here’s what stood out from that game, one in which they cruised to a 4-0 win, booking a spot in the next round of qualifying in the process.  When it mattered most, they found a way to rise to the occasion.  Having cruised through their first 3 games … Continue reading Job Done: CanMNT ride Davies and David connection to 2nd round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers in 4-0 win over Suriname

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Strategizing for Suriname: An in-depth tactical preview ahead of the CanMNT’s clash with Suriname in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team takes on Suriname in a huge round 1 CONCACAF World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. In this, we preview the game tactically, looking at the strategies, individuals and battles that might decide this massive match for both sides.  It’s all come down to this.  Canada versus Suriname. A spot in round 2 of CONCACAF’s World Cup qualifiers on the line.  For … Continue reading Strategizing for Suriname: An in-depth tactical preview ahead of the CanMNT’s clash with Suriname in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action

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Seven Up: The CanMNT cruise to 7-0 win over Aruba in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, setting up pivotal Suriname round 1 finale

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team picked up a big 7-0 win over Aruba on Saturday, giving them 9 points from 3 games so far in round 1 of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying action. Here’s what went down in that match, as they now get set to take on Suriname in a massive game on Tuesday. It was always expected to be a big result, so … Continue reading Seven Up: The CanMNT cruise to 7-0 win over Aruba in CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, setting up pivotal Suriname round 1 finale

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The Third Sub Episode 99: The Brian White trade, Marc Dos Santos’s future and a look around MLS

In Episode 99 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue Ruzic and Samuel Rowan are joined by Third Sub contributor Peter Hicken to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS, as … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 99: The Brian White trade, Marc Dos Santos’s future and a look around MLS

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Rouges Reflections: Diving into a CanMNT and CanWNT mailbag ahead of a busy summer of Canadian soccer action

In this edition of Rouges Reflection, our column on all things Canadian Soccer, we dive into a bevy of questions from the readers in our mailbag, doing our best to answer questions about both of Canada Soccer’s National Teams ahead of a busy summer of action for both teams.  A busy June of Canadian soccer awaits.  From the Men’s National Team’s quest to progress to … Continue reading Rouges Reflections: Diving into a CanMNT and CanWNT mailbag ahead of a busy summer of Canadian soccer action

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Halfway There: CanMNT looking to close out 1st round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers on a high note vs Aruba and Suriname

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team is getting set to play a pair of very important CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers against Aruba and Suriname this week. If they take care of business in those games, the 2nd round of qualifying awaits them, with a chance to make history. Here’s what to expect from them at this camp.  Fresh off of 3 months apart, the squad is … Continue reading Halfway There: CanMNT looking to close out 1st round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers on a high note vs Aruba and Suriname

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Price is ‘White’: Breaking down the Vancouver Whitecaps surprising trade for striker Brian White from the New York Red Bulls

The Vancouver Whitecaps were wheeling and dealing on Wednesday, as they acquired forward Brian White from the New York Red Bulls for $400 000 in GAM. In this, we dive deeper into the move, seeing why it’s a curious one for this ‘Caps team.  An acquisition was on the horizon, and now, it is finally here.  It wasn’t necessarily the transaction most people were expecting … Continue reading Price is ‘White’: Breaking down the Vancouver Whitecaps surprising trade for striker Brian White from the New York Red Bulls

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Third Sub Episode 98: Big month of June lies ahead for CanMNT, CanWNT

In Episode 98 of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports, Alexandre Gangue Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Canada Soccer’s National Teams ahead of a busy month of June for both the men’s and women’s programs. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time … Continue reading Third Sub Episode 98: Big month of June lies ahead for CanMNT, CanWNT

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Squad ahead of June’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers by ‘Surprise Rating’

With the return of Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team ahead of June’s crucial 2022 World Cup qualifiers, we break down their latest squad, giving each player called up a ‘Surprise Rating’.  After a positive reunion in March, they’re looking to carry the good vibes into June.  For Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team, a massive task awaits them over the coming weeks, as they get set … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team Squad ahead of June’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers by ‘Surprise Rating’

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Final Frontier: June friendlies important test for Bev Priestman and CanWNT ahead of tough Olympic decisions

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team will play a pair of friendlies in June, giving them valuable last-minute preparation time ahead of the Olympics this summer. Here’s some of what head coach Bev Priestman had to say ahead of these games, as she and her staff undergo their last preparations ahead of a big Olympic tournament for this Canadian team.   The last push towards the Olympics … Continue reading Final Frontier: June friendlies important test for Bev Priestman and CanWNT ahead of tough Olympic decisions

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Time Ticking: Breaking down how Alan Patrick’s links to the Vancouver Whitecaps highlights their growing need for DP #10

