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Eighty Six Forever Jan 14, 2018
How Much Has the Rest of the West Improved?

How Much Has the Rest of the West Improved?

The Vancouver Whitecaps are being massively outspent! Yeah, but are they though? The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed six signings so far this offseason with a seventh, Efrain Juarez, expected to be officially announced any day. Fans aren’t necessarily on board with the direction Carl Robinson has chosen to take the team in but there seems to be a general agreement that they have made progress towards Robinson’s vision. However what people often go on to say is that the rest of the Western conference has also improved and the ‘Caps are in danger of being left behind. This wisdom...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 12, 2018
5 names for Whitecaps fans to track in the MLS SuperDraft

5 names for Whitecaps fans to track in the MLS SuperDraft

The wackiest event in MLS is nearly upon us. Who should Vancouver be watching? Predicting the MLS SuperDraft is the rough equivalent of reading tea leaves. The event, slated to take place January 17-21, is notorious for unforeseen trades and seemingly random picks. Partly this is because anything MLS must be as complicated as possible but also because NCAA soccer players are difficult to evaluate outside of the elite prospects. With more and more of those players electing to sign Homegrown deals with pro teams (or going to Europe), the draft pool has gradually become less and less deep,...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 11, 2018
Brett Levis vs Marcel de Jong

Brett Levis vs Marcel de Jong

With Jordan Harvey and Sam Adekugbe moving on this offseason, the once ‘stacked’ left back position is down to two. Is that enough? Who will be the go-to guy for Carl Robinson in 2018? Carl Robinson has always stated that he felt it was important to be at least two deep at every position on the field, to create competition and hunger to get into the lineup. This past season he was able to achieve that goal. Where Robbo had the most depth was at left back. While Canadian youngsters Brett Levis and Sam Adekugbe were not part of the squad -Levis due to injury and Adekugbe due to loan-...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 10, 2018
Visions of Three at the Back

Visions of Three at the Back

For years people who have reported on the Vancouver Whitecaps have written pre season articles on the possibility of the ‘Caps going to a back three. It’s never happened but we’ve continued to write them. Now in his first interview of 2018, as if to tease us, Carl Robinson has hinted that he’s looking at a three at the back formation. I spent some time pondering what a three at the back Whitecaps formation would look like and I came up with three possible ways that the Whitecaps could implement it with their current roster. Then as I checked twitter before sitting down to write this...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 8, 2018
Recent Rumor & Transfer News

Recent Rumor & Transfer News

Over the last 48 hours, several Whitecaps-related stories have broke. We quickly summarize them! Since the December 22nd announcement of the acquisition of Canadian center back Doneil Henry, via the MLS Allocation Order, transfer news has been quiet in Vancouver Whitecaps land. While the last 48 hours (or a bit more) have not brought any major news, we do have a flurry of minor news. On January 2nd, Marco Bustos announced that he had been loaned to CA Zacatepec in Mexico. What was most surprising (confusing?) about this move was that we were left to wonder WHERE he was loaned from. On...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 7, 2018
All The Way Up

All The Way Up

MLS recently released it’s schedule. Right away people noticed something wasn’t quite right. Wow. So @WhitecapsFC play Seattle and Portland twice but Seattle and Portland play each other three times. Way to respect the #CascadiaCup you money grubbing pieces of shite. @mls— Chris (@salishsea86) January 4, 2018 So @MLS released the 2018 schedule. Portland will play Seattle three times but Vancouver will only play Timbers/Sounders twice only. Thank you @thesoccerdon and #MLS for NOT respecting the #CascadiaCup. I guess supporters mean nothing to you #RCTID #VWFC #Sounders...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 5, 2018
The Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 Schedule: The Key Matchups

The Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 Schedule: The Key Matchups

We already knew that the Vancouver Whitecaps would begin their 2018 season with their traditional home match against a Canadian opponent. This year, it is the Montreal Impact on March 4th. Yesterday, we learned the rest of their 2018 regular season schedule. With the arrival of LAFC to MLS, the 2018 season will see 23 teams compete, with 12 in the West. That means that we will have an unbalanced schedule. More specifically, that means that the Whitecaps will only play home and away against each of their Cascadia rivals, compared to the other two which will face each other three times. On...
Eighty Six Forever Jan 1, 2018
Welcome To 86Forever 2018

