MLS Preview: New York Red Bulls vs Vancouver Whitecaps

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Dax McCarty of New York Red Bulls (Wikimedia Commons)

The New York Red Bulls will look to stretch their unbeaten run against the Vancouver Whitecaps and will have to do so without Tim Cahill in the midfield. As the Aussie is off on international duty, Juninho and Dax McCarty must pick up the slack in order to continue their unbeaten run.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings: Bouncing Back?

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In the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings the Seattle Sounders are on the bounce. Getting off that winless streak certainly helped, but so did some relatively poor performances (Fire, Whitecaps) around them. Let's take a moment to remember that happens to other teams too.

One of the intriguing things about tracking the rankings via the graph is the extraordinary stability by Real Salt Lake.

Sounders Centric Power Rankings - The Sky Is Falling

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SB Nation's MLS Power Rankings tend to lag results. There are enough of us in the ranking panel that tend to ignore a bad result, or two, that quick movements are rare. But in a "week" which actually stretches across three weeks of light matches around the league one team did indeed take a fall. Seattle Sounders FC is now at an average ranking of 5.

Five Things We Learned: Revolution vs. Whitecaps

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You could say that Revolution fans got their money's worth on Saturday night.

In a display of firepower rarely seen in Foxboro during the last two years, the Revolution racked up four goals including a SportsCenter Top 10 effort from Lee Nguyen to pound the hapless Whitecaps 4-1 on Saturday.

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Sounders Centric Power Rankings - Striking Distance

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Seattle's last two losses in all competitions are to the San Jose Earthquakes and Sporting Kansas City. In some ways it is fitting that these are the only two teams ahead of the Sounders in the SB Nation MLS Power Rankings. Seattle is as high as it has been since week 11. The votes they receive are primarily for 2 or 3 with two at 4 and one at 5.

Sounders v Whitecaps - Cascadia Cup Gamethread

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Saturday's 1 PM Cascadia Cup match should feature over 55,000 fans watching the most significant contest in this rivalry's young MLS history. Both the Seattle Sounders FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps are poised for MLS Cup Playoff runs and the points from this match could mean the difference in seeding.

Whitecaps MF Barry Robson Suspended For Game Vs. Sounders

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The already short-handed Vancouver Whitecaps will be a little more so after learning that Designated Player Barry Robson was suspended for Saturday's game against the Seattle Sounders. The MLS Disciplinary Committee announced the punishment for "aggravated dissent against an assistant referee" on Saturday morning, just hours before the scheduled kickoff time.

Sounders v Vancouver Whitecaps - Cascadia Cup Three Questions

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The battle for the Cascadia Cup is as tight as ever. The Timbers have the early lead, but the Vancouver Whitecaps and Seattle Sounders FC are better teams and in a points tie for the third spot in the West. Saturday's 1 PM match isn't just for key points in the trivalry contest, but has implications for the Playoff hunt.

Whitecaps sign centerback O'Brien

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The Vancouver Whitecaps might have one of the better defenses in MLS, but that has not stopped head coach Martin Rennie from further strengthening that part of his team.

The Whitecaps announced Wednesday that they have signed veteran centerback Andy O'Brien, who has spent the last decade-and-a-half playing in England.

"Off The Bench" Episode 17

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Luke Lohr is joined by head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps, Martin Rennie to discuss the team's progress under his tenure and what he envisions for the future. Rennie also discusses his team's place in the West and shows respect to several opponents. Major League Soccer's All-Time leading goalscorer Jeff Cunningham lends his time as well to talk about his move back to the states and joining the NASL leading San Antonio Scorpions.

2012 MLS, Week 21: What To Watch For

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What will Martin Rennie do with the Whitecaps next? (Getty Images)

The 2012 MLS All Star break is over if you even want to call it a break. It may be hard to believe but we are at the final week of July on the regular season slate and oddly enough CONCACAF Champions League group play starts up again next week.

Whitecaps add Miller as third DP

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Fresh off of moving Davide Chiumiento and Sebastien Le Toux, the Vancouver Whitecaps added a potent attacking weapon to their disposal by signing Scotland national team captain Kenny Miller on Monday.

The Whitecaps signed Miller as their third Designated Player, and the 32-year-old striker will provide another lethal scoring threat up top for head coach Martin Rennie.

Vancouver Signs Kenny Miller To DP Deal

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Kenny Miller is a big risk but could be a big "get" for Vancouver. (Getty Images)

Many wondered last week why the Vancouver Whitecaps would be quick to trade away forward Sebastien Le Toux. It turns out they had an even bigger deal set in motion that required such a trade.

The Whitecaps announced the signing of of Scottish international striker Kenny Miller as the club's newest Designated Player.

