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2019 Match Preview #15: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Dallas FC: Pride of Vancouver

With a whirlwind week finally behind them, the Vancouver Whitecaps head home to take on Western Conferences foes, Dallas FC. Usually a top team in the West, they have fallen a bit off their usual standard this season, toiling firmly midtable in the Western playoff race. This promises to be a good affair, with both …

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Post-Match Review #14 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs New York Red Bulls – Chomping at the Big, Red Apple

After a sleepless night with their flight coming in from Kansas, the red-eyed Caps were unable to take advantage of the Red Bulls in this one, drawing their second match in a row after the thriller over the weekend. Marc Dos Santos came up with a very different lineup for this Wednesday night clash against …

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2019 Match Preview #14: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs New York Red Bulls: From Red Eye to Red Bulls

After a stunning and surprising comeback against Sporting Kansas City, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to get back on track today against the New York Red Bulls, with a pivotal midweek clash leaving them a chance to pick up 3 points as they slowly start to heat up a playoff push. They head into this one …

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Post-Match Review #11 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Portland Timbers : Timbering Portlandia

Coming off of a win in Colorado, Vancouver was back at it with some friday night football against the Portland Timbers. The city of Roses came to Vancouver with their daunting line-up, for a timeless West Coast Cascadia clash. Match: ~1st Half~ Things started off well with a very nicely taken 9th minute Fredy Montero …

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2019 Match Preview #11: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Portland Timbers – Chopping down the Roses

The Whitecaps will be going up against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers FC on Friday night at 7PM, and this match should be an interesting one. We know that Cascadia rivalries always have a certain special flair to them, but this one will be especially interesting for a few reasons. Brian Fernandez Brian Fernandez was brought …

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Post-Game Review#9:Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Philadelphia Union (Draw Snatched From Jaws of Victory

After dropping the ball in what had been a disappointing away performance away to Orlando City, the Vancouver Whitecaps returned home to face the upstart Philadelphia Union in a tense home clash. Chasing that elusive second victory of the season, the Caps started out the match on the front foot, taking the game to the …

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Pacific Purple : Assessing the First Ever Pacific FC game.

Post-Match Review #1 - Pacific FC vs Halifax Wanderers Excitement was in the air as Westhills stadium in Langford was purple for the first ever Pacific FC game on Sunday April 28th. Having the chance to attend the historic event, I got a first hand view of the start of an era for Canadian soccer. …

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Match Preview #1 – Pacific FC vs. HFX Wanderers FC

The first ever match Pacific FC match. Pacific FC begins their journey in the CPL with their very first game taking place this Sunday versus the Halifax Wanderers. The game should be an interesting one as it is a battle of the coasts, with Pacific representing the West and the Wanderers representing Halifax back East. …

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2019 Match Preview #9: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Philadelphia Union: Time to Bounceback

After a disappointing result away to Orlando last week, the Caps look to bounce back as they look to climb back into the Western Conference playoff picture. While the season is but 8 games old, the Caps have left a lot of points on the board to date, so a victory at home would do …

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Post-Game Review #8: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Orlando City (The Lions Feast Again)

After what had been a long 8 days of action, heartbreak, joy and travel, the Vancouver Whitecaps finished off their most brutal stretch of the season to date, taking on Orlando City on the road, a tough matchup considering that they took on league leaders LAFC at home less than 3 days prior. While it …

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Post-Game Review #7: Whitecaps FC vs LAFC (Mauling the Goats)

While it may not have been exactly how they drew things up at the beginning, the Vancouver Whitecaps finally took care of business at BC Place on Wednesday, picking up their first 3 points of the season after a massive result against MLS league leaders LAFC. While many people may have favoured the high-flying LA …

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2019 Match Preview #7 Whitecaps FC vs LAFC: Giant Hunting

The Vancouver Whitecaps continue to look for their first victory of the season, after they dropped a 1-0 lead in the 83rd minute in Chicago on Friday, as they ended up drawing the match 1-1 after leading most of the second half. Despite it being a useful point gained on the road, many fans felt …

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Post-Game Review #6: Whitecaps FC vs Chicago Fire (Winded by Var)

After somehow finding a lead in the 57th minute, the Vancouver Whitecaps were left winded in Chicago as VAR continued its season-long rampage on the Caps with another game defining decision leaving them chasing that elusive first victory of the season. While the Caps were left under siege most of the night, they found a …

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2019 Match Preview #6 Whitecaps FC vs Chicago Fire: Confidence Building Time

After another match that finished with them on the wrong side of the desired scoreline, the Vancouver Whitecaps make their first trip out East, flying to Chicago to take on a longtime MLS side in the Fire, a team that has struggled a lot of late. Despite having World Cup winner Bastian Schweinsteiger, as well …

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Dos Santos, Caps Looking to Improve Decision Making, Maintain Consistency as Schedule Crunch Looms

The Vancouver Whitecaps were back at training this week after a tough loss to Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Co over the weekend. After another frustrating defeat, his team remains upbeat and optimistic as they look to pick up that elusive first victory of the season as they head to Chicago on Friday for another pivotal match. …

