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Mr. Worldwide | Inside the Weird and Wonderful World of Highlights From the Far Reaches of the Globe

Mr. Worldwide | Inside the Weird and Wonderful World of Highlights From the Far Reaches of the Globe

Let me begin by telling you a little about myself. I’m a 21 year old Canadian university student and a massive soccer fan. I have always supported the Vancouver Whitecaps but like many Canadians I have familial ties to other parts of the world. So underneath the Whitecaps, in a sort of tier two of support, are Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers. I hope they do well but I don’t stay up at night trying to figure out how to fit all three of their best strikers into one formation, or worrying about how many shots they concede inside the 18 yard box. You can probably add newly formed...
Jun 17, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 17

Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 17

Ugh, is it really Monday Good Monday morning all. The Caps are back this week, as World Cup/Gold Cup/Copa America/AFCON all roll on. Last column broke down the Gold Cup and the relative parity that has broken out (for once) in the tournament. So naturally the first weekend of play featured three blowouts, as Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica all won with ease. Canada’s 4-0 win over Martinique was a solid, yet imperfect start, to their campaign. Even against the Carribean island nation, the backline was tested at times but that was counteracted by Alphonso Davies and Jonathan David carving up...
Jun 14, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday June 14

Coffee with the Caps, Friday June 14

We the North! It is time to get down on Friday Caps fans. Another MLS-less week to be sure but one that promises to be busy for our Canadian friends. First it was the Canadian Women’s National Team, which held off Cameroon 1-0 on Monday. Then it was the Toronto Raptors claiming the first NBA Championship in franchise history (Drake is going to be insufferable isn’t he?). And, finally, there’s tomorrow when both the men and women’s national teams will square off in major international competitions—the women against New Zealand in the afternoon and the men against Martinique in...
Jun 12, 2019
Caps sport second lowest payroll in MLS

Caps sport second lowest payroll in MLS

The Caps look ... cheap in the latest round of player salary numbers The MLS Players Association did the first of their annual player salary data dumps Wednesday, meaning fans get a rare glimpse behind the league’s financial curtain. The Caps have the second lowest payroll in the league at a touch over $8 million, beating out only Houston Dynamo. The Caps’ payroll is only about $100,000 less than it was last year, however, yet four teams passed them in the rankings, illustrating how merely treading water in modern MLS will likely get you left behind. I pasted the full list of individual...
Jun 12, 2019
USWNT Redeems American Empire After Men/Government go 0-2 Against Venezuela (Satire?)

USWNT Redeems American Empire After Men/Government go 0-2 Against Venezuela (Satire?)

Neither Greg Berhalter nor Juan Guaido were unable able to bring glory to the American Empire this month but Jill Ellis was able to deliver by leading the US women’s national team to a 13-0 victory over Thailand. Unfortunately the victory has been marred by a bunch of snowflake cucks saying that celebrating double digit goals against a nation who’s highest paid player made $5000 from playing soccer last year is kind of a dick move. This is pure nonsense. After all, what is the point of reaping the benefits of a blood soaked global empire built on the subjugation of 3rd world nations if...
Jun 11, 2019
A Big Week/Month for Canadian Soccer

A Big Week/Month for Canadian Soccer

The Vancouver Whitecaps may be 10 days away from another match, but before that, the Men’s and Women’s national teams have important tournaments to perform in. The Vancouver Whitecaps don’t play again until June 22nd, when they host the Colorado Rapids. However, over the next 12 days there are some great soccer events taking place to occupy your time. Also, I hear there is some basketball game going on or something that is interesting....or whatever. Both the Canadian Men and Women National teams start(ed) important tournaments this week. For the women, it is the Women’s World Cup...
Jun 10, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 10

Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 10

Good Monday morning Caps fans. All quiet on the western front here, as MLS is slated to begin a hiatus to make way for the Gold Cup after a token slate of games this weekend. This means the Caps (and the league) will be off for almost two more weeks. In the meantime, there’s plenty to discuss. Canada will begin their Gold Cup play Saturday against Cuba in what might be the most ballyhooed team they have ever put out. The U.S. will follow suit a week from Tuesday against Guyana, although a pair of disastrous friendly performances have me fearing the worst about what may unfold. And then...
Jun 9, 2019
Match Report: Vancouver Whitecaps U23s vs Daejeon Citizen

