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Apr 19, 2021
Coffee with the Caps, Monday April 19

Coffee with the Caps, Monday April 19

Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports Good Monday morning Caps fans, hope you all are getting a boost to the start of your week from last night’s result. My prediction of Lucas Cavallini nabbing a goal to open the Caps’ account was on point but basically everything else I expected out of the team last night was wrong — and I couldn’t be happier. I don’t think anyone is taking the 1-0 win over Portland as a sign that everything is hunky dory — most of the same flaws from last season were present last night. But that’s to be expected when the roster is, effectively, the...
Apr 19, 2021
Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps Topple Portland Timbers

Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps Topple Portland Timbers

Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports Doing the report card for the Vancouver Whitecaps’ season opening 1-0 win over the Portland Timbers is a bit tough. On the one hand this was exactly the game plan the ‘Caps, who were missing at least 4 regular starters, were going to have to use if they were going to get anything out of this game. On the other that game plan made it so that no individual player really stood out. Nevertheless I have done my best to evaluate them all. Maxime Crepeau: 8.0 You could tell Crepeau was still carrying some rust after missing out on most of 2020...
Apr 19, 2021
Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Rob Gray-USA TODAY Sports Cascadia Clash Causes Clamorous Commotion The Whitecaps were an interesting figure coming into tonight’s match. Making substantial roster additions to greatly improve their starting XI, one would not be wrong least glance in the Vancouver Whitecaps’ direction. Unfortunately, due to a variety of circumstances, this potential new look was limited to one new signing when matchday came. Coming against a Portland team that had just thrashed Honduras’ Marathón 5-0 earlier in the week, the weakened lineup seemed to spell bad news. Luckily,...
Apr 18, 2021
Guess the Starting XI - Season Opener vs. Portland

Guess the Starting XI - Season Opener vs. Portland

Back by popular demand, better late than never! Welcome back to another season of Guess the starting XI, and apologies for the late start, we’ll be up to speed by week two! For those new to the contest, or just getting back into the swing of things, here is how to play, and how points will be handed out (there are a few subtle changes this year): Predictions will be ‘valid’ if posted HERE prior to the lineup being officially announced, usually about an hour before kickoff. You receive 1 point for every player you correctly guess to be in the Starting XI. You receive...
Apr 17, 2021
Match Preview: Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Match Preview: Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports And Here. We. Go. The moment you all have been waiting for has finally arrived — the first match preview of the 2021 MLS season. This will obviously not be a normal season opener for many reason — for one it is thousands of miles from British Columbia, despite being a “home match.” The Caps will be shorthanded a bit as their new arrivals ease into things. And they do it all against a stout Portland Timbers side who has the potential to once again lift silverware. Match Information Teams: Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland...
Apr 16, 2021
Coffee with the Caps, Friday April 16

Coffee with the Caps, Friday April 16

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports It is here, folks. No, I’m not talking about my biweekly drivel — it’s the MLS season, which returns today in all its glory (or lack thereof). Much like the start of the baseball season, the opening weekend of MLS is a beautiful thing — almost every team can point to some reason for optimism, can cling to some hope where they can predict a playoff berth with a straight face. That includes Vancouver, although I think the 86 Forever gang was on the mark in our tempered expectations for the Caps this season. But hey, if a number...
Apr 14, 2021
86 Forever Pre-Season Roundtable Finale (Episode Eight) - Coaching, Youngsters & The Big Picture

86 Forever Pre-Season Roundtable Finale (Episode Eight) - Coaching, Youngsters & The Big Picture

Photo by Shaun Clark/ It’s the final episode of our preseason roundtable series, it’s time for standings predictions! Welcome back everyone to the pre-season roundtable series. We hope you enjoyed our first seven episodes, and we’ve really appreciated all the support we’ve received so far. All of the past roundtable episodes are still available on our YouTube channel, so if you’re just getting up to date with the Whitecaps’ offseason, go and check those out. In this eight and final episode, we’re talking about season standings predictions, the coaching...
Apr 12, 2021
Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps Preseason Matchups

Report Card: Vancouver Whitecaps Preseason Matchups

Chicago Fire FC Just like that, the Whitecaps are headed for the regular season next weekend. In the first report card of the year, we take a look at some notable showings from Saturday’s double header. The Report Card is back for another season, welcome! Because of the back to back nature of the matchups over the weekend (and the lack of detailed statistics), we’re going to do things a little bit differently than a normal report card in this one. It’s the preseason for everyone! I’m simply going to pick out eleven notable players over the course of the two...
Apr 12, 2021
Coffee with the Caps, Monday April 12

