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Eighty Six Forever Nov 26, 2020
MLS Cup Conference Semi-Finals Preview

MLS Cup Conference Semi-Finals Preview

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports After a wild opening round, eight teams are getting ready for the Conference Semifinals. Well that was certainly an interesting first round in the MLS Cup Playoffs. From upsets, to multiple penalty shootouts, to strange rules decisions and controversial calls, it had a bit of everything. For Vancouver Whitecaps fans, there were also a couple good news stories. First and foremost, the Whitecaps will be the only Canadian team not to lose an MLS Cup Playoff match in 2020, which you can never take away from them. But more so than that,...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 25, 2020
End of Season Presser Fact Check

End of Season Presser Fact Check

Two statements made by Vancouver Whitecaps’ sporting director Axel Schuster during the end of season press conference drew ire from Whitecaps fans. The first being that the team as currently could make the playoffs next season even if he made no changes whatsoever, and that the team improved significantly in their last 12 games. He also said Vancouver are a team that other teams hate to play against but that one is kind of hard to measure. I think it is worth asking; Are these claims actually true? Both Schuster and Marc Dos Santos emphasized that towards the end of the...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 22, 2020
Team Takeover: Who should stay and who should go for 2021? (Prime Age Squad Players)

Team Takeover: Who should stay and who should go for 2021? (Prime Age Squad Players)

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Once again the boys are back to discuss which Vancouver Whitecaps players should return for 2021. This time we’re looking at three prime age squad players. It was going to be four but then the ‘Caps stole our thunder by announcing they were letting David Milinkovic go. So before we get in to the players I’m going to give a brief overview of Milinkovic’s season because making these charts is a lot of work! Data Courtesy of American Soccer Analysis and Whoscored Milinkovic was mostly a pretty average MLS attacker...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 18, 2020
Team Takeover: Who Should Stay and Who Should go for 2021? (Designated Players Edition)

Team Takeover: Who Should Stay and Who Should go for 2021? (Designated Players Edition)

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports The Eighty Six Forever Team decides which designated (or former) designated players should come back for 2021. The Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2020 season has come to an end. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t still plenty to talk about! In some ways the offseason is the most exciting part of being a Whitecaps fan because anything could happen in the new season. But before we look forward to what new players might come in we are looking back on the season the 2020 squad had. In this first edition of our retrospective we look back on how the...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 13, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 13

Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 13

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports Good Friday morning Caps fans. It’s a case of Friday the 13th but we hope your day (and weekend) is anything but spooky. Thursday marked the (un)official start of the Caps’ offseason, as team personnel met the media for their end-of-year debrief. It also brought with it the first tidbit of roster news: winger David Milinkovic will not be back in Vancouver next season. The news will hardly come as a shock—sometime after the end of the Canadian round robin, David dropped off the face of the earth, only to be confirmed to have an injury before the...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 9, 2020
Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy

Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports A long, bizarre season has come to a close for Vancouver and the team passed its final test of the year with flying colors. This was an easy peasy report card to write given how the Caps blitzed by a checked-out LA Galaxy team and several players seemed to be trying to make a statement ahead of a massive offseason. Read on for the final ratings and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Evan Bush: 8 If this really was a chance for Bush to put himself in the shop window, this match couldn’t have been a better advertisement for the veteran. Had a...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 8, 2020
Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. LA Galaxy

Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. LA Galaxy

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps met the LA Galaxy in a match between two sides so inept that they couldn’t make the playoffs in a year where 66% of the teams made the playoffs. But who’s mode of ineptness would prove the most inept of them all? Would it be L.A’s glitzy and high spending ineptness or would it be Vancouver’s hipster and thrifty ineptness? Vancouver started with their familiar 4-4-2. Leonard Owusu was away doing admin in his native Ghana and Michael Baldisimo was out due to yellow card accumulation. 'Caps capping off a crazy campaign ...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 7, 2020
Guess the Starting XI - Match #20 - LA Galaxy

Guess the Starting XI - Match #20 - LA Galaxy

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports As is routine for every match, we have our regular Vancouver Whitecaps Guess the Starting XI and Final Score contest. Let’s see how good you are at getting into the manager’s head and predicting how the game will turn out. In addition, we will have monthly, fun, bonus prediction categories, such as yellow cards, substitutions, goal scorers, etc. How Scoring is Determined Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE half-an-hour prior to the lineup being officially announced, which means 1.5 hours before kickoff. You receive 1 point for every player...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 6, 2020
Match Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps

Match Preview: Los Angeles Galaxy at Vancouver Whitecaps

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Time to End the Season With a Bang Match Information Teams: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs LA Galaxy Location: Providence Park, Portland, Oregon Date and Time: Nov.8th, 6:30 pm EST, 3:30 pm PST Watching: TSN (in Canada) & MLS Live on ESPN+ (in US) What to expect Ladies and gentlemen, the Vancouver Whitecaps’ grisly 2020 season is 90 minutes away to the epilogue. What began in BC Place in what seems like a lifetime ago is now finding its conclusion in Providence Park, and the question on many people’s minds is probably “What is there to play for.” In this...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 6, 2020
Vancouver Whitecaps ROBBED of Playoff Spot! Are Things Getting Better? NO!

Vancouver Whitecaps ROBBED of Playoff Spot! Are Things Getting Better? NO!

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Following the San Jose Earthquakes victory on Wednesday night, the Vancouver Whitecaps have missed the playoffs for the third season running. I may be alone in this but the whole thing seems awfully unfair to me. Perhaps not unfair by the letter of the law, they did fall short on points per game and they had to have known that change was a possibility, but unfair in a karmic sort of way. The Whitecaps have kept their players safe from Covid, faced one of the most difficult schedules in the league and in the end may be punished for it. If the Whitecaps had...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 3, 2020
Report Card: What’s next for the Whitecaps after a 1-0 loss to the Timbers?

Report Card: What’s next for the Whitecaps after a 1-0 loss to the Timbers?

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports It could be an interesting offseason in Vancouver. Here we are again. Another season is coming to a close, and another long (actually, probably much shorter than normal) offseason lies ahead. In dropping a 1-0 result Sunday evening against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park, the Vancouver Whitecaps are all but officially eliminated from playoff contention. It’s been a wild year for this team with many unprecedented challenges, and it certainly played out much differently than anyone could have expected, with just 22 regular season matches played...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 2, 2020
Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers

Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps at Portland Timbers

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports The Penultimate Chapter After a wild and unpredictable season, the Whitecaps were somehow heading into their last two matches with hopes of reaching the promised land of MLS playoffs, something not seen since 2017’s exit against the Seattle Sounders. With the change of position calculation to points per game, the Whitecaps had to secure wins against Portland and LA in order to sneak their way into an extended November. Unfortunately, they were not able to do so, and it seems that the Whitecaps are all but eliminated. Outside of the recent positive play,...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 31, 2020
Pre Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

Pre Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs Portland Timbers

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps must win their two remaining games and hope that Colorado draws or worse in their three remaining games if they are to hope to make the playoffs. Their opponents, the Portland Timbers, do not need to win this game, as they have already clinched a playoff spot and look like they will finish comfortably in the top 4. The Whitecaps will have to hope that the motivation gap will play to their advantage. The Vancouver Whitecaps are coming off a dour 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders. Marc Dos Santos chose to rest several key players in...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 29, 2020
The Big Picture: Making the Playoffs Would Change Nothing for this Whitecaps Team

The Big Picture: Making the Playoffs Would Change Nothing for this Whitecaps Team

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports The more I’ve sat back and reflected on the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders on Tuesday night, the more I think that it’s a microcosm of this team’s season as a whole. In a way, the Whitecaps have been incredibly difficult to pin down this year: there have been wins which could have easily been losses and losses which could have easily been wins. There were also a lot of matches which could have ended in draws but simply didn’t. In another way though, the evaluation of this team can be much simpler, they simply haven’t been...
Eighty Six Forever Oct 29, 2020
Guess the Starting XI - Match #19 - Portland Timbers

Guess the Starting XI - Match #19 - Portland Timbers

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports As is routine for every match, we have our regular Vancouver Whitecaps Guess the Starting XI and Final Score contest. Let’s see how good you are at getting into the manager’s head and predicting how the game will turn out. In addition, we will have monthly, fun, bonus prediction categories, such as yellow cards, substitutions, goal scorers, etc. How Scoring is Determined Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE half-an-hour prior to the lineup being officially announced, which means 1.5 hours before kickoff. You receive 1 point for every player...

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