Welcome To 86Forever 2018

With a new year comes new resolutions. Time for us to get those out of the way. A tradition for every new year is to make a bunch of outlandish resolutions that you will keep for a week, attempt to keep for another three weeks, and then forget about all together. However, at 86Forever, things will be different. Why? Because we are here today not to make resolutions for ourselves, but to make resolutions for YOU, the reader. We had an exciting 2017. Our long-time editor Jon moved on and I (AtlantisB) took over the reigns. We hired two new writers (Cwilkins and Andrew Bahl). We saw one of...
Big D Soccer Dec 31, 2017
Report: German Conti linked to FC Dallas

Report: German Conti linked to FC Dallas

But Dallas are not alone in chasing after the defender Last week’s “accidental” photo leak of potential FC Dallas transfer targets continues to pick up steam. Among those players, Colón defender Germán Conti, has been linked to FC Dallas by El Litoral. El Litoral also states that FC Dallas is not alone in the 6’4 Argentinian defender, and that reigning MLS Cup winners, Toronto FC, are also in the hunt. But these two MLS sides are not the only ones chasing after Conti’s signature as it’s also reported that Brazilian side Atlético Mineiro has already made an initial offer,...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 31, 2017
Alessandra Chocano and Yordy Reyna: Everything we Know so far

Alessandra Chocano and Yordy Reyna: Everything we Know so far

By now you’ve probably heard that Vancouver Whitecaps player Yordy Reyna has been questioned by Peruvian authorities in relation to the death of Peruvian Volleyball star Alessandra Chocano (16). We have held off on writing about the incident until this point because thus far it has been a bit difficult to ascertain exactly what was going on. Part of the reason for this is that Peru has a tabloid culture quite similar to that of the U.K. This means that there are a lot of yellow journalism outlets which publish sensationalized stories, especially about celebrities. Imagine if you were a...
Big D Soccer Dec 29, 2017
Hoops Home & Abroad: Atiba Harris moves to Mexico

Hoops Home & Abroad: Atiba Harris moves to Mexico

#GoodGuyAtiba has taken his talents south of the border Welcome to another week of Big D Soccer’s coverage of your favorite players with ties to FC Dallas, the FCD Academy, and the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Atiba lands in Mexico, Rogelio wins Copa MX with his club, Blas Perez starts his own foundation, and Anibal Chala’s time in Quito comes to an end. Europe Weston McKennie (AP - Schalke 04/Bundesliga): No match scheduled this week Next Match: RB Leipzig vs. Schalke 04, Saturday, January 13, 11:30am Shaft Brewer Jr. (AP - RB Leipzig U19): No match scheduled. Next Match: Wolfsburg...
Big D Soccer Dec 29, 2017
Report: FC Dallas in talks to sign Jonatan Maidana

Report: FC Dallas in talks to sign Jonatan Maidana

The River Plate defender could be joining MLS soon. We have a hot rumor before the start of the new year. Talks out of South America are suggesting that River Plate has received a strong bid for defender Jonatan Maidana: Era todo color de rosas hasta que... va a llegar algo muy fuerte de la MLS por Jonatan Maidana en los próximos días.— Mercado River Plate (@mercado_river) December 29, 2017 All indications are that the team involved, is FC Dallas: El nombre de FC Dallas aparece en casi todas las llamadas que hago. Por el momento me indican que Dallas está buscando un defensa...
Big D Soccer Dec 29, 2017
Five Stages of grief for the FC Dallas Fan

Five Stages of grief for the FC Dallas Fan

Offseason is prime season for the tender emotions of FC Dallas fans to surface. That’s okay. We’re in this together, right? When news breaks that Atlanta is offering potentially $14 million for a young, promising attacking midfielder, I get why we FC Dallas fans get a little testy. When other teams go out and make splashes with attack-minded youngsters or veterans from Paraguay or Sweden or wherever, my heart moans a bit too. It’s not that I’m convinced those players are going to work out and fulfill their potential, but it’s the yearning to be in the spotlight, to see my team...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 29, 2017
A look at the Whitecaps roster to date.

A look at the Whitecaps roster to date.

