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Mar 22, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday March 21

Coffee with the Caps, Friday March 21

Let us pick you up like Jon Erice does Happy international break everybody. Yours truly totally forgot to put this together Sunday night but rest assured, your favorite place to start (Friday and Monday) mornings is back up and running. A story I missed last week but which our fearless leader Atlantis96 sent my way is the ongoing push to expand the Club World Cup. The plan would transforming from the dinky, UEFA-dominated tournament that it is currently into a 21-team behemoth that would replace the Confederations Cup and become an honest-to-God major tournament. The problem is UEFA...
Mar 20, 2019
Terrace B.C Man Learns of Toronto F.C’s 2017 MLS Cup Win For First Time While Watching “Engraved on a Nation” (Satire)

Terrace B.C Man Learns of Toronto F.C’s 2017 MLS Cup Win For First Time While Watching “Engraved on a Nation” (Satire)

Terrace B.C man Gordon Smith was stunned to learn of Toronto F.C’s 2017 MLS cup win for the first time last week when he watched an episode of TSN’s “engraved on a nation” series. Mr. Smith claims he did not intend to watch the episode but awoke from slumber, amidst a pile of Smirnoff ice cans, to find the TV on and just kind of rolled with it. Smith recalled returning home from the bank before sitting down for a few pops in front of the TV. “at some point I drifted off and when I woke up and brushed the cans off me there was this documentary on T.V. Apparently Toronto F.C won...
Mar 17, 2019
Report Card: A Little Bit of Everything

Report Card: A Little Bit of Everything

Check out our individual player grades from the Whitecaps’ 3-2 loss in Houston. The Vancouver Whitecaps fell by a score of 3-2 to the Houston Dynamo Saturday afternoon at BBVA Compass Stadium. In a match that had good, bad and pretty much everything in between, there’s certainly plenty to discuss as we hand out final grades in our report card. Oh, and at least we have the edge on Houston when it comes to home attendance! So happy to see Houston Dynamo fans turning out in such large numbers for today’s match... #HOUvVAN pic.twitter.com/FYYSN2mdkx— Mark Dailey (@markjrdailey) March...
Mar 16, 2019
Post Match: Despite second half charge, Dynamo too much for Caps to handle

Post Match: Despite second half charge, Dynamo too much for Caps to handle

FiNe LiNEs It was a tale of two halves Saturday for Vancouver, but a late charge in the second 45 was not enough to help the Caps get their first points of the season as the team fell 3-2 to Houston at BBVA Compass Stadium. Dominance from Alberth Elis and a brace from Memo Rodriguez lifted Houston to victory, negating efforts from Lass Bangoura and Fredy Montero to open their goal-scoring accounts for the season. A potpourri of tactical changes were on offer for the Caps in Saturday’s match. MDS opted to go with a previously unseen 3-4-2-1 formation, with Derek Cornelius slotting in at...
Mar 15, 2019
Week #3 Match Preview! Whitecaps @ Houston Dynamo

Week #3 Match Preview! Whitecaps @ Houston Dynamo

It’s been an optimistic start that’s yet to yield results in 2019 for the Vancouver Whitecaps (0-2-0) as they travel south for an afternoon match against the Houston Dynamo (1-0-1). Match Information Where: BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston, TX When: Saturday, March 16th at 12 Noon PST How: TSN1, CTV (TV); TSN 1040 (Radio); MLS Live on ESPN+ (Internet) What Happened Last Match Season? Houston was one of the teams the Whitecaps had success against in 2018, scrambling for a last-second, 2-2 draw in Vancouver in early May, two months after securing their first-ever win in Houston, 2-1. ...
Mar 15, 2019
Coffee with the Caps

Coffee with the Caps

Now, for something a little different... Happy Friday everybody. The weekend (and the Caps!) are almost back. But what is also around the corner is the international break. Or, more accurately for MLS teams, the international “break.” The league kinda sorta takes a break, except for the half dozen teams who will play next week. The Caps will not be in action a week from tomorrow but several of their players will be. Five Vancouver players will be in the 23-man roster for Canada’s Nations League showdown with French Guiana. It also marks the first time former Caps David Edgar and...
Mar 14, 2019
Know the Enemy – Houston Dynamo Edition

Know the Enemy – Houston Dynamo Edition

We caught up with Dynamo Theory ahead of Saturday’s showdown at the BBVA to get a bit of insider info on the 2019 Houston Dynamo. It’s a start to the season that has yet to reap rewards for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ new system, and new manager Marc Dos Santos. Following a disappointing outing at the Rio Tinto last weekend, the Whitecaps head to Houston to take on the Dynamo this coming Saturday. Last season Vancouver picked up a surprising 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo at the BBVA, but as Derek with Dynamo Theory tells us, this is a new Dynamo side and while they saw some change,...
Mar 14, 2019
Trying to make sense of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ First Two Games