Reports came out on Thursday morning that the Vancouver Whitecaps were linked to Brazilian midfielder, Alan Patrick, from Shakhtar Donetsk. In this, we see what these reports might mean for Vancouver, as the ‘Caps need for a DP #10 continues to grow by the game.  As the days tick by, the calls get louder.  Now that the Vancouver Whitecaps have completed just over 20% of … Continue reading Time Ticking: Breaking down how Alan Patrick’s links to the Vancouver Whitecaps highlights their growing need for DP #10

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Battles Brewing: 3 CanMNT positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of busy summer of action

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team has a busy summer of games ahead of them, thanks to the combination of World Cup qualifiers and the Gold Cup. In this, we look at 3 positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of those camps.  It’s going to be a busy summer.  Over the next 2 months, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will get set to play … Continue reading Battles Brewing: 3 CanMNT positional battles to keep an eye on ahead of busy summer of action

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The Third Sub Episode 97: Vancouver Whitecaps crawl into break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

In Episode 97 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps after a tough loss to the Houston Dynamo from the weekend. Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps in the aftermath of their … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 97: Vancouver Whitecaps crawl into break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get set to hit reset button during break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after piece looking at all things Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at the ‘Caps latest result, a tough 2-1 loss to the Houston Dynamo. Here’s some of what stood out from that game.  After a strong start, it’s time to head back to the drawing board.  As they get set to take on a month-long break, the Vancouver Whitecaps will … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get set to hit reset button during break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo

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Missed Memo: Vancouver Whitecaps crawl into international break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo extends losing streak to 3 games

The Vancouver Whitecaps fell 2-1 to the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. Here’s our match report from that one.  The rain may have only been drizzling in Houston on Saturday, but for the Vancouver Whitecaps, it may as well have been pouring.  Heading into their last game before a month-long break, having lost 2 games in a row, they were hoping that this clash against the … Continue reading Missed Memo: Vancouver Whitecaps crawl into international break after 2-1 loss to Houston Dynamo extends losing streak to 3 games

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Dynamo Duel: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for a ‘war’ against Houston Dynamo in pivotal MLS Western Conference clash

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Houston Dynamo down in Houston on Saturday. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  One last ride awaits before a short break.  They might be only 6 games into their 34-game MLS season, but the Vancouver Whitecaps are getting set to play their last match for a month on Saturday, when they’ll take on the Houston Dynamo.  Thanks to … Continue reading Dynamo Duel: Vancouver Whitecaps ready for a ‘war’ against Houston Dynamo in pivotal MLS Western Conference clash

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To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3: Analyzing how 15 minutes of play (and some stats) might spell the end of the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-4-2

The ‘Caps have continued to rock with a 4-4-2 to start the 2021 season, to mixed results. Based on 15 minutes of play, and some numbers, that might be set to change, though. Here’s a look at why.  To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3, that is the question.  It might not be as existential as Shakespeare’s original quote, but in a sense, answering this sort … Continue reading To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3: Analyzing how 15 minutes of play (and some stats) might spell the end of the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-4-2

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The Third Sub Episode 96: Vancouver Whitecaps look to bounce back against stingy Houston Dynamo side

In Episode 96 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps ahead of a pivotal ‘Caps clash with the Houston Dynamo this Saturday. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps, as the … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 96: Vancouver Whitecaps look to bounce back against stingy Houston Dynamo side

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AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down ‘Caio Alexandre theory’ and why it’s so important to the Vancouver Whitecaps

In the 2nd installment of AGR’s Analysis, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic dives into some Vancouver Whitecaps game film and breaks down what he dubbed as ‘Caio Alexandre Theory’, explaining why it’s so important for the ‘Caps to buy into that going forward.  He may only have a handful of MLS games under his belt, but he’s quickly impressed in his short time in the league.  Caio Alexandre … Continue reading AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down ‘Caio Alexandre theory’ and why it’s so important to the Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Third Sub Episode 95: Vancouver Whitecaps show shades of 2019 in loss to Sporting Kansas City

In Episode 94 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps after a busy weekend of ‘Caps and MLS action. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps after a busy weekend of MLS action. First, they … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 95: Vancouver Whitecaps show shades of 2019 in loss to Sporting Kansas City

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: A few old problems come back to haunt Vancouver Whitecaps against SKC, but changes are on the horizon

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking at the Vancouver Whitecaps, we reflect on a tough ‘Caps loss to Sporting Kansas City from Sunday. Here’s some of what stood out to us.  It was one heck of a way to be brought back to reality.  Riding the wave of a strong start to the 2021 MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps were brought back down … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: A few old problems come back to haunt Vancouver Whitecaps against SKC, but changes are on the horizon

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Crushed in Kansas: Alan Pulido brace sinks Vancouver Whitecaps in dominant 3-0 Sporting Kansas City win

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on Sporting Kansas City on Sunday in their 6th game of the MLS season, as they’d fall 3-0 to their fellow Western Conference foes, who rode an Alan Pulido brace to victory. Here’s our match report from that one.  Unfortunately, it was a familiar sight for Vancouver soccer fans on Sunday.  Faced off against a Sporting Kansas City side that they’d … Continue reading Crushed in Kansas: Alan Pulido brace sinks Vancouver Whitecaps in dominant 3-0 Sporting Kansas City win

