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Welsh Triple: CanWNT shows flashes of ‘Priestman-ball’ in 3-0 win over Wales in friendly

Canada Soccer’s Women’s National Team beat Wales by a score of 3-0 on Friday, giving them their 2nd win in 4 games under new head coach Bev Priestman. Here’s what stood out from that match, as Canada overcame a slow first half to find some fireworks in the second.  After a slow start, the floodgates finally opened at the end.  In their 4th game under … Continue reading Welsh Triple: CanWNT shows flashes of ‘Priestman-ball’ in 3-0 win over Wales in friendly

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Starting the Tank: After a tough debut MLS season, could Lucas Cavallini be primed for a 2021 breakout?

It was far from the ideal debut season for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ most-expensive signing, Lucas Cavallini, but as we look at in this piece, things weren’t all that bad this year, suggesting a strong 2021 could be on the cards for the Canadian international.  Nearly a year ago, the ‘Caps splashed the cash.  After some not-so-secret negotiations that had supposedly started months earlier, the Vancouver … Continue reading Starting the Tank: After a tough debut MLS season, could Lucas Cavallini be primed for a 2021 breakout?

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MiB Statistical Snapshots: Could Leonard Owusu be an answer to the Vancouver Whitecaps #8 question?

Welcome to our first Vancouver Whitecaps statistical snapshot from the MLS is Back tournament, our series in which we will dive into the stats of some standout performers for the ‘Caps down in Orlando. Up first is Leonard Owusu, the Ghanian midfielder who led the way for Vancouver in midfield all tournament, provoking several questions about his best position going forward.  It was a tough … Continue reading MiB Statistical Snapshots: Could Leonard Owusu be an answer to the Vancouver Whitecaps #8 question?

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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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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?

David Norman Jr trade a curious case of asset management for Whitecaps

The longtime Whitecaps academy product was moved on earlier this week, opening up several questions of asset management and youth development.  The Vancouver Whitecaps made a surprising move earlier this week, moving on from longtime academy product David Norman Jr, cutting ties with the 21-year-old midfielder. What seemed like a good move at first, with Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC originally announcing that Norman … Continue reading David Norman Jr trade a curious case of asset management for Whitecaps

An evaluation of Canada’s Men’s Soccer team’s midfield ahead of a crucial slate of games

Canada has some interesting midfield options. We try and assess some of them.  As of late, Canada’s men’s national team has found themselves with a wealth of options in their midfield, turning it into a point of strength for the squad. Even with the potential retirement of longtime star midfielder and captain Atiba Hutchinson looming large, Canada seems to be well equipped to handle it, … Continue reading An evaluation of Canada’s Men’s Soccer team’s midfield ahead of a crucial slate of games