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Post-Match Review #23– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes: Natural Disaster

While there was no literal earthquake in BC Place on Saturday, there was a lot of rumbling going on amongst fans, as Vancouver continued their dry run of form as of late, falling to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, continuing to compound what has been a tough last month and a half for the …

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2019 Match Preview #23: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes: Avoiding Aftershocks

After another tough performance on Wednesday, as Vancouver was overrun by the New England Revolution on the other side of the continent, the Whitecaps get back to action against the San Jose Earthquakes, a team with a fitting name as the Caps themselves try to avoid another aftershock after the earthquake that was the 6-1 …

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Sweet Sixteen: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting KC

Sweet Sixteen is a selection of shots provided by our very own BTSVancity photographers, who are on the field at most games, providing us with the awesome shots that we use on our articles. This time around, Bryan had the chance to head down to BC Place and take photos at the Whitecaps FC vs …

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Post-Match Review #22– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs New England Revolution: Bou! Came the Lightning

The Caps were scared off by Bou, but this time it was not a ghost but instead a high-priced DP by the name of Gustavo Bou that put them to the sword on a lightning-filled, rainy day in New England. After a tough day of travel on Monday, the Vancouver Whitecaps made it to New …

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(Opinion) CONCACAF gonna CONCACAF: Everything Wrong With the new Qualifying Process

When it comes to FIFA, the governing body of international football, things are never boring. From dealing with corruption charges to ensuring that the many global competitions are well-ran, and everything in between, they always have a lot on their plate when it comes to running the World’s game. Within FIFA, there are many smaller …

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2019 Match Preview #22: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs New England Revolution: Seeds of Revolt

After what can be best described as a rough outing on Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to bounce back in a big way, as they take on the New England Revolution in Foxborough, Massachusetts this coming Wednesday. While it will be no easy task, as it’s a cross-country flight for a midweek match (two deadly …

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Caps Talk – The Fallacy of the 3-5-2: Was the 4-3-3 Better Than we Thought?

The Vancouver Whitecaps have been running with a 3-5-2 formation as of late, joining the list of many modern teams that are embracing the 3 defender formation that was popularized by Antonio Conte’s great Juventus team of the early 2010s. It’s a great formation, as it allows for great flexibility both in attack and in …

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After disappointing start to Fall season, Pacific vow to take it “one game at a time”.

It didn’t go as planned for Pacific FC coach Michael Silberbauer on Sarurday. Neither did it a week before against the Cavalry. But he and his players know that if they are to make a run for the fall season title, it will be by focusing only on what’s directly ahead of them. That happens …

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Post-Match Review #21– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City: Misery Compiler

After a tough last week out for the Vancouver Whitecaps, they made their way home to face Sporting Kansas City in what was a statement game for both sides. The Caps came out on the wrong side of that statement, however, as they fell 3-0 in what was a underwhelming performance from the blue and …

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Game Day: Caps Keep Eye on the Prize Ahead of “Statement Game”

It’s another Vancouver Whitecaps gameday, as the Blue and White are preparing to take on Sporting Kansas City in what can best be described as a “statement game”. With both teams struggling in MLS play, this match provides a good chance for both teams to get 3 points on the board, providing a springboard to …

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2019 Match Preview #21: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City: The Hunt for Goals

After a rough week, where they got waxed down in Los Angeles, before making their way over to Calgary, where they were held to a draw by the Canadian Premier League leaders Cavalry, the Vancouver Whitecaps make a return home to BC Place to face Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. Away for 4 games, they …

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Wayback Wednesday: Pedro Morales Signs in Vancouver

While it is more Throwback Thursday than Wayback Wednesday this week, here is another edition of our column where we take a look back at transactions made by the Vancouver Whitecaps, and thanks to the beauty of hindsight, we get to analyze them. Prior editions can be found here, with a special Canadian edition we …

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Sweet Sixteen: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC