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Sporting Spirit: Vancouver Whitecaps prepared for a bit ‘extra’ from motivated Sporting Kansas City side on Sunday

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Sporting Kansas City in their 6th match of the MLS season on Sunday. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  Against a team that has had their number in recent years, they’ve got a chance to try and return the favour.  Reeling after a midweek loss to Minnesota United, the Vancouver Whitecaps will look to get back to winning ways … Continue reading Sporting Spirit: Vancouver Whitecaps prepared for a bit ‘extra’ from motivated Sporting Kansas City side on Sunday

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The Third Sub Episode 94: Vancouver Whitecaps tumble vs Minnesota United, get set to bounce back against Sporting KC

In episode 94 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps as a busy week for the ‘Caps continues. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps, as a … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 94: Vancouver Whitecaps tumble vs Minnesota United, get set to bounce back against Sporting KC

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps left to ponder missed chances and moral victories after 1-0 loss to Minnesota United

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking at all things Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at the ‘Caps loss to Minnesota United from Wednesday night. Here’s what stood out to us in that one.  For how close they were to making magic happen, the ending had to hurt.  Having fought hard throughout the first 70 minutes, the Vancouver Whitecaps seemed like they were close … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps left to ponder missed chances and moral victories after 1-0 loss to Minnesota United

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Abila’s Airstrike: Ramon Abila’s second-half header sinks Vancouver Whitecaps versus Minnesota United despite bright performance in 1-0 loss

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on Minnesota United on Wednesday at Allianz Field, but fell just short of beating the struggling Loons, who rode a second-half goal to their first win of the season. Here’s our match report from this one.  All things considered, it was a tough pill to swallow.  Away from home, against a struggling Minnesota United team, the Vancouver Whitecaps had every chance … Continue reading Abila’s Airstrike: Ramon Abila’s second-half header sinks Vancouver Whitecaps versus Minnesota United despite bright performance in 1-0 loss

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Loons Looming: Streaking Vancouver Whitecaps expecting ‘difficult’ Minnesota United side despite slow start

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on Minnesota United on Wednesday in their 5th game of the 2021 MLS season. Here’s our preview ahead of that one.  A chance to continue a strong start beckons.  With 7 points from their first 4 games, the Vancouver Whitecaps will head to Minnesota on Wednesday looking to make that 10 from 5 on Wednesday, when they’ll take on Minnesota United … Continue reading Loons Looming: Streaking Vancouver Whitecaps expecting ‘difficult’ Minnesota United side despite slow start

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The Third Sub Episode 93: Vancouver Whitecaps get back to winning ways against CF Montreal, look to continue form against struggling Minnesota United

In episode 93 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps, as a big week for the club continues. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps in the midst of a big … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 93: Vancouver Whitecaps get back to winning ways against CF Montreal, look to continue form against struggling Minnesota United

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show good resolve after slow start in 2-0 win over CF Montreal

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking at the Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at the Whitecaps game that was from over the weekend. For this edition, that was a scrappy 2-0 win over fellow Canadian rivals, CF Montreal.  They did the job that they set out to do.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that the Vancouver Whitecaps were full value for their victory over … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show good resolve after slow start in 2-0 win over CF Montreal

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Montreal Mashing: Second half Cristian Dajome brace paces big 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps win over CF Montreal

The Vancouver Whitecaps picked up a big 2-0 win over CF Montreal on Saturday, thanks to a Cristian Dajome brace. Here’s our match report from that one.  It might not have been a piece of art, but it certainly did the job. If anything, the result was probably more akin to a couple of loose scribbles in crayon on a ripped piece of paper, but … Continue reading Montreal Mashing: Second half Cristian Dajome brace paces big 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps win over CF Montreal

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Montreal Meet-up: Vancouver Whitecaps ‘aware’ of looming CF Montreal threat in all-Canadian matchup

The Vancouver Whitecaps are taking on CF Montreal in week 4 of MLS action. Here’s our match preview ahead of that one.  After a tough week, the show must go on.  The Vancouver Whitecaps might have been disappointed after dropping a 1-0 result to the Colorado Rapids last week, but they’ve had to quickly pick themselves back up and get ready for what lies ahead, … Continue reading Montreal Meet-up: Vancouver Whitecaps ‘aware’ of looming CF Montreal threat in all-Canadian matchup

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The Third Sub Episode 92: Another all-Canadian matchup beckons as CF Montreal travels to Utah to face Vancouver Whitecaps (Ft: Hady Raphael)

In Episode 92 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan are joined by Hady Raphael of Culture Soccer and the Ball is Round Podcast to chat all things CF Montreal ahead of their clash with the Vancouver Whitecaps this Saturday. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 92: Another all-Canadian matchup beckons as CF Montreal travels to Utah to face Vancouver Whitecaps (Ft: Hady Raphael)

