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    Whitecaps owners say they’re not in “a popularity contest”, except they are, as supporter ire at Pannes departure shows importance of connecting with

    Whitecaps owners say they’re not in “a popularity contest”, except they are, as supporter ire at Pannes departure shows importance of connecting with fans Vancouver Whitecaps never fail to surprise. Unfortunately it’s mostly one of those surprises akin to your doctor referring you for a...
  2. AFTN

    The future of the BC soccer pyramid

    The future of the BC soccer pyramid There is a lot of excitement surrounding the Canadian Men’s National Team these days. In all my years supporting the team I have never seen a group with such talent and attacking ability. And when I look at how young some of the best players on the squad are...
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    Report and Reaction: Ricketts deadlier than Corona in LA as ‘Caps get first win of season

    Report and Reaction: Ricketts deadlier than Corona in LA as ‘Caps get first win of season What a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, the disappointment of not only a season opening loss to Sporting KC, but also an insipid performance along the way, had many Vancouver Whitecaps supporters...
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    A lot still to play for as VMSL heads into final weeks of the season (with videos)

    A lot still to play for as VMSL heads into final weeks of the season (with videos) The weather may have had its now seemingly annual disruption to the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) season, but it’s certainly made for an exciting finish to the 2019/20 campaign in many of the divisions...
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    Match Preview: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps – stumbling out of the gate

    Match Preview: LA Galaxy v Vancouver Whitecaps – stumbling out of the gate The stage was set for a dramatic finish. Well into added time, the Whitecaps were down 2-1 in their home opener, fans desperate for an equalizer. One final push led to a cross hit to the back post, where Erik Hurtado...
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    Report and Reaction: It’s a Kinda magic for Sporting KC as they claim season opening win in Vancouver

    Report and Reaction: It’s a Kinda magic for Sporting KC as they claim season opening win in Vancouver It was the battle of the two worst teams in the West last season. Two teams that had bolstered their attacks with big money strikers from Liga MX. But while one of those players found the back...
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    Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Sporting KC – a new new beginning?

    Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps v Sporting KC – a new new beginning? After a 2019 season that can be best summed up by the word “yikes”, the Whitecaps are set to kick off a new decade – and their 10th MLS season – this Saturday. After a partial rebuild to the previous offseason’s rebuild...
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    VMSL Premier title race down to a two team shootout as Rino’s and Croatia battle looks like going down to the wire (with video highlights)

    VMSL Premier title race down to a two team shootout as Rino’s and Croatia battle looks like going down to the wire (with video highlights) It’s looked like a two horse title race in the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) Premier Division for the last few weeks between defending champions...
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    Once A Whitecap: Where are they now? (Part 2)

    Once A Whitecap: Where are they now? (Part 2) In this second part of our “Once A Whitecap: Where are they now?” feature (you can see part one HERE), we take a deep dive into some players that you may not thank us for making you recall. Brad Rusin The towering Indiana native made 20 starts for...
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    “A lot of work ahead” but standout centre back Gianfranco Facchineri’s mentality and work ethic earns him a MLS homegrown deal with the Whitecaps

    “A lot of work ahead” but standout centre back Gianfranco Facchineri’s mentality and work ethic earns him a MLS homegrown deal with the Whitecaps Friday the 13th. Unlucky for some, but certainly not for Vancouver Whitecaps centre back Gianfranco Facchineri. For that was the date last month that...
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    Patrick Metcalfe rewarded for “perseverance” and commitment to ‘Caps with MLS homegrown deal

    Patrick Metcalfe rewarded for “perseverance” and commitment to ‘Caps with MLS homegrown deal Patrick Metcalfe’s path to becoming one of Vancouver Whitecaps’ two latest homegrown signings did not follow the usual route. More off-piste than a straight forward slope, it’s been a journey that’s...
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    Once A Whitecap: Where are they now? (Part 1)

    Once A Whitecap: Where are they now? (Part 1) At the end of every Football Manager season, the game generates a message to the player titled “The Team of 2020: Where are they now?”. Inspired by this, I decided to take a deep dive into four former Whitecaps and find out what they have been up...
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    Quality group of trialists have “a real opportunity” to earn a roster spot as tough Whitecaps preseason training camp gets underway

    Quality group of trialists have “a real opportunity” to earn a roster spot as tough Whitecaps preseason training camp gets underway It feels like an age ago now that Vancouver Whitecaps last kicked a ball in anger in MLS. It was 106 days to be precise. It’s been a slow offseason since then...
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    Rino’s Tigers weather the storm to go top in VMSL Premier as snow decimates fixtures (with video highlights)

    Rino’s Tigers weather the storm to go top in VMSL Premier as snow decimates fixtures (with video highlights) When you look out the window right now, it’s hard to imagine that just a few days ago there were some Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) matches being played! After snowing on Friday...
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    Croatia and Rino’s bang in the goals to pull away at the top of VMSL Premier (with video highlights)

    Croatia and Rino’s bang in the goals to pull away at the top of VMSL Premier (with video highlights) The Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) returned to action after the Christmas break this past weekend in an extraordinary week that saw 37 goals scored over the six Premier Division match ups...
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    Vancouver Whitecaps’ Top 5 Highlights of the Decade

    Vancouver Whitecaps’ Top 5 Highlights of the Decade 2019 is over. So are the 2010s. It’s been a challenging year for Vancouver Whitecaps and, at times, a very testing decade for supporters. There’s been highs of course, but far more lows. There’s been hopes raised, but far more dashed. The...
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    Hat-tricks and braces highlight big weekend for top three title contenders in VMSL Premier

    Hat-tricks and braces highlight big weekend for top three title contenders in VMSL Premier With one weekend of Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) fixtures remaining until the Christmas break, the top four continue to have very little to choose between them in the race for the 2019/20 Premier...
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    Leaders Croatia drop points as Rino’s and Hurricanes close gap at the top of the VMSL Premier Division (with video highlights of two matches)

    Leaders Croatia drop points as Rino’s and Hurricanes close gap at the top of the VMSL Premier Division (with video highlights of two matches) Week 13 of the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) is in the books and it was another entertaining weekend of local football action that saw another...
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    Upgrade Suggestions: The pressing need to improve the Whitecaps both on and off the pitch

    Upgrade Suggestions: The pressing need to improve the Whitecaps both on and off the pitch So here we are in this our offseason of discontent. From the Whitecaps’ perspective, we are hearing some of the right things. We’ve finally got our new Sporting Director who will, we expect, lend some...
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    Croatia SC extend VMSL Premier lead after top of the table clash (with video highlights)

    Croatia SC extend VMSL Premier lead after top of the table clash (with video highlights) Another action packed weekend of Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VMSL) matches is in the books, with a lot of goals and drama served up across the Premier Division. By the end of it, defending champions...
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