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Eighty Six Forever Oct 21, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Season Roundup Part 1: Reflecting on the Season

Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Season Roundup Part 1: Reflecting on the Season

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports We begin our 2019 end of the season roundtable focusing on the season that was. The Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 Major League Soccer season is over, so it is time for the writers here at EightySix Forever to look back, as well as look forward. This is the first in a five-part series where we review the 2019 season, grade Marc Dos Santos Year 1, exame potential player transactions this offseason, project 2020, and make predictions about how next season will start. Today, we start with a look back at 2019. By pretty much every metric, 2019 was a failure...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 17, 2019
Yordy Reyna Will Be Here in 2020?

Yordy Reyna Will Be Here in 2020?

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps have made their first official roster moves for 2020. With the miserable 2019 Major League Soccer season behind them, it is time for the Vancouver Whitecaps, and Marc Dos Santos, to look ahead to 2020. Today, they announced their first official roster moves of the off-season. The club has exercised options on right back Jake Nerwinski, and forwards Yordy Reyna and Tosaint Ricketts. Sam wrote extensively on Ricketts’ new contract, so I will focus on the other two. There are a lot of question marks around Jake Nerwinski and...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 17, 2019
Whitecaps Extend Tosaint Ricketts for 2020

Whitecaps Extend Tosaint Ricketts for 2020

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps have picked up Tossaint Ricketts’ option for the 2020 season. After an eight game “show me” contract to end the 2019 regular season, the Vancouver Whitecaps have picked up Tosaint Ricketts’ option for the 2020 season. In eight games played, the Edmonton native started six times and recorded 1 goal and 2 assists in 482 minutes played. Earlier this week at the National Development Centre, Ricketts spoke with gathered media regarding his new contract: “I’m so excited. This is a place that I felt I wanted to be and my goal...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 15, 2019
Olivier Giroud is (Probably) Not Going to be a Vancouver Whitecap But He Would Be a Great Fit

Olivier Giroud is (Probably) Not Going to be a Vancouver Whitecap But He Would Be a Great Fit

Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports The Internet was thrown into a frenzy recently when Sportsnet’s Dan Riccio reported that the Vancouver Whitecaps had contacted Chelsea to inquire about the services of Olivier Giroud. This has left British people desperately trying to figure out if we speak French in Vancouver and Whitecaps fans mostly unconvinced that there was ever any serious possibility that the move would happen. But let’s put all the aside for a moment and imagine how Giroud would fit in if he was signed. I have been doing just this and have come to the conclusion that he would...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 11, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday October 11

Coffee with the Caps, Friday October 11

Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports O Canada! (except for next Tuesday) Good Friday morning Caps fans. It must be the international break and the upcoming Nations League clashes because Whitecaps Twitter (TM) briefly took a break from arguing about Olivier Giroud to bashing Toronto. Now I’ve been to Toronto. It’s a very nice city, with good food, fantastic arts and a phallic iconic building at its center. But I’ve also been to Vancouver which is, quite frankly, superior in every way. The natural beauty, the Chinese food, the UBC Anthropology Museum—ugh, its all making me want to book...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 10, 2019
Behind the Numbers: A Look Back at the Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 MLS Season

Behind the Numbers: A Look Back at the Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 MLS Season

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Our old series returns (with a slightly different name) for a guest appearance, looking back at the futile Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 MLS season. We look at how the Minutes/Goals/Assists stack up to previous seasons, and to other clubs in 2019. With the 2019 season thankfully behind us, I felt it was time to look a bit closer at the numbers, just to see how bad it was. The Vancouver Whitecaps finished 12/12 in the West and 23/24 in MLS. They were only ahead of expansion club, affectionately (?) known as Whitecaps II due to all the previous players on...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 10, 2019
Second Half Score and Lineup Prediction Contest Roundup

Second Half Score and Lineup Prediction Contest Roundup

The Vancouver Whitecaps 2019 season is over, so that means our ‘Guess the Starting XI and Final Score’ prediction contest has concluded as well. We recap the final standings and the individual stats. Another season has concluded and that means it is time to recap the season. First off, thanks to Tres_Tristes_Tigres, who took over calculating everyone’s scores half way through the season. They were a tremendous help and made this much more manageable. Second, thanks to all of you for participating in the contest. With the poor on-field performance, we had fewer people making...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 9, 2019
With no points left to fight for, what’s next for the Vancouver Whitecaps?

With no points left to fight for, what’s next for the Vancouver Whitecaps?

Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Sunday afternoon at BC Place, the Vancouver Whitecaps were very much an afterthought in the decision day madness that was ensuing in the MLS standings. While teams above them, including their opponents Real Salt Lake, traded blows back and forth for home advantage, the Whitecaps had been reduced to the role of “spoilers” for much of the last two months of the season. If one thing is abundantly clear to everyone in Vancouver, it’s that some major changes are going to be needed if the club wants to find itself preparing for a playoff game...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 8, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps Interested in Olivier Giroud

Vancouver Whitecaps Interested in Olivier Giroud

Witters Sport-USA TODAY Sports SportsNet 650’s Dan Riccio revealed that the Vancouver Whitecaps reached out to French striker Olivier Giroud. While it appears that Giroud rebuffed the Caps courting, it does signify an important step for the club. There have been many who have, rightfully, questioned the direction of the club, and its willingness to spend money. While it might be easy to simply ignore this rumor and continue the narrative of the Whitecaps not spending, it does add to the recent narrative that the club is willing to spend. This is not the first time that the Whitecaps...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 7, 2019
Report Card: Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

Report Card: Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports That’s all folks! The Caps’ season drew to a close Sunday, with a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake marking the final chapter in a largely forgettable season. Some members of the squad are a lock to return, while others are liable to be searching for a new home. How did they fare? Read on to find out: Maxime Crepeau: 6.5 A couple of shaky moments from Crepeau but there were many more stronger ones from the squad MVP. That was especially true in the second half, where he made some big stops to keep the Caps in the match. Was pretty much hung out to dry by...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 6, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps close out 2019 season with 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake

Vancouver Whitecaps close out 2019 season with 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps came into the final match of the 2019 MLS season with little to play for, except spoiler for their opponent Real Salt Lake. The only questions remaining for this season was what could we gleam from the final Starting XI decisions on what might happen next season. One last go.Starting XI pres. by @CapitalDirectCA. #VANvRSL | #DecisionDay pic.twitter.com/LdF0MHYZll— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) October 6, 2019 There were not too many surprises with the final Starting XI of 2019. Despite thoughts of a possible...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 5, 2019
Week 31 Match Preview! Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

Week 31 Match Preview! Whitecaps vs. Real Salt Lake

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports One more match and then we’re finally done with 2019! It’s Decision Day! And what decisions are left to be made for the already eliminated Vancouver Whitecaps (8-15-10)? Why, whether or not they’ll muck up the home playoff match aspirations of visiting Real Salt Lake (15-13-5). Match Information Where: BC Place, Vancouver, BC When: Sunday, October 6th at 1:00 PM PST How: TSN1 (TV); TSN 1040 (Radio); DAZN, MLS Live on ESPN+ (Internet) Real Salt Lake needs more than a draw this weekend to make any noise in the standings: barring an LA Galaxy victory in...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 4, 2019
Know the Enemy: Real Salt Lake

Know the Enemy: Real Salt Lake

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports Ahead of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ final 2019 game against Real Salt Lake we caught up with Lucas Muller of RSL soapbox to find out more about the ‘Caps last opponent. 1. RSL have already clinched a playoff spot. Congratulations. How do you rate the team’s chances to win it all? Real Salt Lake have had an odd season. They’ve done a good job of beating many of the teams they should beat, but have struggled to match many of their western conference rivals in LAFC, the Galaxy, the Timbers, San Jose, etc. It seems unlikely that they actually win MLS Cup...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 4, 2019
Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #34 - Real Salt Lake)

Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #34 - Real Salt Lake)

Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports The final match of the season and we still have titles up for grabs. Time to get your match predictions in for the final time. Welcome to another season of our Vancouver Whitecaps contest “Guess the Starting XI and Final Score”. As is tradition, thanks to former regular Spencer for starting this several years ago. It has grown into a great contest and I am appreciative of him for the original idea. Like last season, we will break the contest up into the three ‘seasons’: first half, second half, and non-MLS. We will continue to have fun monthly...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 3, 2019
On Jasser’s Debut, Canadians Earning Their Place & Trying to Play Spoiler One Last Time

On Jasser’s Debut, Canadians Earning Their Place & Trying to Play Spoiler One Last Time

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports Can the Vancouver Whitecaps end the season on a high note and carry their positive momentum into 2020? Although the playoff ship sailed a long time ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps seem to be finding their form just as the season is coming to a close. On Sunday, the home side will have the opportunity to go out on their best stretch of games all year, and take 10 of 12 available points in their last four matches. While the decree “too little, too late” may be a popular one amongst the Vancouver fan base, for a team that has been focused on 2020 since the...

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