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      by Published on 04-20-2014 05:00 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps' fighting spirit was in abundance as they fought back twice to take a point at home to the LA Galaxy.

      Our LA postgame show looks back at the main talking points of the game. Did the Caps go with the right formation? What about those early substitutions? Should we be buying a book called 'Where's Pedro'? What are the Whitecaps missing going forward? What's going to happen now with the still dropped Nigel Reo-Coker? And of course, we look at the goals. All four of them.

      We also hear from both locker rooms.

      Carl Robinson, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller and point securing goalscorer Kekuta Manneh bring you some inside from the Vancouver side, whilst Bruce Arena, Omar Gonzalez, Dan Gargan and a not very happy Robbie Keane give us some LA insight into the result.

      Whilst Rob Friend tells us what it was like to be back playing football again in BC and how close he was to signing for the Whitecaps last summer.
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      by Published on 04-20-2014 04:50 AM
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      Vancouver Whitecaps and Los Angeles Galaxy battled it out to a 2-2 draw at BC Place on Saturday afternoon.

      AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there capturing the game for us. Here's a selection of his photos from before, during and after the match.
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      by Published on 04-20-2014 01:05 AM
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      A late strike by second half sub Kekuta Manneh saved a point for the Whitecaps as they came back to draw Los Angeles Galaxy at two. The opening goal was by Stefan Ishizaki of the Galaxy in the first while second half scores by Darren Mattocks and Robbie Keane completed the scoring.
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      by Published on 04-19-2014 01:00 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've kicked off the new series with Houston Dynamo’s Andrew Driver and Colorado Rapids' goalkeeper Clint Irwin. We continue it this week with Irwin's Rapids' teammate, MLS Rookie of the Year, Dillon Powers.


      Colorado Rapids midfielder Dillon Powers had a rookie Major League Soccer season to remember.

      His five goals and six assists played a key part in his team making the playoffs and earned him MLS Rookie of the Year honours in the process.

      It was a great first season in the senior ranks but the year unfortunately ended early for Powers when a concussion forced him to miss the last three regular games of the season and the playoffs.

      Understandably, it was a scary and unsettling time for the rookie.

      "A couple of games before we came up here for the back to back series with Vancouver I got a concussion against Seattle. It left me out with headaches and some nausea and a lot of light sensitivity and noise sensitivity. Really not feeling right for the greater part of three or four months.
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      by Published on 04-18-2014 03:30 AM
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      The LA Galaxy are back in town to take on Vancouver Whitecaps. Will it be back to back LA wins or can the Whitecaps salvage something from this key game?

      We bring you our pregame podcast for the match and what better way to get an insight in the Galaxy than by speaking with their play by play man Joe Tutino and we also hear some thoughts on the game from Whitecaps assistant coach Martyn Pert and captain Jay DeMerit.

      The AFTN crew look ahead to the game and ponder the Vancouver line-up, how to stop Robbie Keane, the merits or pitfalls of back to back games and they take a look at the mysteries of the LA salaries.

      And there's still time for a fun chat with Jordan Harvey about getting his coaching career off to a winning start.
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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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      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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      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 04-13-2014 07:00 PM
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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 01:50 AM
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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 1-0 loss to Los Angeles Galaxy. With quotes from both locker rooms.

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      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 04-11-2014 12:23 PM
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      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 04-08-2014 11:05 AM
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      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.

      Once more it was a fairly sparse weekend for Canadians getting on the pitch, only six saw any time this round, while a further five went unused on the bench – the injuries in Toronto did not help the CanCon quota.

      The top three spots go to Issey Nakajima-Farran, Kyle Bekker, and Will Johnson, with special nods to Russell Teibert and Dwayne De Rosario who put in excellent shifts for their clubs.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-07-2014 10:00 PM
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      The 2014 BC Provincial Cup got underway this past weekend with eight preliminary round matches kicking off the newly expanded B Cup.

      With 29 goals, and a few red cards along the way, it was an entertaining start to this year's competition.

      The action kicked off on Friday night when defending Champions, and Richmond League and Cup double winners, Richmond All Blacks took on Burnaby side Mundiavocat.

      The All Blacks were heavy favourites and despite being reduced to ten men for an intentional handball in the 15th minute, went in at the half 5-1 up. It looked all over but, full credit to Mundiavocat who made a real fight of it in the second half and pulled a couple of goals back but couldn't close the deficit.

      AFTN's featured match of the round took place at Point Grey High School and was an all VMSL clash between home side Rino's Fury and Bombastic FC.
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