• Vancouver Whitecaps

      by Published on 04-22-2014 01:09 PM
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      4. Montreal Impact,
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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.

      As suckers for getting on the score-sheet, Issey Nakajima-Farran and Rob Friend take the top two spots this week, while third could go to any number of players for strong, if unspectacular, outings this round – special mention for Maxim Tissot, who made his first appearance of the season for Montreal.

      Find out what they did to deserve recognition and who else earned their keep this week. ...
      by Published on 04-21-2014 06:04 PM
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      2. Toronto FC,
      3. Vancouver Whitecaps,
      4. Montreal Impact

      The seventh round of MLS took place over the Easter Weekend – chocolate and soccer, does it get any better than that?

      Leaving aside the midweek fixture for a moment, nine matches were played through the weekend, resulting in five draws (including a pair of scoreless ones) and the return of a sense of normalcy with just one away win.

      Goals were again at a premium with a mere nineteen tallied, including two from the spot – though Chicago fluffed the third, another glorious chance for a winner at the death – and another own-goal, this one off the head of Montreal’s Callum Mallace.

      Though some were reluctant to make the tough calls this round, the referees found another way to insert themselves into matches with 28 yellow cards and some six reds - four straight and a pair of double-yellows – most of which were controversial, raising the ire of coaches around the league.

      Before the results, the goals of the round: ...
      by Published on 04-21-2014 05:30 PM
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      Pitch Perfect is our feature where we break down various moves of perfection in Whitecaps matches that lead to Vancouver goals. We haven't done one for a while, although we certainly could have, but we also have the flip side of that feature looking at the Caps' defensive mistakes - Pitch Imperfect...

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      Defensive lapses against the LA Galaxy have cost the Whitecaps dear these past two weeks. Vancouver may have twice fought back valiantly on Saturday against LA, but there will be disappointment in the camp about how they fell behind in the first half and were left playing the chasing game thereafter.

      Here we break down the defensive mistakes that led to Stefan Ishizaki's first half opener for Los Angeles.
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      by Published on 04-21-2014 02:00 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 2-2 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy? Aaron Campbell makes his selections. Do you agree?

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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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      Match report and post game reaction from Vancouver Whitecaps' 2-2 draw with Los Angeles Galaxy at BC Place. With quotes from the Caps' Carl Robinson, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller and Kekuta Manneh.

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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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      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 04-13-2014 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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