Coffee with the Caps, Monday April 12

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports Good Monday morning folks and it is a good Monday morning because we have real life football matches to discuss. The doubleheader friendlies on Saturday were a bit of a mixed bag, in large part because Marc dos Santos trotted out his likely first choice opening day lineup in one match and relegated the kids to the second game against USL side Indy Eleven. Taking anything concrete from MLS preseason is a fool’s errand anyway so this was a pretty sensible move to get the starters some time against MLS level opposition (if we can call...
Apr 11, 2021
The 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps for Dummies

The 2021 Vancouver Whitecaps for Dummies

Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports Lots of people tuned out the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2020. There was (and still is) a global pandemic, the club was beset by off field scandals, and the team spent very little time actually playing in Vancouver. Understandably, a lot of people just couldn’t summon the energy. If you were one of those people and are now asking yourself, with a new season fast approaching, questions like “who even plays for the Whitecaps anymore?” i’ve got you covered! Here is a very brief summary of every player currently on the Vancouver...
Apr 10, 2021
Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps Play Some Soccer

Post Match: Vancouver Whitecaps Play Some Soccer

Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports The Vancouver Whitecaps played two friendly matches today against the Chicago Fire and Indy Eleven. In the first match the ‘Caps played a stronger side while the second match was mostly contested by young players and academy trialists. The more experienced side managed to beat Chicago 3-2 thanks to a Lucas Cavallini brace and one goal from Cristian Dájome. There is zero correlation between pre-season results and regular season results so we won’t get to bogged down in the scoreline. What does matter is the way the Whitecaps played...
Apr 9, 2021
Match Preview: Whitecaps Preseason Friendlies

Match Preview: Whitecaps Preseason Friendlies

Photo by Mark Brown/ Double Trouble Following their 3-0 thumping of Real Monarchs, the Vancouver Whitecaps are looking to exorcise the demons of the past by translating that success onto an MLS level stage right before the first kick-off of the 2021 season. In an exciting double header, the Whitecaps will face Chicago Fire before taking on USL’s Indy Eleven in for what will be a busy morning for fans on the west coast. Match Information Teams: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Chicago Fire/Indy Eleven Location: SeatGeek Stadium, Bridgeview, Illinois Date and Time: April 10th,...
Apr 9, 2021
Coffee with the Caps, Friday April 9

Coffee with the Caps, Friday April 9

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Good Friday morning Caps fans. It has been a hectic week over here but hopefully we are nearing a well-deserved weekend. The Caps had a good start to their time in Utah, beating Real Monarchs 3-0 on Tuesday to continue their brief, yet fruitful, preseason tour. And that's all she wrote from Salt Lake City this afternoon! The boys start preseason off to a flyer #VWFC 3-0 @RealMonarchs ⚽ Cavallini (3'), Dajome [P](57'), Godoy (71')#ItTakesAVillage | @AWCanada pic.twitter.com/2LtNljkdB1— Vancouver Whitecaps FC (@WhitecapsFC) April 6,...
Apr 7, 2021
86 Forever Pre-Season Roundtable (Episode Seven) - Over/Unders: Playing Time, #10 Price Tag

86 Forever Pre-Season Roundtable (Episode Seven) - Over/Unders: Playing Time, #10 Price Tag

Photo by Abbie Parr/ Our YouTube series is back for another episode as we continue to discuss over/unders for the 2021 season. Welcome back everyone to the pre-season roundtable series. We hope you enjoyed our first six episodes, and we’ve really appreciated all the support we’ve received so far. All of the past roundtable episodes are still available on our YouTube channel, so if you’re just getting up to date with the Whitecaps’ offseason, go and check those out. We didn’t do a dedicated article for the last video because we had some other content coming out...
Apr 6, 2021
Training Notes: Recapping the Whitecaps’ Busy Final Week in Vancouver

Training Notes: Recapping the Whitecaps’ Busy Final Week in Vancouver

Kamron Habibullah | Samuel Rowan It’s Pre-Season Matchday! Get caught up to speed with the latest developments from training camp. Spring is in full swing, and while the situation in British Columbia becomes more complicated by the moment, it seems (unlike last year), that the Vancouver Whitecaps have picked a perfect time to head south. The Whitecaps begin their pre-season later today, and the regular season is only a few weeks away. Needless to say, things are getting serious. With that in mind, I’m going to empty my notebook with any and all of the musings I...