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Eighty Six Forever 3 hours ago
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps at SJ Earthquakes

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps at SJ Earthquakes

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports Can the Whitecaps ride their momentum and exact revenge in San Jose? For the first time in a long time, the Vancouver Whitecaps feel like their riding some momentum as they travel down the coast to take on Chris Wondolowski and the San Jose Earthquakes this Saturday night. With points in three of their last four, the Whitecaps are actually the “hotter” of the two teams, as after being trounced midweek by league leading LAFC, the Earthquakes find themselves on a three game losing streak and winless in their last four. For a team that went on an 11-3-4 run...
Eighty Six Forever 11 hours ago
Hot Takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps

Hot Takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports I have some takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps! What else is new? All of them are somewhat controversial and none of them had quite enough meat to be an article by themselves. So here are my three most scorchingly hot Whitecaps takes. In-Beom Hwang being deployed as a #6 makes Jon Erice Obsolete The ‘Caps have found some form using a Christmas tree formation with Hwang at the base. I am skeptical that the Christmas tree is the cause of the change in fortunes but I am all in on Hwang as the #6. Here’s how Hwang and Erice compare with the MLS averages...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 22, 2019
Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #28) - SJ Earthquakes

Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #28) - SJ Earthquakes

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports 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 ‘bonus’ prediction categories, with some being based on whatever it topical at the time. Last season we had things like “Robbo...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 19, 2019
Looking Back on the Weekend: Charter Flights, MLS Officiating & the Profile of a “Sporting Director”

Looking Back on the Weekend: Charter Flights, MLS Officiating & the Profile of a “Sporting Director”

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports We take a look at Rooney’s post-match comments, as well as what an ideal “Sporting Director” candidate might look like. Not only did Saturday night at BC Place bring the Vancouver Whitecaps their first home win since May 25, but the post-match discussion also produced a number of interesting, and oft recurring, storylines in MLS. No matter how we feel about it, figures like David Beckham, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney inevitably hog the majority of the spotlight when they come to town - and for what it’s worth, I thought that the crowd...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 19, 2019
Questions for Bob Lenarduzzi and Marc Dos Santos on TSN 1040’s Presidents Week.

Questions for Bob Lenarduzzi and Marc Dos Santos on TSN 1040’s Presidents Week.

Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports It’s presidents week on TSN 1040. Every day of the week one of the presidents of the Vancouver sports teams will make an appearance to be grilled by Matt Sekeres and Blake Price. Bob Lenarduzzi and Marc Dos Santos are set to appear on Wednesday the 21st. Last year there were fears that because TSN was the broadcast rights holder for the Whitecaps that the interview with Bob Lenarduzzi would be full of softball questions, but honestly I thought Matt and Blake did a pretty good job. The interview ended up being quite illuminating. But alas when Lenarduzzi and...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 19, 2019
Report Card: Whitecaps vs D.C. United

Report Card: Whitecaps vs D.C. United

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports This took a little longer to get out than I would have liked, and in no was the delay a direct result of enthusiastically enjoying a solid 1-0 Vancouver Whitecaps victory over a visiting D.C. United side Saturday night. Well, maybe a little. I mean, how often have we won at home this season? It sure as hell felt like a reason to celebrate! Nevertheless, it was a quality win for the ‘Caps against a foe who’s most likely going to make the playoffs and has been generally decent on the road this year. Even if the shot and possession stats were...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 18, 2019
Extra! Extra! ‘Caps Pull Out the Win at Home!

Extra! Extra! ‘Caps Pull Out the Win at Home!

