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Eighty Six Forever 5 hours ago
Can Maxime Crépeau be a Starter in MLS?

Can Maxime Crépeau be a Starter in MLS?

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed two new goalkeepers. Across the land people have been wondering what to make of it. Some people are livid that the Whitecaps have signed two keepers who weren’t MLS starters. Some people are cautiously optimistic. I have not been able to weigh in due to being otherwise engaged with exams (did you know that the Russian navy once accidentally severed the main line of communication between France and North Africa whilst on their way to fight the Japanese?) but at last I am free and, like Moses in the old testament, I have come down from the mountain with...
Eighty Six Forever 6 hours ago
Waston Gets His Wish and He is VERY Happy About It!

Waston Gets His Wish and He is VERY Happy About It!

Kendall Waston finally got his wish and was moved away from Vancouver. The Whitecaps received a glutton of GAM and TAM from Cincinnati in the trade. The Vancouver Whitecaps continued their busy offseason by trading away their captain Kendall Waston. Waston had made it clear that he no longer wanted to remain in Vancouver, after issues with the front office, Carl Robinson being fired, and feeling called out by one of the Caps’ supporters groups Southsiders. Many of us expected Waston to be transferred out of Major League Soccer. While that is still a possibility, for now Waston will...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 11, 2018
No News is Good News: Whitecaps Escape Expansion Draft...Sort Of

No News is Good News: Whitecaps Escape Expansion Draft...Sort Of

F Cincinnati selected five players in today’s MLS Expansion Draft. No Whitecaps were taken...at least none that were going to be on the team next season. On Tuesday morning, Major League Soccer held their expansion draft for incoming, former USL club, FC Cincinnati. Heading into the expansion draft, Vancouver had protected Blondell, Hurtado, Felipe, Reyna, Techera, PC, Levis, Nerwinski, Henry, Waston, and MacMath, while Blair, Baldisimo, Colyn, Crepeau (somehow), Melvin, Norman Jr. Andy Rose, and Teibert were automatically protected. The only players left under contract that were...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 10, 2018
Protect Me? Protect Me Not?

Protect Me? Protect Me Not?

Whitecaps reveal protected player list ahead of Tuesday’s MLS Expansion Draft. Ahead of tomorrow’s expansion draft where FC Cincinnati will have the opportunity to select up to five players from the eligible pool, the Vancouver Whitecaps revealed their list of protected players. Taking into account those qualifying as MLS Homegrown players and new additions, the Vancouver Whitecaps have 19 players on their protected list. In addition to the 11 protected players, the ‘Caps also have eight players who are exempt from the Expansion Draft due to their Homegrown status or in the case of...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 9, 2018
MDS Wheelin’ & Dealin’ in First Opportunity: Adds Two Keepers and Defender

MDS Wheelin’ & Dealin’ in First Opportunity: Adds Two Keepers and Defender

The Vancouver Whitecaps were active during the four-hour MLS trade window, making four trades. We recap them and get your thoughts on what’s next for the club. The 2018 Major League Soccer season came to an official close last night in Atlanta, with Atlanta United hoisting the MLS Cup in their second professional season. With the conclusion of the season, MLS has a short, four-hour trade window. Upon being hired, Marc Dos Santos said that the club would be active this off-season, so this was their first opportunity to prove that. A week ago, the Vancouver Whitecaps made the peculiar...
Eighty Six Forever Dec 7, 2018
Coaching Staff Named and Club Called Out by Commish

Coaching Staff Named and Club Called Out by Commish

Coaching Staff Announced It has been several weeks since Marc Dos Santos was named the manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps. On Friday, we learned who his coaching staff was going to be. MDS will be flanked by assistant coaches Vanni Sartini and Phillip Dos Santos, while Youssef Dahha will work with the goalkeepers. It is no surprise that Dos Santos brought in a veteran coaching staff, with the trio having worked across six different countries and being able to communicate in Arabic, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. Sartini has been a US Soccer Pro License coach since...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 26, 2018
Marc Dos Santos on Where Do We Go From Here?

Marc Dos Santos on Where Do We Go From Here?

