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Nice Surprise: Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown quietly emerging as valuable full back options for Vancouver Whitecaps

Despite being further down the depth chart heading into the start of the 2021 MLS season, full backs Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown have emerged as valuable options for the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2021. Here’s how.  After some early concerns, it has quickly become a position of strength for the Vancouver Whitecaps this season.  Heading into the start of the 2021 MLS season, no one … Continue reading Nice Surprise: Cristian Gutierrez and Javain Brown quietly emerging as valuable full back options for Vancouver Whitecaps

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Price is ‘White’: Breaking down the Vancouver Whitecaps surprising trade for striker Brian White from the New York Red Bulls

The Vancouver Whitecaps were wheeling and dealing on Wednesday, as they acquired forward Brian White from the New York Red Bulls for $400 000 in GAM. In this, we dive deeper into the move, seeing why it’s a curious one for this ‘Caps team.  An acquisition was on the horizon, and now, it is finally here.  It wasn’t necessarily the transaction most people were expecting … Continue reading Price is ‘White’: Breaking down the Vancouver Whitecaps surprising trade for striker Brian White from the New York Red Bulls

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To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3: Analyzing how 15 minutes of play (and some stats) might spell the end of the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-4-2

The ‘Caps have continued to rock with a 4-4-2 to start the 2021 season, to mixed results. Based on 15 minutes of play, and some numbers, that might be set to change, though. Here’s a look at why.  To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3, that is the question.  It might not be as existential as Shakespeare’s original quote, but in a sense, answering this sort … Continue reading To 4-3-3 or not to 4-3-3: Analyzing how 15 minutes of play (and some stats) might spell the end of the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-4-2

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AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down ‘Caio Alexandre theory’ and why it’s so important to the Vancouver Whitecaps

In the 2nd installment of AGR’s Analysis, Alexandre Gangue-Ruzic dives into some Vancouver Whitecaps game film and breaks down what he dubbed as ‘Caio Alexandre Theory’, explaining why it’s so important for the ‘Caps to buy into that going forward.  He may only have a handful of MLS games under his belt, but he’s quickly impressed in his short time in the league.  Caio Alexandre … Continue reading AGR’s Analysis: Breaking down ‘Caio Alexandre theory’ and why it’s so important to the Vancouver Whitecaps

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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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Midfield Musings: Have the Vancouver Whitecaps done enough to improve their midfield ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season?

The Vancouver Whitecaps midfield has been a hot topic of discussion in MLS these past few years — mostly for the wrong reasons. In this, we look at the work the ‘Caps have done this past year and a half to try and fix that, and if they’ve done enough to improve their group ahead of the start of the 2021 season.  There’s no doubt … Continue reading Midfield Musings: Have the Vancouver Whitecaps done enough to improve their midfield ahead of the start of the 2021 MLS season?

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Finding Robin: Analyzing the race between Derek Cornelius and Ranko Veselinovic to be the Vancouver Whitecaps #2 centre back

While Erik Godoy is a no-doubt, everyday starter for the Vancouver Whitecaps at centre back, the ‘Caps have some hard decisions to make when deciding who to play beside him. The 2 favourites right now appear to be Ranko Veselinovic and Derek Cornelius, a pair of U23 defenders who’ve put in some good shifts this season. In this, we try to compare the two, seeing … Continue reading Finding Robin: Analyzing the race between Derek Cornelius and Ranko Veselinovic to be the Vancouver Whitecaps #2 centre back

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Trouble in Toronto: Piatti brace sinks Vancouver Whitecaps in tough 3-0 loss against Toronto FC to restart MLS play

After a short break, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC resumed their respective MLS season’s on Tuesday, as they took each other on in a big game at BMO Field, in which Toronto eventually cruised to a 3-0 victory. Here is our match report from that one.  It almost looked like they’d never left Orlando.  Maybe not in a physical sense, as the Vancouver Whitecaps … Continue reading Trouble in Toronto: Piatti brace sinks Vancouver Whitecaps in tough 3-0 loss against Toronto FC to restart MLS play

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Lightning in a Bottle: Vancouver Whitecaps ride electric last 30 minutes vs Fire to MLS is Back Round of 16

The Vancouver Whitecaps took on the Chicago Fire in a pivotal MLS is Back Group B matchup on Thursday, eventually winning by a score of 2-0. Here is our recap from what was an intriguing match, for a multitude of reasons. Even after the storm cleared, the Vancouver Whitecaps made sure to bring the thunder.  In one of the most surprising moments of the MLS … Continue reading Lightning in a Bottle: Vancouver Whitecaps ride electric last 30 minutes vs Fire to MLS is Back Round of 16