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They could have been forgiven for doing things differently. In the middle of a terrible season few would have blamed the Vancouver Whitecaps for announcing that their next Designated Player signing was one of those washed up “big” names that do little to benefit the team on the field but does much to raise the profile of the team to the casual ticket buyer.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Gambian striker Mustapha Jarju as club’s second Designated Player – pending his international transfer certificate. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed

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The future may not be quite as bad for Whitecaps fans as that envisioned by George Orwell (although, after five consecutive defeats, it sometimes feel like it may be) but in a season that has been marked out by poor results, managerial upheaval, and the general sense that the club is failing to grasp the once in a lifetime opportunity that an inaugural season brings to any sporting franchise, is there anything at all to love about the current Whitecaps?

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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game? Yes. He started at left back with Alain Rochat moving to the centre of defence. He looked solid enough with the only down side being that he picked up a yellow card which means that he will miss the next game. So more defensive shuffling for [...]

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1) Will new signing Jordan Harvey start the game?-  If he does then it is likely that Alain Rochat will move to the centre of defence with Harvey replacing him at left- back but, given that Rochat has been the standout player this season, it’s just possible that Tom Soehn will elect to play Harvey in front [...]

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Experienced sailors will tell you that there are two different types of seasickness; the first leaves you terrified that you are going to die, whilst the second leaves you terrified that you are going to stay alive. Substitute the feeling of acute nausea for watching the Whitecaps this season and it becomes a pretty apt analogy. The [...]

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When the Vancouver Whitecaps rolled the dice and replaced Teitur Thordarson with new manager Tom Soehn the plan was that a faltering season would be instantly revived. That gamble has failed. Two defeats in four days to Toronto FC has effectively ended the season as a meaningful entity, and the question now is where they [...]

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One warm day doesn’t make a summer and one win in fourteen doesn’t make everything sunny and bright in the world of the Whitecaps, but the recent 1-0 victory against Philadelphia at least sends the team on their three game road trip in better spirits. Tom Soehn would probably have preferred to follow that performance with another game at [...]

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It may have all become a little too tense during the final ten minutes but in the end the Vancouver Whitecaps held on to beat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 on Saturday at Empire Field.

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No player captured the imagination of Whitecaps supporters quite like forward Eric Hassli when their MLS adventure first began. The Frenchman seemed to collect both goals and red cards in a cavalier fashion that promised a roller coaster ride of entertainment for the whole season. Things have changed though. Since a fifth yellow card earned him a [...]

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Major League Soccer has a lot going for it at the moment; a Pacific Northwest rivalry that has energised the league, two marquee franchises (LA and NY) that are sitting at the top of their respective Conferences, and the general feeling that the game as a whole is gradually creeping into the consciousness of the sporting public.

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We’re just a few weeks away from our annual road trip to Victoria for the SALISH SEA DERBY!  On Saturday May 21, the Victoria Highlanders host the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency (this is our U-21 squad which plays in the USL Professional Development League). It’s a great opportunity for Vancouver supporters to get a taste of [...]

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The nerve shredding game against the Montreal impact not only moved the Whitecaps into the final of the Canadian Championship, it also gave us an extended look at Swiss playmaker Davide Chiumiento in two different roles.

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It may be true that the Vancouver Whitecaps haven’t won an MLS game since opening day, and it may also be true that the likes of Eric Hassli, Davide Chiumiento and Omar Salgado grab the majority of the headlines, but there is one player who has quietly impressed so far this season without spending much time in the limelight.

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Which three MLS games should you be following this weekend? Try the Columbus Crew vs Vancouver Whitecaps- The Caps have yet to earn a point on their travels (although they did win in Montreal in midweek) and will be looking to break their duck against a Columbus side that has yet to lose at home, or even concede a goal.

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I’m a firm believer – pun fully intended – that bitter rivalries are what make the world’s game so darn beautiful. As a kid I grew up in a household heavily influenced by Scottish culture and football. Both my mom and grandfather came to Canada from Glasgow, and I learned from a very young age [...]

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The bad news is that the Whitecaps haven’t won since opening day and, on Saturday, suffered their first loss at Empire Field. The good news is that the MLS playoff format is even more forgiving than last year and any team that can put together a decent run of results will soon find themselves back in contention

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The Major League Soccer season is starting to establish a hierarchy now and this weekend will provide even further pointers to which teams we should be watching. The New York Red Bulls 4-0 destruction of DC United on Thursday (and the return to goal scoring form of Thierry Henry) looks ominous in the Eastern Conference and Real Salt Lake still haven’t dropped a point in the Western, but which three games should you look out for over the Easter weekend?

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If there’s anyone entitled to walk about Empire Field with a smug “I told you so” look on their face these days, it’s the old school Vancouver Southsiders who survived the horrors of the “family-friendly soccertainment” matchday experiences of the 1990s and early 2000s.

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If you only watch three MLS games this weekend (and I know that you will watch more) these are a good three to choose. FC Dallas v Colorado Rapids- Are Dallas really as bad as they have been so far and are Colorado really as good? Last seasons MLS Cup contenders have had markedly different [...]

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An astonishing finish at Empire Field provided yet another afternoon of great entertainment for the Whitecaps fans, so what did we learn this week about this developing side? They have options up front- Hassli, Harris and Camilo have all scored two goals in just three games, and with Salgado able to play once he has [...]

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The Whitecaps may have suffered their first defeat on Saturday but the season continues to be a learning curve for fans, players and coaching staff alike. So what can we all take away from the game against Philadelphia? 1) The Whitecaps are well organised- with their two first choice central defenders away on international action there was [...]

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With the European leagues taking a break due to international action Major League Soccer has the opportunity to take centre stage this weekend. Sadly many clubs will lose their best players to national team call-ups, but there are still a few games that should be worth watching: Philadelphia v Vancouver- How will the home town team [...]

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Today is a great example of why football is the best sport in the world. When passionate fans believe in something strongly enough, they can really make a difference from the pitch right on up to the boardroom. We’re very pleased that the Whitecaps have listened to Vancouver’s fans and delivered on their promises with [...]

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Several months ago, talks between the three Cascadia MLS clubs on the contentious issue of ticket allocations for away supporters were mired by exhaustive debates over “fair and equitable” outcomes for all three cities.  After much ballyhoo and grandstanding, 500 was declared the magic number supporters groups could expect when traveling up and down the [...]

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