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Congestion Conundrum: Looking at the potential impact of CanMNT’s busy World Cup qualifying schedule

While there is no doubt that CONCACAF’s new World Cup qualifying format is good for Canada’s Men’s National Team, it has also created an interesting slate of questions concerning potential fixture congestion and fatigue woes. In this piece, we look at how that may impact the next year or so worth of games for the CanMNT, who may have to rely on the help of … Continue reading Congestion Conundrum: Looking at the potential impact of CanMNT’s busy World Cup qualifying schedule

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show fight, resilience despite tough PK loss to SKC

In this edition of ‘Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column about the Vancouver Whitecaps, we take a look back at their heartbreaking loss to Sporting Kansas City via penalty kicks on Sunday. It wasn’t the way the ‘Caps would’ve liked to go out, but they learned several valuable lessons this tournament, showing some good growth over the 4 games that they played down in Orlando.  … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show fight, resilience despite tough PK loss to SKC

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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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Theo Bair: Young Vancouver Whitecaps forward showing poise, maturity beyond his years as a pro

During the 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps MLS season, there were not a lot of bright spots. One player that stood out, however, was youngster Theo Bair, who quickly established himself as a key piece in the ‘Caps puzzle. In a recent interview with BTS, he shared his journey to where he is now, his goals, the importance of using his platform and more. So without further … Continue reading Theo Bair: Young Vancouver Whitecaps forward showing poise, maturity beyond his years as a pro

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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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Rouges Reflections: CanMNT players ramping up for busy summer of play, movement abroad

All over the world, football has begun its return, starting with South Korea and Germany, with Portugal set to soon join them. Luckily for Canadian Soccer fans, that will put a lot of Canadian content on display, something that won’t change anytime soon, especially with the flood of players set to join those who are already there. After a lengthy hiatus, football is starting to … Continue reading Rouges Reflections: CanMNT players ramping up for busy summer of play, movement abroad

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Designating the Best: Ranking the top 5 DPs in the Vancouver Whitecaps’s short MLS history

Over their time in MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps have had 15 Designated Players, to mixed results. In this, we take the best and put them in a top 5, ranked by the impact and production that they provided the club.  As time has gone on, the term ‘Designated Player’ has become nearly synonymous with MLS, etching itself as the holy grail of the league’s confusing … Continue reading Designating the Best: Ranking the top 5 DPs in the Vancouver Whitecaps’s short MLS history

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CanMNT Road to 2022: Analyzing the Canadian attack ahead of World Cup qualifiers

Once these unprecedented times are behind us, CONCACAF World Cup qualifying will get underway, in some form or another. In this series, we look at who Canada’s best options at each position will be heading into those matches, as they try to get back to the World Cup for the first time in 30 years. Here is part 3, where we move up the pitch … Continue reading CanMNT Road to 2022: Analyzing the Canadian attack ahead of World Cup qualifiers