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Rose’s Rise: Breaking down how Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past year

31-year-old Vancouver Whitecaps centre back Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past 16 months, despite not really playing the position before then. Here’s a look at some of the numbers that suggest that the ‘Caps might have unearthed a hidden gem at centre back in Rose.  Despite a few injuries to start the season, it has … Continue reading Rose’s Rise: Breaking down how Andy Rose has quietly been one of the best centre backs in MLS over the past year

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Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get unfortunate reality check against Colorado Rapids as open play woes continue

In Second ‘Caps Thoughts, our day-after column looking at the Vancouver Whitecaps, we break down their latest game, a 1-0 loss to the Colorado Rapids from Sunday night. Here’s some of what stood out from that match.  It was an unfortunate reality check, that’s for sure.  After a strong start to the 2021 MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps suffered their first loss of the year … Continue reading Second ‘Caps Thoughts: Vancouver Whitecaps get unfortunate reality check against Colorado Rapids as open play woes continue

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Colorado Cruising: Rapids ride Rubio Rocket to 1-0 result over Vancouver Whitecaps

In their 3rd game of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps fell to the Colorado Rapids 1-0 via a Diego Rubio free-kick, giving them their first loss of the season. Here’s our match report from that one.  It was a tough way to go down.  The Vancouver Whitecaps might not have deserved to have picked up all 3 points against the Colorado Rapids on Sunday, … Continue reading Colorado Cruising: Rapids ride Rubio Rocket to 1-0 result over Vancouver Whitecaps

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AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down Michael Baldisimo’s ‘growing’ importance to the Vancouver Whitecaps offence

Welcome to the first edition of AGR’s analysis! In this series, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic dives into some game film to help break down some tactical situations that stand out to him from the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Canadian National Teams and more. Today, he dives into Michael Baldisimo’s role in the Vancouver Whitecaps offence through the first two games of the 2021 MLS season.  Ever since he’s … Continue reading AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down Michael Baldisimo’s ‘growing’ importance to the Vancouver Whitecaps offence

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Spoils Split: Vancouver Whitecaps share the points in entertaining 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on Toronto FC in Orlando on Saturday afternoon, drawing 2-2 with their Canadian rivals in an entertaining game. Here’s our match report after that one, as the ‘Caps picked up their first draw since September of 2019 against Toronto. It certainly wasn’t how they would’ve ‘drawn’ it up beforehand.  For the Vancouver Whitecaps, had you asked them before the game if … Continue reading Spoils Split: Vancouver Whitecaps share the points in entertaining 2-2 draw with Toronto FC

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Canada Calling: Vancouver Whitecaps ready to put ‘pride’ on the line in all-Canadian clash versus rivals, Toronto FC

In week 2 of the MLS season, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take on Toronto FC in an all-Canadian matchup. Here’s our preview ahead of that one, as the ‘Caps will look to build off of a strong opening day win over Portland, while TFC will look to avenge a tough loss against fellow rivals CF Montreal.  With a strong start now in the rearview mirror, … Continue reading Canada Calling: Vancouver Whitecaps ready to put ‘pride’ on the line in all-Canadian clash versus rivals, Toronto FC

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Free the Bair: Analyzing why Theo Bair could have a breakout season in 2021 with more minutes

Heading into the start of the 2021 season, the ‘Caps are looking to once again be a team that gives significant minutes to young players. One such young player that is looking to earn a significant chunk of those minutes is forward Theo Bair, who will be looking to have a strong 2021 season, building off of what he’s shown in flashes since making his … Continue reading Free the Bair: Analyzing why Theo Bair could have a breakout season in 2021 with more minutes

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Timbers Toppled: Vancouver Whitecaps kick off 2021 MLS season with big 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

The Vancouver Whitecaps kicked off their 2021 season on Sunday, as they took on the Portland Timbers at ‘home’. Here’s our match report from that one, as the ‘Caps picked up a timely goal before cruising to a 1-0 win.  It was the dream start.  Facing off against a Portland Timbers team where they were seen as the underdogs, the Vancouver Whitecaps snatched a huge … Continue reading Timbers Toppled: Vancouver Whitecaps kick off 2021 MLS season with big 1-0 win over Portland Timbers

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New Year, New Team: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to build off of ‘competitiveness’ shown in preseason in 2021 MLS season opener versus the Portland Timbers (Preview #1)

The Vancouver Whitecaps kick off their 2021 MLS season on Sunday versus the Portland Timbers. Here’s our match preview ahead of that one.  The big day is finally upon us.  Over 150 days since they last played a competitive game of soccer, the Vancouver Whitecaps will take the field in a competitive setting on Sunday, when they’ll take on their Cascadian rivals, the Portland Timbers, … Continue reading New Year, New Team: Vancouver Whitecaps looking to build off of ‘competitiveness’ shown in preseason in 2021 MLS season opener versus the Portland Timbers (Preview #1)

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Fluid Formation: Analyzing the ‘Vancouver Whitecaps staggered 4-4-2 and how Marc Dos Santos might look to tweak it going forward

With the 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps season just around the corner, we dive into the team’s tactics ahead of first kick, looking at ways that their fluid 4-4-2 might look in game action.  Heading into the start of a new season, they finally appear to have a tactical identity.  After tinkering with several different formations in 2020, the Vancouver Whitecaps look to have settled on a … Continue reading Fluid Formation: Analyzing the ‘Vancouver Whitecaps staggered 4-4-2 and how Marc Dos Santos might look to tweak it going forward