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Nov 27, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 27

Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 27

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Good Friday morning Caps fans, hope you all are getting ready for the weekend. The good news? We have lots of content on the site to help you ease out of the work week. In the U.S. our work week has been truncated, of course, due to the Thanksgiving holiday. It was a strange year for many of us (myself included): no gathering with family, traditions put on pause for a year and, of course, many folks who aren’t around to celebrate the holiday due to COVID-19. It was a bit of a somber day, with plenty of reflection. But when I was done...
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,...
Nov 26, 2020
Team Takeover: Who Should Stay and Who Should go for 2021? (Young Canadian Midfielders and Forwards)

Team Takeover: Who Should Stay and Who Should go for 2021? (Young Canadian Midfielders and Forwards)

Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports This edition of Team Takeover takes on a slightly different direction. This article covers Canadian midfielders and forwards under the age of 23. But we realized pretty quickly that we were all just going to vote to keep every player. After all, all of these players are young, cheap, and have shown some degree of usefulness already. Cutting any of them would be pretty dumb (you can, of course, sound off in the comments if you disagree). So to make things more interesting we decided to vote on if the player was ready to be a contributor...
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...
Nov 23, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 23

Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 23

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports Good Monday morning Caps fans, hope you’re up and at it and ready for the week ahead. It was a wild first weekend of playoff action, a weekend truly befitting the glorious, chaotic mess that is known as Major League Soccer. Two of the matches were snoozers, with Minnesota United and Nashville SC advancing easily. The rest though? Basically every other match had a late goal or two, penalty kick drama and/or absolutely baffling refereeing. Nowhere was this more true than in Orlando. If you’re reading this you probably know by now what...
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...
Nov 20, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 20

Coffee with the Caps, Friday November 20

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Good morning Caps fans — Congrats sailors, you made it to Friday! And it is a Friday where we get MLS back after an interminable international break and it is not just MLS, no no. It is the MLS Cup Playoffs (TM). Yes, yes even though the playoffs involve such juggernauts as [checks notes] Nashville SC and Montreal Impact, they are still likely to be must-see TV. That’s in part for the reasons we talked a bit about earlier this week — there is just a lot of uncertainty, ranging from international duty to players testing positive to...
Nov 18, 2020
MLS Cup Playoffs Preview & Predictions

MLS Cup Playoffs Preview & Predictions

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports What are the key storylines to watch out for as eighteen teams vie for the MLS Cup? It’s time to get ready for the 2020 MLS Cup Playoffs. With a maximum of twenty-three matches played for each team, and a record high eighteen teams qualifying for the playoffs (or play-in round), it could very well be the most unpredictable post-season in MLS history. At the bottom end of the pecking order, you have MLS newcomers, Inter Miami, who in their inaugural season managed to sneak into the final play-in spot (10th in the East) on just 24...
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...
Nov 16, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 16

Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 16

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Good Monday morning Caps fans, best wishes for the week ahead — hopefully you’re at work, nursing some coffee and enjoying this, meaning that the hardest part of the week (getting out of bed on a Monday) is now over. It is all quiet on the western front in terms of soccer news these days. MLS Cup playoffs kick off Friday evening but in the meantime internationals rage on, in a rather ill-advised way I might add. I’ve been watching the international fixtures for the last week and I gotta say, Canada has the right idea as far as sitting these out....
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...
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...
Nov 9, 2020
Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 9

Coffee with the Caps, Monday November 9

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Good Monday morning Caps fans, hope your weekend went swimmingly and you are ready to face the week ahead. The Caps cruised through their final test of the season, and even though said challenge was a thoroughly disinterested, 10-man LA Galaxy side it was still nice to see the team end strong to earn a final three points. The team also makes history by not drawing at all this season and, well, that was surely what we all had in mind when the ownership was making bold proclamations about this team’s future. The official player awards were distributed last...
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 ...
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...