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Rose’s Rise: Breaking down how Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past year

31-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps centre back Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past 16 months, despite not really playing the position before then. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that suggest that the ‘Caps might have unearthed a hidden gem at centre back in Rose.  Despite a few injuries to start the season, it has … Continue reading Rose’s Rise: Breaking down how Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past year

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The Third Sub Episode 91: Vancouver Whitecaps hot start cools down with loss to Colorado Rapids

In episode 91 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps after a busy weekend of news. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast, presented by Macey’s Sports! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat about all things Vancouver Whitecaps after a busy weekend of MLS action. … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 91: Vancouver Whitecaps hot start cools down with loss to Colorado Rapids

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get unfortunate reality check against Colorado Rapids as open play woes continue

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking at the Vancouver Whitecaps, we break down their latest game, a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids from Sunday night. Here’s some of what stood out from that match.  It was an unfortunate reality check, that’s for sure.  After a strong start to the 2021 MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps suffered their first loss of the year … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get unfortunate reality check against Colorado Rapids as open play woes continue

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Colorado Cruising: Rapids ride Rubio Rocket to 1-0 result over Vancouver Whitecaps

In their 3rd game of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps fell to the Colorado Rapids 1-0 via a Diego Rubio free-kick, giving them their first loss of the season. Here’s our match report from that one.  It was a tough way to go down.  The Vancouver Whitecaps might not have deserved to have picked up all 3 points against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, … Continue reading Colorado Cruising: Rapids ride Rubio Rocket to 1-0 result over Vancouver Whitecaps

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Been a Minute: Vancouver Whitecaps wary of ‘dangerous’ Colorado Rapids in long-awaited matchup

The Vancouver Whitecaps will take on the Colorado Rapids in MLS action on Sunday. Here’s our preview ahead of that game.  It’s been a while since they met, but they’re ready to renew acquaintances this weekend.  Having been nearly 2 years since they last met in June of 2019, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take on the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, in what will be expected … Continue reading Been a Minute: Vancouver Whitecaps wary of ‘dangerous’ Colorado Rapids in long-awaited matchup

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The Third Sub Episode 90: Vancouver Whitecaps host Colorado Rapids at familiar home for both teams (Ft: Rachel Vigil)

In Episode 90 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan are joined by Rachel Vigil of the Colorado Rapids to chat about this weekend’s big clash between the Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps ahead … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 90: Vancouver Whitecaps host Colorado Rapids at familiar home for both teams (Ft: Rachel Vigil)

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AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down Michael Baldisimo’s ‘growing’ importance to the Vancouver Whitecaps offence

Welcome to the first edition of AGR’s analysis! In this series, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic dives into some game film to help break down some tactical situations that stand out to him from the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Canadian National Teams and more. Today, he dives into Michael Baldisimo’s role in the Vancouver Whitecaps offence through the first two games of the 2021 MLS season.  Ever since he’s … Continue reading AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down Michael Baldisimo’s ‘growing’ importance to the Vancouver Whitecaps offence

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The Quest Continues: Breaking down what the Vancouver Whitecaps Jean Pyerre and Gabriel Pirani rumours mean in team’s hunt for a #10

The Vancouver Whitecaps had a busy weekend on the transfer rumours front, finding themselves linked with a couple of Brazilian #10s. While those rumours are pretty much done and dusted at this stage, that the ‘Caps were even linked in them is good news – and here’s why.  It feels like something big is on the horizon.  No one’s quite yet sure what it is, … Continue reading The Quest Continues: Breaking down what the Vancouver Whitecaps Jean Pyerre and Gabriel Pirani rumours mean in team’s hunt for a #10

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The Third Sub Episode 89: Vancouver Whitecaps exit Orlando with 1 point after entertaining draw against Toronto FC

In Episode 89 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into an entertaining second week of Vancouver Whitecaps action. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to talk all things Vancouver Whitecaps after they drew Toronto FC in their second week of MLS action. First, they … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 89: Vancouver Whitecaps exit Orlando with 1 point after entertaining draw against Toronto FC

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Strong start to 2021 MLS season continues for Vancouver Whitecaps after 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column where we break down all things Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at their 2-2 draw with rivals Toronto FC from Saturday.  They may feel like they dropped 2 points, but that doesn’t mean that picking up 1 wasn’t a bad bit of business, either. On a hot Saturday afternoon in Orlando, the Vancouver Whitecaps picked up a valuable … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Strong start to 2021 MLS season continues for Vancouver Whitecaps after 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

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Spoils Split: Vancouver Whitecaps share the points in entertaining 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on Toronto FC in Orlando on Saturday afternoon, drawing 2-2 with their Canadian rivals in an entertaining game. Here’s our match report after that one, as the ‘Caps picked up their first draw since September of 2019 against Toronto. It certainly wasn’t how they would’ve ‘drawn’ it up beforehand.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, had you asked them before the game if … Continue reading Spoils Split: Vancouver Whitecaps share the points in entertaining 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