Sweet Sixteen is a selection of shots provided by our very own BTSVancity photographers, who are on the field at most games, providing us with the awesome shots that we use on articles. In this edition, Keveren Guillou gives us sixteen of his finest from two weeks ago against Seattle, where the BTSVancity team had …

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Canadian Championship Post-Match Review #1- Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Cavalry FC: Tight Tussle Doesn’t Tell Much

This wasn’t the prettiest match in Calgary, but it confirms that this tie could go either way, as Cavalry showed they’re not one to be taken lightly. Both sides can be optimistic going into the second leg, as Cavalry holds the advantage considering away goals and the Whitecaps will feel they can take the edge …

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Thoughts and Musings: What did the Gold Cup Teach us About Canada?

Welcome back to Thoughts and Musings, a column in which I take a look at topics surrounding the Vancouver Whitecaps and Canada Soccer. In the first edition, we took a look at Canada’s elimination from the FIFA Women's World Cup, while in the second we took a look at the Ali Adnan signing for Vancouver. …

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2019 Canadian Championship Match Preview #1: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Cavalry FC: A Canadian contest

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Cavalry FC have had very different seasons to date. It is the first season for Marc Dos Santos as head coach of the Whitecaps, who have brought in a whole new set of players in the off-season and have been trying to implement a very different style and identity to the …

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With the Sting of LA behind them, Dos Santos, Canadian Caps Wary of Cavalry FC as They Chase Their Second Voyageurs Cup

This Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps will kick off their 2019 Canadian Championship campaign, as they start things off against Canadian Premier League side Cavalry FC. Having won this competition for the first time ever back in 2015, Vancouver will be hungry to do so again, after having lived through 3 years of heartbreak, including a …

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Post-Match Review #20– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs LAFC: Drubbing at the “Banc”

Coming off a tough loss in Seattle last week, the Vancouver Whitecaps were looking to bounce back against league leaders LAFC in this one, as they made the trek down to the feared Banc of California stadium. Having won in the earlier meeting between these two teams, there was some confidence that they could do …

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Thoughts and Musings: Adnan Signs, What Should be Next for the Caps?

Welcome back to Thoughts and Musings, a column where I ponder the happenings in Whitecaps and Canadian Soccer lore. Our first edition (check that out here) was well-received, so we’ll continue to do it as long as there is stuff to talk about in Whitecaps Land or in the Canada Soccer World. In today’s edition, …

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2019 Match Preview #20: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs LAFC: Revenge of the Goats?

After a heartbreaking result down in Seattle last Saturday spoiled their six game unbeaten run, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to bounce back on the road, as they fly down to LA to take on league leaders LAFC. It promises to be an entertaining rematch between two sides that duked things out back in mid-April, when …

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Wayback Wednesday: Octavio Rivero Comes to Vancouver

When Pedro Morales stood over the ball in the 96th minute of the 2015 clash between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Orlando City SC, there was excitement amongst supporters, as it was a great chance to provide a deadly final action in a 0-0 game. With Vancouver being known as a solid set-piece team under coach …

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Thoughts and Musings: Looking Back at Canada’s Elimination (and What Needs to Change)

It’s been over a week now, yet it’s still tough to process the fact that Canada was knocked out of the Women’s World Cup in only the round of 16. Despite their high FIFA ranking coming into the tournament  , they were unable to live up to the lofty expectations put on both by themselves and …

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Vancouver Comes up Short Against Seattle as Questions of Rotation, Breaks and Depth Loom Large

Vancouver played it’s third league game in a week Saturday, taking on the Seattle Sounders in another installment of the Cascadia Cup. The Whitecaps came back from their three week international break last Saturday in a wild affair against Colorado at home. They then left for Texas where another 2-2 finish was in the cards, …

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Post-Match Review #19– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC: Slip-up in Seattle

