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Season Finale: Rapids Ruin Whitecaps Playoff Hopes

October 22, 2013


(Author’s Note: Owing to the circumstances, this article will serve as a joint recap and preview). Season-high record setting and a Cascadia Cup victory were not enough to keep the train on track, as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (12W-12L-9D) watched the playoffs slip further away Saturday in a 3-2 loss to fifth-place Colorado Rapids (14W-10L-9D).  The […]

Game Day: Colorado Clash (Part I)

October 18, 2013


This is a shorter preview than normal, owing to the week-long gap between matches and the lack of significant news, the Cascadia Cup win notwithstanding.  I could talk at length about the Cup, but that’s an entire article-worthy topic in and of itself, which I may or may not write about at a later time.  […]

Whitecaps Win! Vancouver Cleans up in Cascadia Clash en route to Colorado

October 10, 2013


Wow! That’s the only suitable word I can come up with to describe Wednesday night’s match, which saw history unfold in front of a spirited ECS-filled CenturyLink Field.  Not only did the Vancouver Whitecaps (12W-11L-9D) win their second straight match against the Seattle Sounders (15W-10L-6D), incidentally their first Cascadia road win, by the end it […]

Cascadia Catch-Up: Whitecaps Draw Line against Portland; Look Ahead To Seattle

October 8, 2013


(Author’s Note: Due to the short gap between games, this article is intended to serve as both a recap of Sunday and a preview for Wednesday.) There’s no question about it.  The magician still has a few tricks up his sleeve.  The only thing more exciting than the energy of a fired up crowd at […]

Game Day: Cascadia Clash Comes Home

October 5, 2013


*Overall Record vs. Portland: Wins: 0 Losses: 3 Draws: 2 A sellout home crowd is expected to invade B.C. Place full force this Sunday for the final Cascadia Cup match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-11L-8D) and the Portland Timbers (12W-5L-13D).  Sunday also marks the first of two remaining home games in the 2013 MLS season, […]

Game Over: Whitecaps Suffer Déjà Vu Defeat against Salt Lake

September 29, 2013


(Author’s Note: I had a long debate with myself about whether or not to use this recap as an opportunity to speak out on some points noticed about the game.  I’ve always tried to walk the line, recapping matches as they happen, instead of risking this into a soundboard for any rants; as I’ve said […]

Game Day: Hunt for Points Continues at Home

September 27, 2013


Overall Record vs. Salt Lake: Wins: 2 Losses: 3 Draws: 2 “Home again, home again!” is the rallying cry for soccer fans across the Lower Mainland as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (11W-10L-8D) return to BC Place this Saturday fresh off a three-game road trip and eager to close the gap between sixth and fifth place when […]

Game Day: Whitecaps Continue Hunt against Impact

September 20, 2013


Overall Record vs. Montreal: Wins: 1 Losses: 0 Draws: 2* It’s down to the wire as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-10L-8D) travel to Montreal for their final Eastern Conference match of the year, a rare early morning scrimmage (early on the West Coast, that is) against the Impact.  Saturday’s match is the first of the final […]

A Look Back: Whitecaps Tie Things Up Against Earthquakes

September 16, 2013


A warm Saturday evening in front of a sold out crowd set the stage for a roller coaster of a match between Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-10L-8D) and the hometown San Jose Earthquakes (10W-11L-8D); a match that saw the return of familiar faces and improvement in the midfield for the Whitecaps, and a determined strike force […]

Game Day: Whitecaps Brace for the Earthquakes (Round 3)

September 12, 2013


Overall Record vs. San Jose: Wins: 3 Losses: 1 Draws: 3 Saturday’s game marks the third and final meeting of the season between Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-10L-7D) and the San Jose Earthquakes (10W-11L-7D). Look for the Whitecaps to be pulling out all the stops, desperate to chalk up another “W” that has eluded the team […]

Game Over: Whitecaps Drop Points to Dallas

September 8, 2013


Saturday’s match has undoubtedly left many shaking their heads and asking “What happened?” as Vancouver Whitecaps FC hoped to tally their first “W” in the Lone Star State, only to watch three valuable points slip away to FC Dallas in a match that has some fans wondering aloud if the season can be salvaged, or […]

Starting XI: Graham Nichol (New WhitecapsXI Contributor)

September 7, 2013


Wrapping up our “Meet your WhitecapsXI Contributors” series, this week we feature our newest writer, Graham Nichol. StartingXI 1.) What was your journey to Whitecaps fandom? “You know, it is very interesting how my fandom came to be. Being the born-and-bred B.C. boy that I am, my motto was always “If it’s Vancouver, I’ll support […]

A Look Back: Whitecaps Draw the Line

September 2, 2013


Highlights from yesterday’s match. It was a closely watched nail-biter Sunday afternoon as Vancouver Whitecaps FC battled Chivas USA to a 2-2 draw, after facing the possibility of a third straight loss for much of the match. In the beginning, it was like bad déjà vu as the Whitecaps watched the away team open up […]

Still Ahead: Vancouver Seeks To Lead Chivas to the Slaughter

August 31, 2013


Overall Record vs. Chivas USA Wins: 3 Losses: 1 Draws: 3 The push for playoff contention enters a new degree of urgency this Sunday as Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-9L-6D) play host to the lacklustre Chivas USA (5W-14L-6D). It’s the third and final meeting of the season between the Whitecaps and Chivas (that’s ‘Goats’ in English), […]

A Look Back: Whitecaps Fall to LA Galaxy

August 26, 2013


It was root, root, root for the home team as twenty-one thousand fans descended on BC Place Saturday in anticipation of the third and final meeting of the regular season between Vancouver Whitecaps FC (10W-9L-6D) and the LA Galaxy (12W-9L-4D) with a crucial spot in the playoffs at stake. Excitement was at a high at […]

Still Ahead: Whitecaps Seek to Stay in Second

August 16, 2013


It’s a must-win weekend in the MLS as Vancouver Whitecaps FC travel to the Centennial State to take on the Colorado Rapids this Saturday evening; a match-up that has the potential to once again shake up the standings as the race towards the playoffs continues full strength. Overall Record vs. Rapids Wins: 2 Losses: 2 […]

A Look Back: Whitecaps Withstand the Earthquakes

August 11, 2013


Here are the highlights from the Whitecaps’ 2-0 win over the Earthquakes: History, it seems was due to repeat itself Saturday afternoon, on a more positive note as Vancouver Whitecaps FC successfully avenged their only home loss of the season, snatching up a much-needed three points in a decisive 2-0 victory over the San Jose […]

Still Ahead: Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes (Round 2)

August 9, 2013


Overall Record vs. Earthquakes: Wins: 2 Losses: 1 Draws: 3 Look for Vancouver Whitecaps FC (9W-7L-6D) to avenge their only home loss of the season as they host the San Jose Earthquakes (9W-7L-4D) this Saturday at BC Place in a highly anticipated match-up between two talented teams that could see a serious shake up in […]