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      by Published on 04-16-2014 01:30 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps travelled to a Galaxy not that far, far away at the weekend, just in LA. Although Los Angeles can feel like you're on a different planet sometimes.

      It's the stories of back to backs in this podcast. The 1-0 loss in LA was the Caps' second straight loss but they have the chance for redemption right away as the Galaxy head north to BC Place this weekend. We pick over the bones of the defeat on Saturday and look ahead to what it might mean for the team this coming weekend.

      There's audio from Tuesday first training session back after the game and we hear some thoughts from head coach Carl Robinson, captain Jay DeMerit and Jordan Harvey.

      We've been wanting to do this since he came to the club, so we finally catch up with Whitecaps' assistant coach Martyn Pert for an interesting chat about his time in Vancouver and MLS so far and about his many travels. We talk about the time he was in charge in Ecuador for a month, middle east football and the Qatar World Cup, those tumultuous times at Cardiff last year, travelling around 16 clubs in Europe in 16 weeks and the comments of Andrea Pirlo on pre-match warm ups.

      And there's still time to look at the MLS standings and take an early look at how things are shaping up.
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      by Published on 04-15-2014 02:46 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact,
      5. Canada

      An extension to Canadian Soccer News’ MLS Week in Review, this article provides a closer look at the performances of the Canadian players who saw the pitch this week.

      The top three spots this round go to an imperious Will Johnson, a tenacious Russell Teibert, and dead-ball specialist, Kyle Bekker, with honourable mentions for Karl Ouimette, Jordan Hamilton, Tesho Akindele, and Kofi Opare.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-14-2014 01:02 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      After the goal-explosion of the past two weekends, MLS can be forgiven for coming back earth in round six.

      Nine matches took place over the weekend, with eight on Saturday and a lone Sunday fixture in San Jose, resulting in four draws and two more away wins.

      It should be noted that no match was decided by more than a single goal this weekend, indicative of that much-discussed parity. The last few seasons of MLS have been marked by one or two teams falling away from the pack, propping up the league from their position in the basement – based on the opening salvos, it is hard to say whether that will be the case this season as no team has looked entirely out of its depth.

      A mere twenty goals were scored this round, a stark contrast with last round’s 31, though by rights there could have been at least one more, had not the penalty kick been well-saved in Philadelphia. Of course, Stephen Keel would have rather there been one less, his own-goal drew the natural reaction to such a situation – head in hands.

      With the calming of the action came a calming of the officials, who, in the more-mellow spirit of the round, flashed just 28 yellow cards and did not eject a single player this weekend – were it not for the eight-card monte in Dallas, a very chippy match indeed, that number would be further reduced. In fact, there were two ‘clean’ matches this round that did not see a single booking.

      All told it was a weekend of top goal-scorers continuing their good form, winless sides extending their search for elusive victories, immediate dividends from an early season trade, and one heart-warming tale, at a much-needed time.

      Before the results, the goals of the round: ...
      by Published on 04-14-2014 03:30 AM
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      The quarter final line-up is now complete after the final first round matches in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups were played out on Sunday.

      Defending A Cup Champions Surrey United Firefighters were made to work hard to overcome a dogged Vic West FC side, coming back from being a goal down at the half to eventually secure their quarter final spot with a 2-1 victory.

      The win keeps Surrey's dream alive of a threepeat and if they are to pull it off, they will become the first team to do so since Victoria West achieved the feat themselves with four back to back A Cup triumphs between 1979 and 1982. It was a run that was actually ended by Vancouver Firefighters in 1983.
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      by Published on 04-13-2014 07:00 PM
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      2. Vancouver Whitecaps
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      "Caps Countdown" is our Vancouver Whitecaps player rankings with a twist. The starting eleven is ranked from eleven to one, from worst to first. Who was the 'man of the match' and who, if anyone, had a game to forget in the 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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      by Published on 04-13-2014 05:35 AM
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      The action continued apace in the 2014 BC Provincial Cups on Saturday with goals galore in the first round matches. AFTN continued our travels around the lower mainland to take in a game in both the A and the B Cups.