After coming off an eventful week of football, the Vancouver Whitecaps capped things off with a visit with their longtime rivals, the Seattle Sounders. With many Vancouver fans and media alike making the trip down to catch the match, there was a strong Vancouver flavour in the stadium for this one. But, for as much …

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2019 Match Preview #19: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Seattle Sounders FC: Super Soccer Saturday in Seattle

After picking up 1 point in a dramatic finish down in Dallas, the Vancouver Whitecaps are set to take on their rivals, the Seattle Sounders, in another installment of the Cascadia Cup. After splitting the points in a surprisingly entertaining 0-0 draw back at BC Place in March, these two teams are set to do …

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Post-Match Review #18– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs FC Dallas: Comeback in the Lone Star State

While it may not have been exactly how they would have drawn things up, the Vancouver Whitecaps continued their strong run of form on Wednesday, as they drew a Dallas FC side fresh off a commanding 3-0 win a few days prior. Despite picking up 1 crucial road point down in Frisco, the Caps will …

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2019 Match Preview #18: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs FC Dallas: Rodeo at Toyota Stadium

While they ultimately ended up dropping two points in an entertaining match against the Colorado Rapids last Saturday, the Vancouver Whitecaps continue their return from the international break as they kick off a lengthy road trip with a visit to Dallas this Wednesday. While they may head into this one feeling slightly disappointed due to …

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With a Historic Offensive Output in the Group Stage now in the Rearview Mirror, Canada Looks to Take Down Haiti as the Quest for Their Second Gold Cup Continues

All things considered, Canada can be very happy about their performance to date during this CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019. Having scored 12 goals, only conceding 3, the only blemish on their record came on the second matchday, where they fell to CONCACAF giants, Mexico. While that result certainly left a bad taste in the mouths …

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After a Stiff Start at the WWC, Canada Looks to Find Some Goals Against Sweden in the Round of 16

While it started as a promising run for Canada at the Women’s World Cup, with 2 clean sheets in their first two matches, things did not end as hoped as Canada ended up finishing second in their group, falling 2-1 to the Netherlands on the last matchday. While this result still ensures them of qualification …

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Post-Match Review #17– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Colorado Rapids FC: Kicking off the Summer With a Bang

After a lengthy absence from MLS play, the Caps returned to action against the Colorado Rapids at BC Place. After the Caps took 3 points in their first matchup back in May, the Rapids were more fortunate this time around, as the teams split the points in what proved to be a rather entertaining match …

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2019 Match Preview #17: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Colorado Rapids: Old Friends Return

After a 3 week break as many international tournaments around the world kicked off, the Vancouver Whitecaps are back in action tomorrow as they will face the Colorado Rapids at BC Place. After going into the break in great form, picking up points in 7 of their last 8 matches, they will look to continue …

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Zachary Brault-Guillard: The Humble Lyon Product With the Heart of a Lion

Back in March, when Canada Soccer was in Vancouver for the week leading up to their crucial Nations League qualifier against French Guiana, we had the chance to interview a couple of players, including young starlets Jonathan David and Ballou Tabla (Check out our piece on Tabla here.). The third player we got to interview …

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Mexico Clash First Real Assessment of Herdman’s men

John Herdman knows that the result against Mexico on Wednesday won’t define his success. He’s building towards something much greater than this Gold Cup. However, some of the fruits of their labour have already arrived, and it is the first time, for many of them, that we will see how they shape up against an …

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BTSVancity Gold Cup Predictions

The Gold Cup is North America’s crowning tournament, held every 2 years. While it does not hold the same prestige as Copa America or the European Championship, it is starting to become a special tournament in its own right. In the leadup to the beginning of what promises to be an exciting edition, BTSVancity writers …

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Rovers 1 Lane 1 – Not the Friday Fiesta Foreseen

The TSS Rovers were once again unable to make the most of an opportunity at home, drawing 1-1 with the visiting Lane United FC from Eugene. TSS now enters the half-way point of the season with 2 wins, 2 ties and 3 losses, for a total of 8 points. The Rovers started the year with …