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Canada Calling: Vancouver Whitecaps ready to put ‘pride’ on the line in all-Canadian clash versus rivals, Toronto FC

In week 2 of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take on Toronto FC in an all-Canadian matchup. Here’s our preview ahead of that one, as the ‘Caps will look to build off of a strong opening day win over Portland, while TFC will look to avenge a tough loss against fellow rivals CF Montreal.  With a strong start now in the rearview mirror, … Continue reading Canada Calling: Vancouver Whitecaps ready to put ‘pride’ on the line in all-Canadian clash versus rivals, Toronto FC

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Free the Bair: Analyzing why Theo Bair could have a breakout season in 2021 with more minutes

Heading into the start of the 2021 season, the ‘Caps are looking to once again be a team that gives significant minutes to young players. One such young player that is looking to earn a significant chunk of those minutes is forward Theo Bair, who will be looking to have a strong 2021 season, building off of what he’s shown in flashes since making his … Continue reading Free the Bair: Analyzing why Theo Bair could have a breakout season in 2021 with more minutes

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The Third Sub Episode 88: Vancouver Whitecaps get set to play Toronto FC, and analyzing a theoretical MLS/Liga MX Merger (Ft: Mitchell Tierney)

In Episode 88 of the Third Sub, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS in a jam-packed edition of the show. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS in a jam-packed 88th episode. First, Alex and … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 88: Vancouver Whitecaps get set to play Toronto FC, and analyzing a theoretical MLS/Liga MX Merger (Ft: Mitchell Tierney)

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Path Set: Tough Olympic draw sees Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team drawn with hosts Japan, Great Britain and Chile in Group E

On Wednesday, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team found out its group ahead of the Tokyo Summer Olympics later this year, as they were drawn with Japan, Great Britain and Chile in Group E. Here’s our analysis of that draw, as well as some post-draw reaction from Canadian head coach, Bev Priestman, as their preparations for the summer continue in earnest.  The path is now laid … Continue reading Path Set: Tough Olympic draw sees Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team drawn with hosts Japan, Great Britain and Chile in Group E

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Building Blocks: Breaking down Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s new tactical identity under Bev Priestman after April friendlies

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team continued their quest to find a new identity under head coach Bev Priestman earlier this month, as they convened for a pair of UK Friendlies against Wales and England, which they won 3-0 and 2-0, respectively. In this, we look at what stood out tactically for Canada in these games, as well as who stood out individually.  As far as … Continue reading Building Blocks: Breaking down Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team’s new tactical identity under Bev Priestman after April friendlies

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The Third Sub Episode 87: Vancouver Whitecaps open MLS season with big win over Timbers, CanWNT win pair of big UK friendlies

In episode 87 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into the Vancouver Whitecaps season-opening win over the Portland Timbers, as well as some Canadian Women’s National Team, MLS and European Super League talk. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 87: Vancouver Whitecaps open MLS season with big win over Timbers, CanWNT win pair of big UK friendlies

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps continue to build identity in 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

In our return of Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column where we break down storylines surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps, we look back at what stood out in their opening day win over the Portland Timbers to kick off their MLS season on Sunday.  It’d be hard to imagine them drawing up a better start beforehand.  A clutch goal from their DP #9. A big clean … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps continue to build identity in 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

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Timbers Toppled: Vancouver Whitecaps kick off 2021 MLS season with big 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

The Vancouver Whitecaps kicked off their 2021 season on Sunday, as they took on the Portland Timbers at ‘home’. Here’s our match report from that one, as the ‘Caps picked up a timely goal before cruising to a 1-0 win.  It was the dream start.  Facing off against a Portland Timbers team where they were seen as the underdogs, the Vancouver Whitecaps snatched a huge … Continue reading Timbers Toppled: Vancouver Whitecaps kick off 2021 MLS season with big 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

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New Year, New Team: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to build off of ‘competitiveness’ shown in preseason in 2021 MLS season opener versus the Portland Timbers (Preview #1)

The Vancouver Whitecaps kick off their 2021 MLS season on Sunday versus the Portland Timbers. Here’s our match preview ahead of that one.  The big day is finally upon us.  Over 150 days since they last played a competitive game of soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take the field in a competitive setting on Sunday, when they’ll take on their Cascadian rivals, the Portland Timbers, … Continue reading New Year, New Team: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to build off of ‘competitiveness’ shown in preseason in 2021 MLS season opener versus the Portland Timbers (Preview #1)

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The Third Sub Episode 86: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to surprise Portland Timbers in 2021 MLS season opener

In Episode 86 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps ahead of their season opener against the Portland Timbers on Sunday. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Vancouver Whitecaps ahead of their first game of the … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 86: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to surprise Portland Timbers in 2021 MLS season opener

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Predicting the Unpredictable: BTSVancity’s 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS predictions roundtable