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps pulled off a 1-0 home win, their first in over 6 weeks at home to DC United on Saturday night. On a day that would be the last time that Wayne Rooney visit Vancouver as a player in MLS, the Vancouver Whitecaps overcame D.C. United to win their first game at BC Place since May 25. Marc Dos Santos fielded the same team that lost last time out in Portland, while opting to only change the players on the bench as Victor Giro came into the eighteen for Brett Levis and Tosaint Ricketts made the bench ahead of Michael Baldisimo. On the...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 16, 2019
Know the Enemy - DC United

Know the Enemy - DC United

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps return home on Saturday evening to take on DC United at BC Place. While a lot of stars skip out on the long journey to Vancouver, apparently Rooney isn’t one of them. The Caps will have to contend with a strong DC United side and Wayne Rooney. We help you get to Know the Enemy in this pre-match piece. Head-to-Head Being intra-conference opponents, DC United and Vancouver Whitecaps only play once a year; alternating the home team. In the last five years, the Caps have not had the best of luck against the team from America’s...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 16, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps Press Conference Recap & Reaction

Vancouver Whitecaps Press Conference Recap & Reaction

Bob Frid-USA TODAY Sports Lenarduzzi out, “Sporting Director” in, but will anything really change? Friday Morning, the Vancouver Whitecaps official announced the “global search” for a sporting director to oversee the “technical side” of the club, while also announcing the transition of former president Bobby Lenarduzzi to the new role of club liaison. While rumblings of this kind of search had been swirling in the back channels for months, the club decided to make it official this week, no doubt in an attempt to preserve season ticket sales and increase optimism about the...
Pro Soccer USA Aug 16, 2019

Vancouver Whitecaps announce major front-office changes

Vancouver Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi to take liaison role, the club begins a search to hire a sporting director. The post Vancouver Whitecaps announce major front-office changes appeared first on Pro Soccer USA.
Eighty Six Forever Aug 16, 2019
Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs DC United

Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps vs DC United

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps come up against DC United this weekend. With the Whitecaps being last in the West and DC being 3rd in the East one would expect this to be an easy win for DC. But I am not sure that this will be the case because over the course of my research I have come to the conclusion that DC United are actually low key pretty bad. Kick Off: 7:00 PM PT TV: TSN1 TSN4 Radio: TSN1040 DC United: DC United may have Wayne Rooney, the much coveted recognized name, and Luciano Acosta, who almost moved to PSG for reasons that aren’t really clear, but...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 16, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday August 16

Coffee with the Caps, Friday August 16

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports A little bit of philosophizing Good Friday morning Caps fans. It’s been quite the week here so you’ll have to forgive a slightly more abbreviated CWTC this morning. You all will be happy to know that the Whitecaps social media team reads this column—or at least that’s the only conclusion I can possibly draw after they released a video compilation of the club’s best goals in the MLS era. Dutiful readers of this column will note we covered that territory on Monday. An enjoyable watch that features the top goals for both myself and many of the...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 15, 2019
Apparently the Vancouver Whitecaps Have a Scouting Team/Department

Apparently the Vancouver Whitecaps Have a Scouting Team/Department

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Many of us have been wondering when this touted scouting department would take shape for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Apparently, it has begun...only we were not made aware of it. When Marc Dos Santos came to Vancouver he stated that it was paramount that the club get an effective scouting department in place. Of course, fans went ‘duh!’. While this was expected to happen quickly, the Vancouver Whitecaps entered the season without a scouting department. As the months have dragged on, and the Caps continued to lose, fans and journalists were wondering...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 15, 2019
Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #27) - DC United

Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #27) - DC United

Scott Taetsch-USA TODAY Sports 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 ‘bonus’ prediction categories, with some being based on whatever it topical at the time. Last season we had things like “Robbo...
Eighty Six Forever Aug 14, 2019
Mission 2020 | What Needs to Happen for the Vancouver Whitecaps to Make the Playoffs Next Season?

Mission 2020 | What Needs to Happen for the Vancouver Whitecaps to Make the Playoffs Next Season?

Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports Here we go again. The Vancouver Whitecaps have completed a very underwhelming summer transfer window which means it’s time to look ahead to a potentially brighter future. Turning things around is going to be very difficult. The easy thing to do is to say that the Whitecaps should just spend more money. This is probably true but I generally try and meet the Whitecaps where they are. In the past this has proved difficult because the Whitecaps were lying about where they were. For example, last offseason the Whitecaps said they planned to move into the top...

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