Trying to make sense of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ First Two Games

Oh god this article is so long. It’s hard to know what to make of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ first two games under Marc Dos Santos. Both games were losses and the team looked a bit disjointed but there were also some exciting flashes. Should we panic? Remain patient? Are things moving in the right direction? The people demand answers. Who better to provide those answers in a ridiculously long article than a blogger who was recently asked on Twitter “are you a Russian troll or just a total loser?” I certainly can’t think of anyone. So let’s do a deep dive on the first two games and...
Mar 13, 2019
Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #3 - Houston Dynamo)

Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2019 (MLS Match #3 - Houston Dynamo)

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 post-match quotes”, “yellow...
Mar 12, 2019
Six Called Up For International Duty

Six Called Up For International Duty

An international window is just around the corner. Six Whitecaps have been called up by their respective national teams. We summarize all the information for you. Canada will play their final qualifier, against French Guiana, for the newly formed Concacaf Nations League on March 24th, at BC Place. Four current Vancouver Whitecaps players, and four former Whitecaps were called up by John Herdman. Maxime Crepeau, Derek Cornelius, Doneil Henry, and Russell Teibert will be joined by Alphonso Davies, Sam Adekugbe, Simon Thomas, and David Edgar. The Whitecaps are lucky this season as they do...
Mar 11, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Monday March 11

Coffee with the Caps, Monday March 11

Let’s pretend it’s still the weekend together! Happy Monday folks, here’s hoping your weekend was better than the Whitecaps’. While the result was not what any of us wanted, there were definite signs of progress. And in the biggest (and unfortunately only) win of the evening, the club confirmed what was the worst kept secret for miles around: the Caps had secured the capture of Iraqi left back Ali Adnan on a 4 month loan from Italian club Udinese. Much to the consternation of many a fan, the Adnan deal does not include an option to buy. After a few moments’ pause, this makes...
Mar 10, 2019
Report Card – Real Salt Lake v. Vancouver Whitecaps

Report Card – Real Salt Lake v. Vancouver Whitecaps

The ‘Caps come away empty handed, because, well, we wuz robbed. Here’s our grades from Saturday’s match at the Rio Tinto. It was another frustrating day for the new 2019 Vancouver Whitecaps in Salt Lake City, but good things were on display. There were definitely things to like, and of course, some things not to like. Looking at the whole, the ‘Caps played well through the defensive and midfield thirds of the pitch, but the attacking options are where things are fizzling out. Taking a look back at yesterday’s match, the backline looks like it’s got a strong foundation, and the...
Mar 9, 2019
Post Match: Energetic Caps fall in controversial fashion to Real Salt Lake

Post Match: Energetic Caps fall in controversial fashion to Real Salt Lake

VAR: What is it good for? Despite a significant improvement over their week one performance, the Vancouver Whitecaps fell 1-0 to Real Salt Lake in Sandy, Utah after Jake Nerwinski was whistled for his second penalty in as many weeks. There will be no shortage in controversy, however, as replayed showed little contact between the Vancouver right back and Corey Baird. VAR was not used by match official Drew Fischer, however, and Albert Rusnak converted from the spot. The lineup saw three changes from last week’s opener: Lucas Venuto slotted in at right wing, replacing Lass Bangoura, Andy...
Mar 8, 2019
Match Preview: Whitecaps Face First Road Test at Real Salt Lake

Match Preview: Whitecaps Face First Road Test at Real Salt Lake

The Vancouver Whitecaps split their season series with RSL in 2018, can the Caps bounce back from an opening day defeat? Match Information When: Saturday March 9th, 3:00 PM (PT) Where: Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah How: TSN 1, TSN 1040 (Radio), ESPN + The Vancouver Whitecaps (0-1-0) head out on the road for the first time this season on Saturday to take on Real Salt Lake (0-0-1). While the Whitecaps handed Minnesota United what was only their fifth MLS road victory in the history of the franchise by a score of 3-2, Real Salt Lake managed to secure a 1-1 road draw with the Houston Dynamo at...
Mar 8, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday March 8

Coffee with the Caps, Friday March 8

What is this newfangled thing? Come find out Welcome all to the first edition of what we are calling “Coffee with the Caps.” Other blogs in the SB Nation Soccer family will do a morning round-up of links, giving their communities a chance to discuss the best soccer (and non-soccer) related news of the day. Well, we asked, why not 86Forever? Enter Coffee with the Caps. I’ll start the post off with a mini “rant” to serve as a discussion point (or not, depending how much you like what I have to say) and will follow it up with the best links from 86Forever and around the web. Then...