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Nov 13, 2018
What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 3: Midfielders

What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 3: Midfielders

Both the 3-5-2 and the 4-3-3 formations utilized by Dos Santos in the past involve a midfield three. This three would be anchored by a more defensive midfielder with a more box to box midfielder and a playmaker in front of him. Defensive Midfielders: Cheap(?) Options...The players they’ve already got, let’s go with that: One of the biggest decisions Dos Santos will have to make when it comes to player options is that of Aly Ghazal. Ghazal is very good defensively but he doesn’t create much, seems to have one awful pass per game (despite a generally high passing average), and can not...
Nov 10, 2018
What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 2: Defensive Players

What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 2: Defensive Players

In this part I discuss some of the potential transfer targets Marc Dos Santos could look at. This shouldn’t be seen as a list of likely transfers, rather it should give you a sense of the type of player Dos Santos might target based on his history and the type of players potentially in the ‘Caps price range. Goalkeepers: Cheap option: Richey/Melvin/Hasal and to the victor belongs the spoils. I’ll start by saying this is the best option in my opinion. LAFC went young and cheap in goal and it payed off big time for them. Spencer Richey is currently the best keeper in USL and is ready...
Nov 7, 2018
What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 1: Tactics

What Will Marc Dos Santos’ Whitecaps Look Like? | Part 1: Tactics

It is now confirmed that Marc Dos Santos will be the next manager of the Vancouver Whitecaps. We know he’s been successful at lower level clubs but what will a team coached by Marc Dos Santos actually look like on the field? Well in a 2015 interview with Carlos Verde, Dos Santos touched on some of his tactical philosophies. The managers he discussed are Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, and Marcelo Bielsa. Dos Santos said he has often been forced to resort to the more pragmatic style of Heynckes due to the financial realities of playing in a lower division. He said of Guardiola that his...
Nov 7, 2018
Surprise! (Not Really) Marc dos Santos Named Vancouver Whitecaps Next Manager

Surprise! (Not Really) Marc dos Santos Named Vancouver Whitecaps Next Manager

In a long-expected move, the Vancouver Whitecaps announce Marc dos Santos as their next manager It was believed that part of the reason the Vancouver Whitecaps made the decision to fire Carl Robinson with five matches to go in the 2018 MLS season, instead of waiting until the end, was because there was interest from other teams in their first-choice replacement Marc dos Santos. Having to go with their third or fourth choice last time in Carl Robinson, the Front Office was not going to make the same mistake twice. With Robbo’s firing, many assumed that the hiring of dos Santos would be...
Nov 7, 2018
Looking Back at Pre-Season Predictions Part II

Looking Back at Pre-Season Predictions Part II

We continue our post-season roundtable by looking back at our staff’s over/under predictions in the preseason. Like the previous predictions, these were not the most accurate. In the second installment of our review of our preseason predictions, we examine our Over/Under predictions. Like with our preseason predictions from the previous article, our predictions here were not really any better. Let’s have a look. 1) Will Kamara score over or under 12.5 goals this season? Answer: Over with 14 goals Correct: AtlantisB, CWilkins, TDahl, Jitsuo, Andrew_Bahl, Samuel_Rowan, IanJones This was...
Nov 6, 2018
Looking Back at Pre-Season Predictions Part I

Looking Back at Pre-Season Predictions Part I

We begin our post-season roundtable by looking back at some of our predictions prior to the 2018 season...it wasn’t pretty Prior to the 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps season, our writing staff made predictions on how the season would play out. It was requested by our readers that we evaluate our predictions at the end of the season. For reference here is a link to our Preseason Predictions. In the first of our multi-part year-end discussion, we take a look back at the first half of our predictions, with some comments. Responses MVP: AtlantisB: Stefan Marinovic CWilkins: Yordy Reyna TDahl:...
Nov 1, 2018
Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2018 Roundup

Guess the Starting XI & Final Score 2018 Roundup

The Vancouver Whitecaps season is over, which means it is time for us to close out the 2018 Guess the Starting XI and Final Score prediction contest. We announce the winners and recap all the important statistics. The Vancouver Whitecaps closed their 2018 MLS season out on Sunday with a (surprising) 2-1 victory over the Portland Timbers. The match saw the club and fans say goodbye to Alphonso Davies, while Davies decided to go out in style scoring both Caps goals. The victory led to some exciting conclusions to our yearly contest. But first, let’s look more closely at that final match....
Oct 30, 2018
Vancouver Whitecaps End 2018 Season with a Flame War at Final Media Presser