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How Canada Should Look to Maximize Their Talent This Gold Cup

After what has felt like an eternity spent waiting, the 2019 edition of the Gold Cup is finally about to kick off. For the 15th time in history, CONCACAF’s finest will battle it out, with one team being left standing, champions of North and Central America. For Canada, they are aiming to be that team …

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Everything to Know About the 2019 Gold Cup

Very soon Canada will get the ball rolling in Pasadena to kick-off the 2019 Gold Cup. To get you ready for the tournament, we’ve put together a guide which should answer any format questions one may have. We will also cover Canada’s path to this point as well as an overview of all participating countries. …

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Rovers 0 Highlanders 1 – Cracking under the pressure of the Juan de Fuca plate

Victory Shumbusho stepped up to the spot on Friday night knowing that his penalty would most likely determine what had been a hard-fought derby match between two spirited teams. With the result of the game likely hinging on the result of his spot kick, he took a well-placed shot that found the upper right corner …

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BTSVancity Women’s World Cup Primer

After an entertaining start to the Women’s World Cup, with upsets, great goals and good crowds, Canada get their chance to join the proceedings, today in Montpellier. They take on Cameroon in what promises to be an intriguing matchup, as Canada looks to set off on a path to bring home their first major international …

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Wayback Wednesday: Scott Arfield Commits to Canada

Wayback Wednesday is a series where we take a look at past transactions for the Vancouver Whitecaps, taking a look at how the move worked out for both sides and the impact it had in the immediate future. With the MLS currently on a break for international play, in this edition we will take a …

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Despite Strong Squad and High Ranking, Canada Looking to Shed Underdog Label in 2019 Women’s World Cup.

Despite having a strong squad and high FIFA ranking, Canada’s Women’s National team has a lot to prove this World Cup, as they look to live up to their high expectations for this tournament, chasing their first ever finals appearence in a major women's tournament, despite being one of the top women's soccer teams for …

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Rating Canada’s Gold Cup Squad by “Surprise Rating”

With North America’s biggest and most important soccer tournament right around the corner, one-time champions Canada are preparing to face Martinique, Mexico and Cuba in their group as they attempt to lift the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy for the first time in 19 years. This is a crucial tournament for Canada, as they have assembled …

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Post-Match Review #16– Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC: Snooze Fest From the 6ix

After a strong performance in the week prior against Dallas, the Vancouver Whitecaps took a step back in this one as they drew with Toronto in one of the most forgettable matches of the 2019 season to date. With Toronto coming into the game only having picked up 1 point in their last 5 matches, …

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2019 Match Preview #16: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC: Battle of the North

After a key victory last week over Dallas, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to continue their strong run of form as they take on cross-country rivals Toronto FC in a big clash at BC Place. With points in 6 of their last 7 matches, and 7 of the last 9, the Caps come into this one …

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Wayback Wednesday: Steven Beitashour to Toronto FC

After a short break, we are back with another installment of Wayback Wednesday! In this series, we take a look at transactions done by the Vancouver Whitecaps, be it trades, signings or transfers, and what has changed since. In this piece, we take a look at when the ‘Caps traded Steven Beitashour to Toronto. Back …

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Time for ‘Caps to Buck Away Trend as Stern Tests Loom

In MLS, teams often live or die by their records on the road, due to the strength of most teams around the league at home. While there are some historically porous teams that can buck that trend, any team in the thick of the playoff race can be usually expected to provide a tough challenge …

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Post-Match Review #15 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Dallas FC: Proud Home Cooking

While the game did not end exactly as the Vancouver Whitecaps had expected, they continued their decent form of late, picking up their 4th victory of the season as they downed Dallas FC at BC Place Saturday night. They have slowly worked their way back into playoff contention of late, with points in 6 of …

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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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