As the days quickly dwindle down to the start of the 2021 MLS season, the BTSVancity team (plus a special guest) sit down to do their yearly predictions roundtable, where they try to project the fortunes of both the Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS as a whole.  A new Major League Soccer season is finally upon us.  With it, comes new expectations, as all 27 MLS … Continue reading Predicting the Unpredictable: BTSVancity’s 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS predictions roundtable

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Stoke Surprise: CanWNT continue growth under Bev Priestman with big 2-0 win over England in friendly

In their second game this international window, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team picked up a big 2-0 win over England, giving them their first win over tier-one opposition in 2 years. Here’s what stood out from that game, as Canada relied on some timely goalscoring, along with a defensive masterclass, in order to pick up the win over the 6th-ranked Lionesses.  All it took was … Continue reading Stoke Surprise: CanWNT continue growth under Bev Priestman with big 2-0 win over England in friendly

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The Third Sub Episode 85: An in-depth Vancouver Whitecaps 2021 season preview (Ft: Peter Hicken)

In episode 85 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan kick off season 2 of the show by doing an in-depth preview of the 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps season. To do that, they’re joined by the newest member of their team, Peter Hicken. Welcome to season 2 of the Third Sub Podcast! In this first episode of season 2, Alex and Sam are … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 85: An in-depth Vancouver Whitecaps 2021 season preview (Ft: Peter Hicken)

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Fluid Formation: Analyzing the ‘Vancouver Whitecaps staggered 4-4-2 and how Marc Dos Santos might look to tweak it going forward

With the 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps season just around the corner, we dive into the team’s tactics ahead of first kick, looking at ways that their fluid 4-4-2 might look in game action.  Heading into the start of a new season, they finally appear to have a tactical identity.  After tinkering with several different formations in 2020, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to have settled on a … Continue reading Fluid Formation: Analyzing the ‘Vancouver Whitecaps staggered 4-4-2 and how Marc Dos Santos might look to tweak it going forward

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Twice the Fun: Vancouver Whitecaps beat Chicago Fire 3-2, fall 2-0 to Indy Eleven in preseason doubleheader

The Vancouver Whitecaps closed out their preseason slate with a pair of games versus the Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven on Saturday. Here’s what stood out from that doubleheader, with the Fire game proving to be more of a regular-season tuneup, while the Indy game ended up being more of an audition for a few youngsters. Results aside, it was just good to see them … Continue reading Twice the Fun: Vancouver Whitecaps beat Chicago Fire 3-2, fall 2-0 to Indy Eleven in preseason doubleheader

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Welsh Triple: CanWNT shows flashes of ‘Priestman-ball’ in 3-0 win over Wales in friendly

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team beat Wales by a score of 3-0 on Friday, giving them their 2nd win in 4 games under new head coach Bev Priestman. Here’s what stood out from that match, as Canada overcame a slow first half to find some fireworks in the second.  After a slow start, the floodgates finally opened at the end.  In their 4th game under … Continue reading Welsh Triple: CanWNT shows flashes of ‘Priestman-ball’ in 3-0 win over Wales in friendly

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The Third Sub Episode 84: A Vancouver Whitecaps news roundup ahead of the last week of preseason

In Episode 84 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things Vancouver Whitecaps, catching up on a few weeks worth of ‘Caps news, as the race towards the start of the 2021 MLS season continues. Welcome to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 84: A Vancouver Whitecaps news roundup ahead of the last week of preseason

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Studying the Squad: Evaluating the Vancouver Whitecaps roster ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season

The Vancouver Whitecaps will get their 2021 MLS season underway in less than two weeks, as they’ll take on the Portland Timbers at ‘home’ on April 18th. In this, the second part of our 2021 season preview, we look at the state of their roster at the moment, looking at who stands out among the 28 players the ‘Caps currently have signed to first-team deals … Continue reading Studying the Squad: Evaluating the Vancouver Whitecaps roster ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season

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UK Double: Breaking down 3 CanWNT storylines to keep an eye on in upcoming UK friendlies

Ahead of their pair of friendlies against Wales and England next week, Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team are getting set to take another big step forward under new head coach Bev Priestman. In this, we look at what they should focus on in those two games, as their tune-up for the Olympics continues.  They’re back together and ready to get to work again.  After putting … Continue reading UK Double: Breaking down 3 CanWNT storylines to keep an eye on in upcoming UK friendlies

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Midfield Musings: Have the Vancouver Whitecaps done enough to improve their midfield ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season?

The Vancouver Whitecaps midfield has been a hot topic of discussion in MLS these past few years — mostly for the wrong reasons. In this, we look at the work the ‘Caps have done this past year and a half to try and fix that, and if they’ve done enough to improve their group ahead of the start of the 2021 season.  There’s no doubt … Continue reading Midfield Musings: Have the Vancouver Whitecaps done enough to improve their midfield ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season?

