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Growth Curve: Vancouver Whitecaps continuing quest to establish tactical ‘trademarks’ against LA Galaxy

Ahead of their clash with the LA Galaxy, the Vancouver Whitecaps have been hard at work this week, as they continue their quest to become a more solid team tactically this season. Against the Galaxy, it won’t be easy, but they appear ready to give it their all. It’s early days, but heading into the 2nd game of the season, they’re still searching for their … Continue reading Growth Curve: Vancouver Whitecaps continuing quest to establish tactical ‘trademarks’ against LA Galaxy

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Get on your Bike(l): Have the Vancouver Whitecaps found their #6 solution in Janio Bikel?

Less than 48 hours before the start of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps made a surprise move, bringing in midfielder/right back Janio Bikel from CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, giving the ‘Caps a boost ahead of their 2020 campaign. In this, we look at what Bikel can bring to the team, by analyzing his style of play, statistical profile and fit with the club.  As … Continue reading Get on your Bike(l): Have the Vancouver Whitecaps found their #6 solution in Janio Bikel?

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Final Sprint: Vancouver Whitecaps making moves, training hard as they wrap up ‘demanding’ preseason

The Vancouver Whitecaps officially wrap up preseason this week, as they get set to take on Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. They haven’t finished things off quietly, however, with plenty of movement happening on and off the pitch this week. Here is the latest roundup of news around the team, before things get underway, for real, this weekend.  It’s the “back to school” week for … Continue reading Final Sprint: Vancouver Whitecaps making moves, training hard as they wrap up ‘demanding’ preseason

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Press to Impress: An in-depth breakdown of the 2020 Vancouver Whitecaps tactical profile

The Vancouver Whitecaps wrapped up their final portion of the preseason this weekend, as they took on Minnesota United, winning by a score of 2 to 1. Here is what we took away tactically from that one, as we dive into the Xs and Os used by Marc Dos Santos so far this training camp. Philosophical changes were promised, and they appear to have so … Continue reading Press to Impress: An in-depth breakdown of the 2020 Vancouver Whitecaps tactical profile

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Reyna’s Redemption: Why Yordy Reyna has the potential to be the Vancouver Whitecaps wild card in 2020

Heading into the start of the 2020 MLS season, we take a deeper look at one of Vancouver’s longest-tenured players, Yordy Reyna, and why he can be a wild card on this Whitecaps team looking to improve offensively.  These past few years, his presence in Vancouver has remained consistent, while his performances have both entertained and frustrated. Many faces have come and gone this offseason … Continue reading Reyna’s Redemption: Why Yordy Reyna has the potential to be the Vancouver Whitecaps wild card in 2020

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Long-Read: Axel Schuster looking to build off Cavallini signing in next steps of Project Whitecaps

After the recent signing of the Vancouver Whitecaps latest DP, striker Lucas Cavallini, we analyze some of the thoughts shared by Sporting Director Axel Schuster during Cavallini’s press conference this week, as he gives us an idea of what the rest of the offseason may look like for Vancouver. It took some time, but Vancouver finally made their much-anticipated big splash this week.  The Vancouver … Continue reading Long-Read: Axel Schuster looking to build off Cavallini signing in next steps of Project Whitecaps

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Door wide-open: Do the recent Vancouver Whitecaps moves suggest a formation shift for 2020?

As it looks less and less likely that Michaell Chirinos returns to Vancouver, we look at why a shift to the 3-5-2 may now be in order for the Whitecaps, especially with Lucas Cavallini coming into the fold.  With another winger supposedly out of the picture, the push away from a 4-3-3 might have just gotten another boost. Reports emerged out of Honduras late Wednesday … Continue reading Door wide-open: Do the recent Vancouver Whitecaps moves suggest a formation shift for 2020?

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Canada vs USA in-depth tactical preview: What to expect from both teams in Orlando

Ahead of Canada vs USA, we break down both team’s tactics, and look forward to some matchups to watch. After a 1st game where tactics proved to play a huge role, there’s a lot to talk about heading into this one, so we’ll look at some of those talking points in this 2 part series.  As the clock continues to tick, preparations are ramping up … Continue reading Canada vs USA in-depth tactical preview: What to expect from both teams in Orlando

Get in formation: Weighing the pros and cons of 4-3-3s and 3-5-2s for the Vancouver Whitecaps 

The Vancouver Whitecaps face some formation questions heading into 2020, so we decided to weigh the pros and cons of their two main options to line up in next season.  Marc Dos Santos has had a few preferred alignments in his first year as a Whitecaps head coach, with the Caps mainly using a 4-3-3 throughout his inaugural campaign in Vancouver. He hasn’t been completely … Continue reading Get in formation: Weighing the pros and cons of 4-3-3s and 3-5-2s for the Vancouver Whitecaps