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A Step Forward: Their 10-game MLS unbeaten run might be over, but have the Vancouver Whitecaps actually been playing better as of late?

The Vancouver Whitecaps might have just gotten their 10-game unbeaten run in MLS play snapped this past weekend, when they lost to the Portland Timbers, but in this, we dive into a key question – was that run indicative of the ‘Caps actually improving after a slow start to the season, or was it just luck? After a tough start to the summer, they’ve found … Continue reading A Step Forward: Their 10-game MLS unbeaten run might be over, but have the Vancouver Whitecaps actually been playing better as of late?

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Firing Blanks: Exploring the CanMNT’s recent offensive woes – a worrying trend, or just bad luck?

Despite being known for their strong offence, Canada Soccer’s Men’s National Team has been starved for goals as of late. In this, we dive deeper into the numbers to see if that’s a trend to worry about long-term, or just the case of some plain old bad luck for Les Rouges.  It’s been an interesting trend to monitor as of late.  As we’ve rolled through … Continue reading Firing Blanks: Exploring the CanMNT’s recent offensive woes – a worrying trend, or just bad luck?

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‘I’ll give everything that I’ve got’: Newest Whitecaps DP #10 Ryan Gauld is best known for flashy skills, but work rate makes him perfect match for ‘Caps

The Vancouver Whitecaps made a big splash by signing Scottish attacking midfielder, Ryan Gauld, to a DP contract this past weekend. After training with the ‘Caps for the first time on Monday, the former Farense man was introduced to the media on Tuesday. Here’s what stood out from that availability.  It took a while, but they finally managed to make it happen.  Weeks after reports … Continue reading ‘I’ll give everything that I’ve got’: Newest Whitecaps DP #10 Ryan Gauld is best known for flashy skills, but work rate makes him perfect match for ‘Caps

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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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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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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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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: 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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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