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The Third Sub Episode 83: Analyzing long-term Vancouver Whitecaps youth development plans (Ft: Vanni Sartini)

In Episode 83, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan are joined by Vancouver Whitecaps Director of Methodology, Vanni Sartini, to chat about all things ‘Caps youth development. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by a very special guest, Vancouver Whitecaps Director of Methodology and former assistant coach, Vanni Sartini. … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 83: Analyzing long-term Vancouver Whitecaps youth development plans (Ft: Vanni Sartini)

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The Third Sub Episode 82: Canadian National Team roundup – CanM23 fall just short of glory, CanMNT cruise and CanWNT get set to return

In episode 82 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into a busy week for the Canadian National Team’s, as a busy year for Canadian soccer continues to roll along here. Welcome back to the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Canadian Men’s National Team, as well as … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 82: Canadian National Team roundup – CanM23 fall just short of glory, CanMNT cruise and CanWNT get set to return

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Xs and Os: An in-depth breakdown of the tactical framework and standout individuals from Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s dominant start to World Cup qualifiers

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team wrapped up a successful start to round 1 of World Cup qualifiers this past week, winning both of their games over Bermuda and the Cayman Islands by a combined score of 16-1, setting them up well for the rest of this first round. In this, we dive deeper into the tactics used, as well as break down the play of … Continue reading Xs and Os: An in-depth breakdown of the tactical framework and standout individuals from Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team’s dominant start to World Cup qualifiers

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Last Taste of Home: Caicedo’s hot arrival, academy kids continue to impress, and other Vancouver Whitecaps training notes ahead of Utah departure

The Vancouver Whitecaps began their last week of training in Vancouver on Monday, as they get set to head down to Utah on Friday. In a surprise twist, they also were able to get clearance for the media to attend those last sessions, as well, so here’s some of what stood out from a viewing of Wednesday’s session, in particular.  It’s the last bit of … Continue reading Last Taste of Home: Caicedo’s hot arrival, academy kids continue to impress, and other Vancouver Whitecaps training notes ahead of Utah departure

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Not All Bad: Analyzing what Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U23 team can take away from their performance at Olympic qualifiers

It was a tough CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament for Canada’s Men’s National U23 Team down in Mexico, as they came up short against the hosts in a decisive semi-final. Here’s how despite that negative result, they still have a few positive things to take away from the games they played at this tournament. After a positive start to the tournament, things didn’t end the way … Continue reading Not All Bad: Analyzing what Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U23 team can take away from their performance at Olympic qualifiers

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Double-Digit Dousing: Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team continue strong start to 2022 World Cup qualifiers with record-setting 11-0 win over the Cayman Islands

After seeing their matchup with the Cayman Islands postponed from Sunday to Monday due to a testing mishap, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team took out their frustration on that decision Monday, beating their Island foes by a historic 11-0 scoreline. Here’s what stood out from that game from a Canadian perspective.  Canada wanted goals, and boy, did they get them.  After beating Bermuda 5-1 on … Continue reading Double-Digit Dousing: Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team continue strong start to 2022 World Cup qualifiers with record-setting 11-0 win over the Cayman Islands

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The Dream Dies: CanM23’s fall 2-0 to Mexico in crucial CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament semi-final, extending lengthy Olympic drought

Canada’s Men’s U23 National Team narrowly fell to Mexico on Sunday, eliminating them from Olympic contention, extending their lengthy absence from that competition. Here’s what stood out from that game, as Canada fought hard, but just didn’t have enough to get the win needed to send them to Tokyo.  Ultimately, the dream died right at the final sprint.  With CONCACAF’s giants lying in front of … Continue reading The Dream Dies: CanM23’s fall 2-0 to Mexico in crucial CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament semi-final, extending lengthy Olympic drought

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The Third Sub Episode 81: CanMNT cruises vs Bermuda, get set for Cayman Islands, while CanM23s prepare for Mexico after draw vs Honduras

In Episode 81 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into a busy few days of Canadian Men’s soccer, as both the senior and U23 National Teams played some big games this past week, and get set for another big day of matches on Sunday. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 81: CanMNT cruises vs Bermuda, get set for Cayman Islands, while CanM23s prepare for Mexico after draw vs Honduras

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Stiff Test: CanM23’s ready to throw everything they’ve got at CONCACAF ‘giant’ Mexico in crucial ‘win and you’re in’ semi-final with Olympic spot on the line

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National U23 team will take on Mexico in a crucial semi-final on Sunday, with a spot in the Olympics on the line. Here’s how the mood currently is in the Canadian camp, as they look to make history against a CONCACAF giant. It wasn’t pretty, but they got the first part of the job done.  Heading into this CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying tournament, … Continue reading Stiff Test: CanM23’s ready to throw everything they’ve got at CONCACAF ‘giant’ Mexico in crucial ‘win and you’re in’ semi-final with Olympic spot on the line

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Mixed Bag: CanM23 grinds out 1-1 draw versus Honduras at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, setting up date with tournament favourites Mexico for spot in Tokyo