Vancouver Whitecaps End 2018 Season with a Flame War at Final Media Presser

The Vancouver Whitecaps held their year-end presser this afternoon, and it was…interesting. After a disappointing season in which the now fired manager proclaimed he had his best squad as a manager, and that there were some players that were vocally disgruntled at Carl Robinson’s firing, it is unsurprising that some strong opinions were given at the media event; however, few of us could have suspected that players would be so willing to share their grievances. Actual footage of the @WhitecapsFC end of season press conference. pic.twitter.com/yns6RZQ8Kq— Rudi Schuller...
Oct 30, 2018
Reasons to be Excited for 2019

Reasons to be Excited for 2019

These are dark days my friends. The Vancouver Whitecaps have missed the playoffs for the second time in three years, they are loosing their best player, and their captain has publicly stated that he wants to leave. It is against this backdrop that local journalist Jay Janower asks an excellent question: The entire organization needs to look in the mirror, from Ownership all the way down. Ask yourself this Caps supporters, who or what excites you about next season? https://t.co/f6WKfIQELV— JAY JANOWER (@JayJanower) October 18, 2018 For many people, the answer is not much. But can you...
Oct 29, 2018
Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers

Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps v. Portland Timbers

The ‘Caps wrapped up their season at home to Portland Timbers yesterday afternoon, let’s take a look back on a memorable afternoon and how each player fared. It was always going to be a bit emotional seeing Alphonso Davies for the last time as a Vancouver Whitecaps player. He’s such an exciting player to watch, and on his day, he’s capable of winning a game for his team. He did just that and further stoked the flames surrounding his own hype. That said, while the day belonged to Phonzie, the rest of the Whitecaps really showed up and put in what was probably the best team...
Oct 28, 2018
Post Match: Reflections on the season

Post Match: Reflections on the season

How will we remember the 2018 season? With another MLS regular season officially in the books, it seems like a good time to reflect not only on today’s match against the Timbers, but also on the season as a whole. If I recall correctly, in our preseason roundtable Eighty Six Forever’s general consensus was that this MLS season would look relatively similar to the last one. Personally, I predicted the Whitecaps to finish 3rd in the West and bow out early in the playoffs. I felt that this expectation was realistic based not only on the strength of the roster but also on a playing style...
Oct 27, 2018
Pre Match: Whitecaps vs Timbers

Pre Match: Whitecaps vs Timbers

Kick Off: 1:30 (allegedly) TV: TSN1 Radio: TSN1040 The Whitecaps go into their decision day fixture knowing that no matter what happens they will finish in 8th place in the Western Conference. They could win 10-0 or they could lose 10-0 and their league position will not change. Their opponents, the Portland Timbers, have an outside chance at getting a first round bye and a pretty good chance of hosting a first round game if they win but are in the playoffs regardless. Thus we have two teams for whom the result of this game does not really matter, on paper at least. There is of course...
Oct 26, 2018
Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #34 -Portland Timbers)

Guess the Starting XI and Final Score (MLS Match #34 -Portland Timbers)

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...
Oct 25, 2018
Canadians Represent Well at Caps Player Awards

Canadians Represent Well at Caps Player Awards

The Vancouver Whitecaps held their annual player awards ceremony this week. We recap the winners. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced their 2018 Player Awards on Wednesday. It is no surprise that Alphonso Davies was voted BMO Player of the Year by fans. Although he was unable to be named Man of the Match, due to it being sponsored by Budweiser, Davies was clearly the best Whitecaps player in at least half of the club’s matches. Davies was the lone representative at the 2018 MLS All-Star game and has set a new league record with 121 completed dribbles, while leading MLS in duels won at 255....
Oct 23, 2018
Carl Robinson vs Craig Dalrymple: What to Watch as the Vancouver Whitecaps Close of 2018

Carl Robinson vs Craig Dalrymple: What to Watch as the Vancouver Whitecaps Close of 2018

The Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 MLS season is drawing to a close. We examine what to look for in their final match, and compare what the Whitecaps have looked like under Dalrymple compared to under Robinson. The Vancouver Whitecaps will conclude their 2018 season to forget on Sunday afternoon, when they host Portland Timbers. Having already been eliminated from the playoff race, and unable to win the Cascadia Cup, there appears to be few reasons to take in this final match. In fact, the Whitecaps cannot even really play spoilers, as Portland is already guaranteed at least 5th in the West and...