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Between The Sticks x What’s Up Whitecaps Partnership

We are pleased to announce that we are partnering with our friends over at What's Up Whitecaps! They are a weekly podcast focused primarily on Whitecaps content, and they have been doing putting out some great shows with some interesting guests. We will be joining some of their episodes, as we will have a roundtable …

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Post-Game Review #5: Whitecaps FC vs LA Galaxy (Lion’s Feast)

On a rainy Friday night at BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps were starstruck as the visiting LA Galaxy continued their strong form and broke the Caps apart in the second half. Vancouver did well the first half, not allowing the Galaxy to pick up a shot on target while creating a few good chances of …

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Ranking the Whitecaps best Victories against LA Galaxy

Tonight, the stars align at BC Place as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and company make their way onto the BC Place turf to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps. When the ball kicks off at approximately 7:08 PST, it will mark the 21st match between the two Western Conference MLS rivals in their time in MLS. The two …

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2019 Match Preview #5 Whitecaps FC vs LA Galaxy: Points in the Bank

After picking up the first point in the Marc Dos Santos era, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue where they left off against the high-flying Seattle Sounders with a big result at home against LA Galaxy. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic appearing to be fit for LA, Vancouver’s defence will have a handful to deal with once …

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Wayback Wednesday: Gershon Koffie to New England

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, where we take a look at past transactions made by the Whitecaps during their MLS era and look at how they have turned out today. We will be hoping to do this on a regular basis, so feel free to comment some suggestions for trades/transfers or tell us how you think …

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Post-Game Review #4 Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC (Keeping our Sheets Clean)

On a sunny Saturday in Vancouver, the Seattle Sounders and Vancouver Whitecaps convened once again for a famed Cascadia Cup clash. The Whitecaps, reeling after 3 straight losses and some poor refereeing decisions that went against them, were determined to get their season up and running against their longtime rivals. They did just that, picking …

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Time for Third-Wheel Caps to Impose Themselves in Cascadia, Canadian Rivalries

With the Seattle Sounders in town tonight for another installation of the Cascadia Cup, the mini-competition contested between Seattle, the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Portland Timbers, the Whitecaps will be looking to take a step towards once again becoming an important cog in the derby, as they try to push the third-wheel reputation away and …

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2019 Match Preview #4 Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders: A Big Task Ahead

After dropping their first three matches of the season, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to bounce back at home against their rivals from down the I-5, as the emerald green and blue Seattle Sounders make their way up for their first Cascadia Clash of the season. Flying-high, Brian Schmetzer’s men come to Vancouver fresh off 3 …

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Wayback Wednesday: Kekuta Manneh for Tony Tchani

Welcome to Wayback Wednesday, where we take a look at past transactions made by the Whitecaps during their MLS era and look at how they have turned out today. We will be hoping to do this on a regular basis, so feel free to comment some suggestions for trades/transfers or tell us how you think …

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Canada Soccer Post Match Review: Task Completed

Under the closed roof of BC Place, the Canadian Men’s National Team continued their romp through CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying, beating French Guyana handily to finish second in the qualifying stage, securing another qualification to the Gold Cup and a spot in the top division of the inaugural Nations League A in September. While the …

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Ballou Tabla: Canada’s Talented and Mysterious Winger Export

One of the biggest commitments that has come under John Herdman’s watch, Ballou Tabla turned heads and made a lot of Canadians happy when he committed to Canada for his national team football. A promising young prospect, he caught the attention of many when he made the move from Montreal Impact to Barcelona “B” at …

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International Match Preview: Canada Soccer vs French Guiana (Big Things Beckon)

After getting through the first 3 matches with relative ease, Canada face their last opponent in this CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup qualifying stage, a plucky French Guiana outfit. Despite taking 9 points from those first three matches, there is still everything to play on this last matchday for as they chase a monumental …

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Rating Canada Soccer’s men National Team’s Squad by “Surprise Rating”

With the Canadian men's national team convening in Vancouver for the last of their 4 Nations League and Gold Cup qualifiers, coach John Herdman has released his list of 23 players that will face French Guiana in that pivotal last match. Despite taking all 9 points from their first 3 matches, racking up an impressive +14 goal differential, this match remains a must-win as there is all to still play for this last matchday.

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Post-Game Review #3 Whitecaps FC vs Houston Dynamo (Houston, we sort of have a problem)

After dropping their second match of the season to fellow conference foes in Real Salt Lake, the Whitecaps continued their whirlwind of a start to the season, flying down to Houston to play in a stadium that had been unfavourable to them over the years, hoping for a repeat of last years victory. Houston, fresh …

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2019 Match Preview #3: Whitecaps FC vs Houston Dynamo: Time to Bounce Back

After an unfortunate refereeing decision tanked their hopes of grabbing their first victory of the season against Real Salt Lake, the Whitecaps hope to bounce back Saturday afternoon against another Western Conference foe in the Houston Dynamo. After falling to fellow Western foes in Minnesota and Real Salt Lake, the Caps take their talents down …

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Post-Game Review #2: Whitecaps FC vs Real Salt Lake (VAR 1-Clean Sheet 0)

After kicking off on a bright sunny day in front of the Vancouver faithful just over a week ago, the Whitecaps made their way down to a snowy Salt Lake City, which cleared itself just in time for a beautiful sunny match day as the teams narrowly avoided a repeat of their famed snow game …

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Whitecaps Continue Wild Offseason for Transfers and Rumours, and We’re Loving it!