Canada closed out the group stage of their CONCACAF Olympic qualifying campaign on Thursday, drawing Honduras 1-1 to progress to the semi-finals of that tournament. As a result, they now face tournament favourites Mexico on Sunday, with a spot in Tokyo on the line. Here’s what stood out from this game for Canada, as they did what they needed to do in order to progress, … Continue reading Mixed Bag: CanM23 grinds out 1-1 draw versus Honduras at CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers, setting up date with tournament favourites Mexico for spot in Tokyo

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Mexico Again: Canada finds itself in familiar position after a mixed group stage performance at CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers

Canada’s U23s face a familiar opponent, but is this years team different enough for a better outcome? Continue reading Mexico Again: Canada finds itself in familiar position after a mixed group stage performance at CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers

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Off and Running: CanMNT get off to strong start in World Cup qualifiers thanks to big 5-1 win over Bermuda

After a long wait, Canada’s Men’s National Soccer Team kicked off its road to the 2022 World Cup on Thursday, as they took on Bermuda, dispatching their Group B rivals with a big 5-1 win. Here’s what stood out from that one.  The road is long, so you want to start off smoothly.  Canada’s Men’s National Soccer Team did just that on Thursday, as they … Continue reading Off and Running: CanMNT get off to strong start in World Cup qualifiers thanks to big 5-1 win over Bermuda

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Tactical Tinkering: 3 tactical tweaks for the CanMNT to focus on during their upcoming World Cup qualifiers

Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team will take the field in a competitive setting for the first time in nearly 18 months later this week, as they get set to kick off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign. In this, we look at some tactical tweaks to focus on during these games, as they continue their quest to build their identity at the senior level.  Seeing … Continue reading Tactical Tinkering: 3 tactical tweaks for the CanMNT to focus on during their upcoming World Cup qualifiers

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The Third Sub Episode 80: Looking at all things CanMNT and CanM23 amidst a busy week for Canadian Men’s soccer (Ft: Mitchell Tierney)

In episode 80 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan were joined by Mitchell Tierney of Waking the Red and Darby Magazine to dive into all things Canadian Men’s soccer. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time joined by a very special guest, Mitchell Tierney of Waking … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 80: Looking at all things CanMNT and CanM23 amidst a busy week for Canadian Men’s soccer (Ft: Mitchell Tierney)

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A New Cycle Begins: A Preview of CONCACAF Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup

Footy fans in CONCACAF have been waiting a long time for World Cup qualifiers to commence, but today, the wait is finally over, and when Canada takes to the pitch tomorrow, it will have been precisely 1660 days since they were last in World Cup Qualifying action. This time around, 34 nations from CONCACAF are participating in the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. However, only 3, … Continue reading A New Cycle Begins: A Preview of CONCACAF Qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup

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Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of the start of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March by ‘Surprise Rating’

With Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team back in competitive action for the first time in nearly a year and a half later this month, we break down their latest squad, giving each player called-up a ‘Surprise Rating’.  The road to 2022 begins now.  It wasn’t originally supposed to start like this, but for Canada’s Men’s National Soccer Team, that doesn’t matter, as a golden opportunity … Continue reading Ranking Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team squad ahead of the start of 2022 World Cup qualifiers in March by ‘Surprise Rating’

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Familiar Sight: CanM23 team left frustrated after 0-0 draw with Haiti in 2nd game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers

After a strong start to their CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying campaign last Friday, Canada suffered through a frustrating 0-0 draw with Haiti on Monday, putting them at 4 points after 2 matchdays. Here’s what stood out from that one, as Canada will look to bounce back ahead of their final group stage game versus Honduras on Thursday.  On the back of a strong start to the … Continue reading Familiar Sight: CanM23 team left frustrated after 0-0 draw with Haiti in 2nd game of CONCACAF Olympic Qualifiers

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Transition Plan: Vancouver Whitecaps defender Andy Rose ‘grateful’ for opportunity to juggle playing for the first team, coach U19’s

Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder/defender Andy Rose recently started his duties as assistant coach of the ‘Caps U19 team, while also juggling his responsibilities of playing for the first team. Last week, he spoke about how the adjustment to this new routine has gone so far, as he’s been very thankful to Vancouver for allowing him to embark on this unique journey for an active player.  … Continue reading Transition Plan: Vancouver Whitecaps defender Andy Rose ‘grateful’ for opportunity to juggle playing for the first team, coach U19’s

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The Third Sub Episode 79: Analyzing the CanM23’s strong start to Olympic qualifiers and other CanMNT news

In episode 79 of the Third Sub Podcast, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic and Samuel Rowan dive into all things CanMNT, including a look at the U23’s strong start to Olympic Qualifiers, some news surrounding Canada’s senior team’s squad and more. Welcome back to another episode of the Third Sub Podcast! In this episode, Alex and Sam are back, as usual, this time to chat all things Canadian … Continue reading The Third Sub Episode 79: Analyzing the CanM23’s strong start to Olympic qualifiers and other CanMNT news