      Pitt Meadows was the first stop at noon as the Fraser Valley Soccer League's Westcoast FC Selects played host to Vancouver Island's Cowichen FC, running out comfortable 3-0 winners despite playing most of the second half a man down.

      Westcoast looked in control for most of the match and although they didn't create the majority of the chances, they did what they needed to do, took theirs and looked like they could up a gear at any time. Cowichen only have themselves to blame as they enjoyed the majority of possession as they chased the game and created some great chances which they squandered, failing to push home their man advantage.
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      by Published on 04-13-2014 01:50 AM
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      2. Vancouver Whitecaps



      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy. With quotes from both locker rooms.

      Report:

      Vancouver Whitecaps had never won against the Galaxy in LA heading in to this one and despite an excellent first half performance where they created the better chances, they head back to Canada still looking for their first victory down there.

      A Robbie Keane strike two minutes into the second half was the official difference between the teams, but LA dominated possession for much of the match as they ran out 1-0 winners.

      The Whitecaps had their chances, and LA goalkeeper Jaime Penedo came up big in the first half to keep Vancouver at bay.
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      by Published on 04-12-2014 09:20 PM

      The feeling coming into the first NASL match for Ottawa’s Fury FC was that the team’s leadership and wealth of creative midfielders would propel them. After falling 2-0 in their inaugural match to the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, head coach Marc Dos Santos is likely not terribly excited with the play of his midfield core.

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      by Published on 04-12-2014 04:00 AM
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      The 2014 BC Provincial A Cup got underway in some style in West Vancouver on Friday evening with a seven goal cracker between Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) rivals West Van and CCBRT United.

      With four goals scored in the last 11 minutes of play, West Van battled back from being two down at half time to run out 4-3 winners in a pulsating cup tie that had a bit of everything. Only a red card and a dog on the pitch was missing.

      Some people have wondered why do we put so much time and energy into covering the Provincials on AFTN. A match like this pretty much explains why. It was entertaining and action packed from start to finish and was a great advert for the local football scene in BC. Plus we love Cup ties!
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      by Published on 04-11-2014 12:23 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      Welcome to the first edition of the CSN power ratings!

      It's the TSR rank. As a reminder, TSR is Total Shots Ratio and it's been demonstrated to be the single best predictor of a team's success over the long term. Pretty much everywhere it's applied.

      It's still early, but not so early to not have a look.
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      by Published on 04-11-2014 12:01 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC

      Saturday, springtime and, on the back of a statement win in Columbus, the sense that maybe, just maybe, the long winter of Toronto FC has finally come to an end. Visits by the Colorado Rapids have regularly brought joy before, even in seasons where the most minute traces of joy were hard to find. Should that pattern continue TFC will have begun an important second phase to their season in the same way they began (and completed) the first.

      Yes, mark it down: weather included, Reds supporters should be fully looking forward to attending a match at BMO Field!

      Not that Colorado can be discounted or taken for granted. ...
      by Published on 04-11-2014 01:15 AM
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      In our "Around The League" series, we chat with some of the more interesting and sometimes lesser known players from the team that Whitecaps meet in MLS action. We kicked off the new series last week with Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Driver, and continue it this week with the man who proved to be a real thorn in Vancouver's side this past weekend - Colorado Rapids' goalkeeper, Clint Irwin.


      Call me an old football romantic, but I like a story of an unexpected hero. The underdog who comes from nowhere to be the star.

      That tale played out in Colorado last season, with former Canadian Soccer League goalkeeper Clint Irwin starring in the lead role.
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      by Published on 04-10-2014 08:08 PM
      1. Categories:
      2. Toronto FC

      This past off-season did not lack for story lines when it came to TFC. A bloody big deal and all that.

      There was so much action that by the time the season started the decision to re-sign Dwayne DeRosario had almost been forgotten. It was a decision that was not without controversy when it took place and even among those that supported the return there was an admission that there was a degree of risk involved.

      DeRo is not a young man in soccer terms. There was always a chance he could be physically done.

      The early returns have been inconclusive to the eyes. He's had plenty of playing time and has had some chances, but he has yet to score a goal back in the red.

      So, we decided to look deeper at his play so far. What are DeRo's advanced stats so far this year and how do they compare to other starting forwards in MLS.

      Find out below the jump.
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