Despite the season starting a week ago, and a few teams playing competitive matches since mid-February, the rumours do not go to sleep with the Marc Dos Santos Whitecaps, as a few more names are rumored to be coming in. Much has been made of the offseason so far, where the Caps completely overhauled their …

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2019 Match Preview #2: Whitecaps FC vs Real Salt Lake City: Back on the Road

The result wasn't ideal, but the Whitecaps opened up their 2019 campaign with a well-fought match in front of the faithful at BC place last Saturday, falling to fellow Western conference foes Minnesota United. Despite coming out of the starting blocks flying, their lack of cohesion and chemistry ended up being their undoing, leaving the …

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Post-Game Review #1: Whitecaps FC vs Minnesota United FC (Spoiling the Party)

Here is the first of our many match reviews to come during the season, where we go in-depth on the match that was. After a long offseason, the Whitecaps finally got a chance to get out and play their first match in what promises to be an intriguing 2019 campaign. For fans, it was a …

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2019 Match Preview #1: Whitecaps FC v Minnesota United FC: Ready For Showtime

After what feels like years of wait, rumours, drama, acquisitions and preseason, the Whitecaps will put on their new white and blue kit with the famed hoop on it and walk through the tunnel at BC place, officially announcing the beginning of their 2019 MLS campaign. Adjacent to them will be a team clad in …

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What is the Whitecaps best XI heading into the start of the new season?

With the signings having been all but completed, barring one last addition depending on how they address the Brett Levis injury situation, it appears the Caps are comfortable with their squad heading into the new season. With the preseason now behind them, they look set to kick off the 2019 campaign with a visit from …

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Assessing the Attack Ahead of the 2019 Whitecaps Season

Image credit to: Vancouver Southsiders Duncan Nichol (In this short 3 part series leading up to our predictions for the season, we look at the Caps changes to 3 key phases of the field: Defense, Midfield and Attack. Today, we conclude with a look at the final phase of the pitch, the Attack) After having …

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What to Make of the Midfield Heading Into The Whitecaps 2019 Season?

Image from: Vancouver Whitecaps (whitecapsfc.com) (In this short 3 part series leading up to our predictions for the season, we look at the Caps changes to 3 key phases of the field: Defense, Midfield and Attack. Today, we continue with a look at the Midfield) Often touted as the most important position on a football …

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What defines success for the upcoming season?

As the new season approaches, Whitecaps fans from all over are impatiently awaiting our first home game. It is no shock that last season was disappointing. While of course, there was much to enjoy - Alphonso Davies most notably, it was, nonetheless, a season flocked with problems and uncertainty. Fast forward to today and we …

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Have the Whitecaps done enough to repair their defence this offseason?

(In this short 3 part series leading up to our predictions for the season, we look at the Caps changes to 3 key phases of the field: Defense, Midfield and Attack. Today we begin with a look at the defensive side of things) In an offseason filled with monumental change for the Whitecaps, one of …

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Meet the Between the Sticks Team!

Meet the inaugural members behind the creation of Between The Sticks Vancity! 4 university students, with diverse backgrounds in the world's game, linked together by their love for Whitecaps football. We all come from the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island but have moved to various institutions for our postsecondary schooling. We decided to start up …

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Post Game Review #2: Whitecaps FC vs Iwaki FC (Island Blues…)

Image taken from Vancouver Whitecaps TwitterB Less than 48 hours after dropping the preseason opener against V-Varen Nagasaki FC, the upstart Whitecaps were in action once again in the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Hawaii, taking on another Japanese side in Iwaki FC. Having dropped their match 2-1 against Real Salt Lake, Iwaki were hungry to …

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Post-Game Review #1: Whitecaps FC vs V-Varen Nagasaki (Beginning of an era) 

After months of waiting, the Marc Dos Santos era finally got underway Friday in Hawaii. With big changes being promised to the style of play ever since the dismissal of Carl Robinson late last season, it was the first real chance to see some of these changes first-hand in a live match environment. Despite many …

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Why Bryan Ruiz and Fredy Montero are risks worth taking for the Whitecaps

With reports circulating that the Whitecaps are on the verge of acquiring 33-year-old Bryan Ruiz from Brazilian club Santos FC and reacquiring 31-year-old Fredy Montero from Sporting CP in Portugal, there are lots of questions involved. In an offseason where the average age of the 13 confirmed signings is 24.5, many may be wondering where …

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Post-Match Review #12 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Atlanta United – Champions Prevail

With BC Place’s roof open on a rainy wednesday evening, the Vancouver Whitecaps took on MLS Champions Atlanta United. The match started off looking pretty equal with not many chances, until Lass Bangoura made a clumsy challenge on Josef Martinez, which resulted in last year’s Golden Boot winner perfectly converting a 29th penalty. At this …

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