Part way through the season the team has added a number of new players. Let’s look at what is in place and what pieces still need to be found. It is the Holiday Season and ‘Caps fans have been counting their presents under the team roster tree. Santa Garber was generous this year with the promise of $2.8M in discretional TAM. With this money many of us anticipate, with baited breath, some shiny new toys from Robbo Clause. There was a DP spot on our living room floor for a shiny new package, or possibly even the return of the Montero doll we got to play with last year and there are still...
Big D Soccer Dec 28, 2017
Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 28, 2017

Big D Daily: News for Thursday, December 28, 2017

Rumors swirling around MLS as we close out the year. The end of the year is finally upon us here as the cold weather hits most of the country. // MLS // RBNY transfer rumors: Orlando City “finalizing” deal for Sacha Kljestan - Once A MetroIt looks like Kljestan might be going to Orange County, Florida instead of Orange County, California. MLS to Liga MX: How recent moves between leagues have fared | MLSsoccer.comNo one has done as well as Dallas-native Omar Gonzalez. Orlando City Trades for Jose Villarreal, Acquires Left Back Mohamed El-Munir - The Mane LandThe former LA Galaxy...
Big D Soccer Dec 27, 2017
Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Big D Daily: News for Wednesday, December 27, 2017

The holiday week rolls on as we near New Years. We’re at the midway point in our holiday week between Christmas and New Years. There are just a few links to discuss today as we head into the new year. // FC Dallas // FC Dallas accidentally leaks transfer targets - Big D SoccerA tweet with the club’s new international scout reveals some interesting names. // MLS // Stejskal: 10 winter storylines that will define the MLS offseason | MLSsoccer.comYou'll find a FCD item on this list and there are plenty of other good stories to follow this offseason. Reports: Montreal Impact interested in...
Big D Soccer Dec 27, 2017
FC Dallas accidentally leaks transfer targets

FC Dallas accidentally leaks transfer targets

A tweet with the club’s new international scout reveals some interesting names In the wake of last week’s article on scouting in the Dallas Morning News, it has been clear that the club did not take the article well. Assistant Technical Director Luiz Muzzi tweeted out this response: Anyone w a list of “50 promising players” better have 4 or 5 that actually blossomed.. #JustThink #PeopleWithHiddenAgenda #AlDia— Luiz Muzzi (@Luiz_Muzzi) December 24, 2017 Well, now the story gets a little more interesting. FC Dallas’ new Director of International Scouting, Jose "Chuy" Vera...
Big D Soccer Dec 26, 2017
Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Big D Daily: News for Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Only a couple more days until a new calendar rolls over. Now that Christmas is in the books, it is time to wrap up 2017. // FC Dallas // Lack of investment or lack of vision: Why hasn't FC Dallas reached a championship level? | Dallas Morning NewsSo let's talk about this piece for a moment. It came down before Christmas and really called out Fernando Clavijo and company for their lack of scouting and investment in players. To be fair, this kind of thing happens with more clubs in MLS and not just FCD. Plus, just scouting alone is more than having a list of players to look at. Armchair...
Big D Soccer Dec 23, 2017
Report: FC Dallas beings talks with Federico Carrizo

Report: FC Dallas beings talks with Federico Carrizo

The 26-year old Argentine winger could land with FCD. We have one final rumor to talk about before the holidays. Talks out of South America are suggesting that FC Dallas is now beginning talks with 26-year old Argentine winger Federico Carrizo. Una fuente confiable me indica que FC Dallas es uno de los equipos que está interesado en adquirir al mediocampista Federico Carrizo. Sin embargo, no me aseguran que tengan un acuerdo, sólo iniciaron conversaciones #MLS— Niko Moreno (@ELROLONW) December 22, 2017 The winger is currently with Rosario Central in the Argentine First Division....
Eighty Six Forever Dec 23, 2017
Jordan Harvey becomes a member of LAFC.

Jordan Harvey becomes a member of LAFC.

After becoming a free agent at the end of the season, Harvey’s seven year career as a Vancouver Whitecap officially comes to an end. Jordan Harvey has signed with expansion franchise LAFC. He came to the Whitecaps in 2011 half way through their expansion year after joining Philadelphia in their expansion year, and will join LAFC in their expansion season. That’s his thing. Some people wear plaid, some like to hang around backstage at concerts, and Jordan does the MLS expansion franchise thing. Harvey quickly became a mainstay of the Vancouver defence in his 7 years with the team. He...

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