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Second ‘Caps thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show glimpses, highlight flaws in loss to Sporting KC

In this first edition of Second ‘Caps thoughts, a day-after column where we break down the Vancouver Whitecaps game from that weekend, we look at what we can take from the ‘Caps opening-day loss to Sporting KC, both positively and negatively.  After riding the high of a successful preseason, it was a sobering gut punch, snapping them right back to reality.  The Vancouver Whitecaps opened … Continue reading Second ‘Caps thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps show glimpses, highlight flaws in loss to Sporting KC

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Guessing Game: 2020 BTSVancity Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS predictions roundtable

In this one, members of the BTS team (and a special guest) do their best to predict the Vancouver and MLS 2020 season, by answering a set of questions on both the ‘Caps and the rest of the league. After a long wait, MLS is finally back, with a busy slate of games on tap this weekend.  As MLS heads into its 25th season, this … Continue reading Guessing Game: 2020 BTSVancity Vancouver Whitecaps and MLS predictions roundtable

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Final Sprint: Vancouver Whitecaps making moves, training hard as they wrap up ‘demanding’ preseason

The Vancouver Whitecaps officially wrap up preseason this week, as they get set to take on Sporting Kansas City on Saturday. They haven’t finished things off quietly, however, with plenty of movement happening on and off the pitch this week. Here is the latest roundup of news around the team, before things get underway, for real, this weekend.  It’s the “back to school” week for … Continue reading Final Sprint: Vancouver Whitecaps making moves, training hard as they wrap up ‘demanding’ preseason

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Press to Impress: An in-depth breakdown of the 2020 Vancouver Whitecaps tactical profile

The Vancouver Whitecaps wrapped up their final portion of the preseason this weekend, as they took on Minnesota United, winning by a score of 2 to 1. Here is what we took away tactically from that one, as we dive into the Xs and Os used by Marc Dos Santos so far this training camp. Philosophical changes were promised, and they appear to have so … Continue reading Press to Impress: An in-depth breakdown of the 2020 Vancouver Whitecaps tactical profile

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Fantastic Fredy: Whitecaps offence keeps rolling as they down high-flying ‘Loons’ with late Montero strike

The Vancouver Whitecaps wrapped up their preseason slate on Saturday, as they downed Minnesota thanks to a late Fredy Montero winner, giving them 3 wins on the preseason. Here is how things went down in Portland.  In many ways, Fredy Montero continues to turn back the clock.  He might not be a teenager anymore, but in a habit he started at the end of 2019, … Continue reading Fantastic Fredy: Whitecaps offence keeps rolling as they down high-flying ‘Loons’ with late Montero strike

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Waves of Attack: Vancouver Whitecaps happy to not only rack up numbers, but attack in them, as well

The Vancouver Whitecaps wrap up their preseason this Saturday, as they’ll take on Minnesota United down in Portland. After scoring in every preseason game so far, they want to continue that trend again Saturday, as they look to keep improving their offensive game. 8 more days.  After an offseason that has spanned into the triple digits, the Vancouver Whitecaps are now only 8 days away … Continue reading Waves of Attack: Vancouver Whitecaps happy to not only rack up numbers, but attack in them, as well

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Hammer and Tongs: Marc Dos Santos continuing to wield ‘hammer’, pounding tactical identity into Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps get their next phases of preseaon underway this weekend, as they head down to Portland to participate in the ‘Rose City Invitational’. Here is what their head coach, Marc Dos Santos, had to say ahead of their departure.  Call him Marc “The Smith” Dos Santos.  He’s spent a good portion of this preseason hammering all of the details into place, as he … Continue reading Hammer and Tongs: Marc Dos Santos continuing to wield ‘hammer’, pounding tactical identity into Vancouver Whitecaps

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Between The Sticks: Revisiting Adjusted Save Percentage and MLS goalkeepers 

After looking at Adjusted Save Percentage back in August, as we looked to see how good Max Crepeau had been for the Whitecaps, we revisit the concept, as MLS teams prepare to make moves this offseason.  Back in August, we took a stab at trying to see how good Maxime Crepeau had been for the Vancouver Whitecaps up to that point in the season, by … Continue reading Between The Sticks: Revisiting Adjusted Save Percentage and MLS goalkeepers 

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Youthful Spring: Some players 24 and under for the Whitecaps to build around in 2020

With the Vancouver Whitecaps looking to improve their squad over the transfer window, we look at 5 players 24 and under that should also help them get better from within, as the journey towards 2020 continues.  As the calendar turns from winter to spring next year, will the Whitecaps see some budding growth? That question could be easily asked of the plants and grass at … Continue reading Youthful Spring: Some players 24 and under for the Whitecaps to build around in 2020

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Tools of the Trade: Some ways the Vancouver Whitecaps may try to improve from within MLS

As the Whitecaps look to build for 2020, we look at some of the ways they may try to improve their team from within MLS, as they get creative on the route to making this side a playoff team next season.  The Vancouver Whitecaps have just begun what is expected to be a relatively busy offseason, with many holes still left yet to be filled … Continue reading Tools of the Trade: Some ways the Vancouver Whitecaps may try to improve from within MLS