On a rainy Monday morning, Whitecaps fans were finally treated to some indication about what direction the club is heading as Marc Dos Santos faced the media, and fielded questions following today’s announcements of which player options were picked up, and which were not. It must be winter because the offseason is in full swing in Vancouver, and the media tidbits are coming as fast as the rain is falling. Outside of Vancouver Whitecaps HQ, Marc Dos Santos addressed a small crowd of media, to field questions about where the club is as we head towards the end of November, and alluded to...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 26, 2018
Marc Dos Santos: Option Deadline Interview Transcript

Marc Dos Santos: Option Deadline Interview Transcript

Marc Dos Santos met with the media today to field questions about the Player Option Deadline, and the current state of affairs at this point of the offseason. The full interview has been transcribed here. Marc Dos Santos’ media availability on Monday morning certainly gave some better insight into his vision for the club, where things are no following the Option Deadline, and where things are going. For the full transcript about what’s going on with the Vancouver Whitecaps, from the new manager himself, read on. You picked up the contract of 7 players, you’ve got 17 on the roster now....
Eighty Six Forever Nov 26, 2018
The Vancouver Whitecaps Best Eighteen (Nov 26th 2018)

The Vancouver Whitecaps Best Eighteen (Nov 26th 2018)

Many moons ago, when I was just a wee lad who read Eighty Six Forever as apposed to writing for it, there was a series by Benjamin Massey that looked at what the Whitecaps’ best lineup was on that date and would be updated as major additions were made. As someone who loves speculating endlessly about possible lineups and signings I was naturally all over this. So with the Whitecaps about to go in a bold new direction (at least we hope that’s what they’re doing) I thought now would be the perfect time to bring it back. The rules are simple; I can only use players who are currently...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 26, 2018
Whitecaps Exercise 7 Options and Decline 9

Whitecaps Exercise 7 Options and Decline 9

The Vancouver Whitecaps made their player option decisions for 2019. There were a few expected moves and possibly a few unexpected moves. We break it all down for you. Marc Dos Santos made his first roster moves as head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps this morning, as the club announced which player options they were picking up and which were being declined. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin, defenders Doneil Henry, and Brett Levis, midfielders Nicolas Mezquida, David Norman Jr., and Yordy Reyna, and striker Erik Hurtado had their options picked up. Goalkeepers Stefan Marinovic and Spencer Richey,...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 20, 2018
Post-Season Dissection V: Players

Post-Season Dissection V: Players

We conclude our year-end roundup by asking our writers about the various player decisions that need to occur in the offseason. We conclude our five-part series on the Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 Major League Soccer season by looking at the performances of the players that comprised the squad and looking ahead to the player situation in 2019. Make sure to let us know your answers to these questions in the comments below. Post-Season Dissection I: Preseason Predictions Part IPost Season Dissection II: Preseason Predictions Part IIPost-Season Dissection III: Season Reflections and...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 20, 2018
Welcome to the Marc Dos Santos Era

Welcome to the Marc Dos Santos Era

The anticipated Marc Dos Santos Era has officially begun in Vancouver. We get you up to speed on MDS with what to expect in 2019 from the Whitecaps Vancouver Whitecaps new manager is Marc Dos Santos. Check back here for our updates on what to expect from the coach for the 2019 Major League Soccer season.
Eighty Six Forever Nov 20, 2018
Wrapping Up Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS Season

Wrapping Up Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS Season

We take a look back at the Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 season and look forward to what is to come in 2019 The Vancouver Whitecaps had a disappointing 2018 Major League Soccer season. In this year-end roundup, the writers at 86Forever reflect on our optimistic predictions in the preseason as well as our perceptions of how the season turned out, what will be happening at the management level, and what we can expect with player personnel in 2019.
Eighty Six Forever Nov 18, 2018
What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 4: Forwards

What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 4: Forwards

The three formations i’ve discussed thus far constitute two different ways of setting up strikers. In the 3-5-2 Dos Santos used with the San Francisco Deltas he employed Tommy Heinemann and Kyle Bekker as his two strikers. That is to say a classic target man and a more withdrawn forward who also has some playmaking duties as well as looking to score goals. The 3-3-1-3 and 4-3-3 also utilize a target man but with wide forwards alongside. Make no mistake, the wide forwards are certainly forwards, not wingers (at least not in that traditional sense). They will stay further forward and drift...
Eighty Six Forever Nov 17, 2018
Post-Season Dissection IV: Management

Post-Season Dissection IV: Management

We continue our year-end roundup by asking our writers their thoughts on Carl Robinson, Marc Dos Santos, and Bob Lenarduzzi. With the Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season gone and dusted, we have been taking a look back at the season. In Part I of our year in review, we examined our preseason predictions. In Part II, we didn’t hide from criticism, looking back at our Over/Under predictions. In Part III, we began our season reflection, getting the overall impressions on the season, as well as handing out some awards. Here in Part IV, we look at management, asking questions about the current...

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