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‘Caps Look Back: Breaking down how the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 homegrowns and draftees did in 2020

In the next part of our ‘Caps Look Back, we take a look at how the Vancouver Whitecaps Homegrowns and draftees aged 23 and under fared in 2020, giving an overall grade for how they handled themselves this season.  The ‘next wave’ took a step forward this season.  Ever since Marc Dos Santos was hired as head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps, he’s given a … Continue reading ‘Caps Look Back: Breaking down how the Vancouver Whitecaps U23 homegrowns and draftees did in 2020

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Options Aplenty: Vancouver Whitecaps get ball rolling on 2020 offseason with latest roster announcements

As expected, the Vancouver Whitecaps released some roster news on Monday, as they confirmed the return of 7 players for 2021, along with the release of 2 others, with a few ‘Caps still remaining in negotiations. Here is what we took away from that news, along with some information from Sporting Director Axel Schuster, who spoke to reporters on Monday.  Change is on the horizon.  … Continue reading Options Aplenty: Vancouver Whitecaps get ball rolling on 2020 offseason with latest roster announcements

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“You have to be calm”: Vancouver Whitecaps preach patience in quest to fix offensive woes

The ‘Caps have struggled offensively as of late, as they’ve been shut out in 5 of their last 6 games. Ahead of their next match, against Toronto FC on Saturday, they took the time Tuesday to talk about those woes and how they’ve looked to fix them, as they look to find some magic at BC Place this weekend.  When things go wrong, sometimes you’ve … Continue reading “You have to be calm”: Vancouver Whitecaps preach patience in quest to fix offensive woes

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Canadian Clash: Vancouver Whitecaps fighting for ‘bragging rights’ against TFC in first game of MLS’s phase 1 return (Preview #1)

Phase 1 of the MLS’s return-to-play kicks off this week for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who head to Toronto to play Toronto FC twice, with the first match coming this Tuesday. Here is our preview from that Tuesday match, in which both teams will kick start what is expected to be an exciting Canadian series between Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.  MLS is Back, this time with … Continue reading Canadian Clash: Vancouver Whitecaps fighting for ‘bragging rights’ against TFC in first game of MLS’s phase 1 return (Preview #1)

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Canadian Flavour: Analyzing MLS’s ‘Phase 1’ plan, CSA’s 2020 Canadian Championship format for Vancouver Whitecaps

On Thursday, the MLS announced their ‘Phase 1’ plan for Canadian MLS teams, while Canada Soccer announced its plan for the 2020 Canadian Championship. In this, we look at the details of both announcements, and what this all means for the Vancouver Whitecaps.  There will be MLS games in Canada this season.  After seeing the MLS move down to Florida during the last month for … Continue reading Canadian Flavour: Analyzing MLS’s ‘Phase 1’ plan, CSA’s 2020 Canadian Championship format for Vancouver Whitecaps

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Lessons Learned: Vancouver Whitecaps aiming to stay ‘together’ ahead of derby with Sounders (MiB Preview #2)

The Vancouver Whitecaps take on the Seattle Sounders on Sunday, marking their 2nd game at the MLS is Back tournament. Here is our comprehensive preview ahead of that game.  After a tough loss, sometimes all you want to do is get right back out there, giving yourself a chance to prove that what happened was all just a fluke.  While the Vancouver Whitecaps won’t get … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Vancouver Whitecaps aiming to stay ‘together’ ahead of derby with Sounders (MiB Preview #2)

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Fatigue, midfield struggles big factors for Whitecaps in loss to Earthquakes

In our latest edition of Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking back at the Vancouver Whitecaps game that was, we take a look at what stood out for us in the ‘Caps 4-3 loss to the San Jose Earthquakes to open up their MLS is Back tournament.  At the very least, you can’t fault them for not being entertaining.  Entertainment is probably the last … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Fatigue, midfield struggles big factors for Whitecaps in loss to Earthquakes

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Depth-Tested: Marc Dos Santos stresses value of tactics, work rate for shorthanded Whitecaps

Ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps first game down in Orlando, head coach Marc Dos Santos took the time to speak about his team’s approach to the tournament. Here is what he had to say, as he and the ‘Caps expect to use their energy, tactical discipline and solid (if not a bit thin) roster to their advantage in Group B of MLS is Back.  As … Continue reading Depth-Tested: Marc Dos Santos stresses value of tactics, work rate for shorthanded Whitecaps

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: The MLS is Back bubble might pop. Could the concerns have been avoided?

In this latest edition of Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our column for all things Whitecaps and MLS, we take a look at the impact that rushing things have had on the MLS is Back bubble, the ‘Caps prudent roster decisions for that tournament, and what the CPL could learn from this.  After what has felt like a month of sprinting, the MLS is Back tournament has … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: The MLS is Back bubble might pop. Could the concerns have been avoided?

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Thrift Shopping: A statistical look at some MLS free agents that the Vancouver Whitecaps could sign

With the opening of the MLS Free Agent period this week, we analyze some potential names that the Vancouver Whitecaps could look at, as they aim to acquire some MLS Experience ahead of 2020.  MLS’s Free Agent Period opened earlier this week, giving out of contract players aged 28 and older, with 8+ years of MLS, experience under the belt, a chance to find a … Continue reading Thrift Shopping: A statistical look at some MLS free agents that the Vancouver Whitecaps could sign