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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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