Match Report: Vancouver Whitecaps U23s vs Daejeon Citizen

Somebody has uploaded the entirety of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Development Squad’s 3-1 loss to Daejon Citizen to YouTube. This means that i’ve finally been able to watch a full development squad match. So I thought it would be worthwhile to let you know how all of the players performed. But first some things to keep in mind: This is a mid term, not a report card. This game was a big test because it’s probably the highest level. It’s a good measuring stick of how ready these players are for the pro level. But this is just one game. If someone played badly today it doesn’t...
Jun 7, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Friday June 7

Coffee with the Caps, Friday June 7

Solidarity Good Friday morning Caps fans. No match this week (wow what a concept!), so we’re all twiddling our thumbs waiting for the World Cup to kick off this afternoon at the Parc des Princes in France and enjoying some Whitecaps transfer rumors. As a brief aside, Coffee with the Caps (aka Andrew) would like to express solidarity with the Vox Media Union who are negotiating for fair wages as we speak. Those who managed SB Nation Soccer and the other Vox sites are among the best at what they do and they deserve to be compensated as such. No media professional deserves poverty wages,...
Jun 7, 2019
Whitecaps Looking Forward to a Second Half of the Season Where “Anything Can Happen”

Whitecaps Looking Forward to a Second Half of the Season Where “Anything Can Happen”

After a short reprieve, the Vancouver Whitecaps returned to training Thursday at the National Development Centre. With the Gold Cup as well as other international competitions swirling in the background, the Vancouver Whitecaps were back at training on Thursday morning at the National Development Centre in what was, admittedly, a very light session. “They looked like guys coming back after five days off” Marc Dos Santos said following the training session. “You know everything is slow, there are things that take a little bit of time, but i’m used to it.” Although the session...
Jun 5, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report| Part 3: Are Things Getting Better?

Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report| Part 3: Are Things Getting Better?

The final part of this series on the Vancouver Whitecaps’ rebuild will cover how this team compares to the 2018 season. Is the team getting better? Are they on the right track to being the real MLS cup contender that we all crave? Well a lot of that is down to interpretation and not just yours. Read on and all shall be revealed. Extremely Basic Numbers After a disastrous first 5 games the Vancouver Whitecaps have been on a bit of a roll. Discounting the first 5 games they’ve been on a PPG pace of about 1.55. Depending on how strong the western conference is in any given year that can...
Jun 3, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report | Part 2: Recruitment

Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report | Part 2: Recruitment

So the Whitecaps mostly got the players they let go right. Mostly. But how well did they replace those players? Let’s have a look. In Beom Hwang: Has been mostly a success. He looks very tired and a bit overwhelmed by having to run the attack himself but he leads the team in chances created, is 3rd in shots, 3rd in passing accuracy, and has more tackles and interceptions than ostensibly defensive midfielders like Russel Teibert and Andy Rose. He is doing good stuff. Considering he’s been playing football almost non stop since March 2018 and is living abroad for the first time, you have...
Jun 3, 2019
Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 3

Coffee with the Caps, Monday June 3

Can’t believe its June already Good Monday morning Caps fans. No match this week means we can all catch our breathe after a whirlwind May which went out with a whimper, rather than a bang, on Friday night with a lackluster 1-1 draw with Toronto FC. No real rant this morning but I wanted to take a second to respond to some of the frustration percolating around Whitecaps Social Media (TM), as you would expect after any disappointing performance. Sure, the match on Friday was rather listless and the Caps were in many ways lucky to get a goal at all given the nature of the match. But I...
Jun 2, 2019
Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report Card | Part 1: Players Out

Vancouver Whitecaps Rebuild Half Season Report Card | Part 1: Players Out

The Vancouver Whitecaps are halfway through the first season of the Marc Dos Santos era (Ok, technically they are one game short of the halfway point but they have a 3 week break so this seems an opportune time to write this). So with this in mind I thought it would be worthwhile to take stock of how the rebuild is going so far. We begin with have a look at the players who were let go. Was it a mistake to turnover so much of the squad as Canada’s finest football minds suggested? Let’s look at where all those players are now! Players they didn’t really have a choice with: There were...
Jun 1, 2019
From The Locker Room(s): VWFC vs. TFC, Better Than the UCL Final?

From The Locker Room(s): VWFC vs. TFC, Better Than the UCL Final?

The Whitecaps match on Friday night was bad, but was it worse than the Champions League Final? Friday nights’ matchup between Canadian MLS rivals Vancouver Whitecaps & Toronto FC was one which could have produced many captivating headlines heading into the international break. Toronto FC was desperate to go out on a positive note finding themselves winless in their last five matches, while the Whitecaps looked to secure all three points and push their heads above the playoff line in the Western conference. But rather than a feeling of vindication, the final whistle at BC Place likely left...