Whitecaps sell Chiumiento to FC Zurich

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As the Vancouver Whitecaps prepare for an all-Canadian battle with Toronto FC tonight, they'll do so without one of their most inventive and creative players.

The Whitecaps sold Davide Chiumiento to FC Zurich for an undisclosed transfer fee, a move that abruptly ends the playmaker's time in MLS.

Who should be hired as Portland's next coach?

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The dust is just settling in the aftermath of John Spencer's dismissal as coach of the Portland Timbers, with the second-year MLS club looking for a new candidate who will carry the team to new heights.

Gavin Wilkinson, the club's general manager and former coach during the team's USL days, has been given the interim reins for the remainder of the season while the club searches for its long-term replacement.

Whitecaps pick up ninth shutout, Chivas' struggles at home continue

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CARSON, Calif.-- After a solid win at Colorado on Wednesday, the Vancouver Whitecaps were looking continue their road trip success. Chivas USA, back from their two week break in MLS action, came into Saturday night's match at the Home Depot Center trying to pick up their third win at home this season.

Official: Union Trade With Vancouver To Sign Bakary Soumare

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The Philadelphia Union and Vancouver Whitecaps officially announced a trade that brought Bakary Soumare back to Major League Soccer.

Vancouver sent a second rounder SuperDraft pick in 2013 to Philadelphia in exchange for allocation money and the Union's 2013 first round SuperDraft selection.

Union, Whitecaps announce trade that brings Soumare to Philadelphia

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Bakary Soumare is officially back in MLS as a member of the Philadelphia Union.

The Vancouver Whitecaps and Philadelphia Union announced their trade Tuesday in which the Whitecaps acquired allocation money and the Union's first-round pick in the 2013 MLS SuperDraft in exchange for the top spot in the MLS allocation order and a 2013 SuperDraft second-round pick.

Galaxy win third in a row against Whitecaps

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What a week for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

Playing three matches in a one-week span, that latter two against the two of the top three teams in the Western Conference, the Galaxy emerged from its busy week unscathed. First came a 3-2 win on the road against Real Salt Lake in which it erased a two-goal deficit, then came Saturday against the Vancouver Whitecaps, as the Galaxy jumped on the third-place Whitecaps early and often and coming out with a 3-0 win on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center.

MMCB: Welcome to the Reality of MLS

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Sunday's loss by the Dynamo to the Vancouver Whitecaps sucked. The team didn't play poorly per se, they were just simply out gunned by a talented team on the rise that had all their weapons at their disposal. Meanwhile, Dominic Kinnear was forced to walk in to battle with a severely limited arsenal.

Breaking Down the Opposition: Kicking the Whitecaps While They're Down

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There may not be a better time to play the Vancouver Whitecaps than this Saturday. Fresh from their devastating Canadian Championship defeat to the worst team in the world, and after weeks of overlap between the Championship and continued MLS play, the Whitecaps are going to be drained, emotionally and physically.

TFC, Vancouver battle for Canadian championship, CCL berth

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For the Vancouver Whitecaps and Toronto FC, the Voyageurs Cup is there for the taking at BMO Field Wednesday night.Â

The two clubs square off in the second leg of the Canadian championship final (8 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet), with one earning domestic bragging rights and a place in this summer's CONCACAF Champions League.

Seattle Sounders at Vancouver Whitecaps - Gamethread for Cascadia Cup Round One

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Today's match between the Vancouver Whitecaps and the Seattle Sounders isn't about a trophy (though it will influence the Cascadia Cup). It would be easy to say it is about rivalry, as the competition between these cities within soccer goes back nearly 40 years and 125 games. Instead though, it is about standings.

Whitecaps vs. Sounders: 3 Questions With 86 Forever

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As we like to do, we reached out to our Vancouver Whitecaps blogger Benjamin Massey of 86 Forever. Here are our questions and his answers:

1 - Prior to the season many observers thought that the Whitecaps would be defined by their offense. It's been OK, but not great. What will it take to get better?

2012 MLS, Week 11: Predictions

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The SuperClasico kicks off this weekend. (Getty Images)

It will be yet another busy weekend in Major League Soccer. Nine games headlined by two big rivalry games stretched across two days.

Plenty of interesting things to watch for after yesterday's two big trades involving Chivas USA.

Revolution midfielder haunts former club

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Saturday night, the New England Revolution defeated the Vancouver WhiteCaps 4-1 at Gillette Stadium. The match held a special significance for Revs midfielder Lee Nguyen, who was released by the WhiteCaps earlier in the season.

Nguyen did not disappoint, scoring twice and adding an assist, propelling the Revolution to victory.

Revolution vs. Vancouver Whitecaps: Live Game Thread

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After a busy road schedule to begin the season, The Revolution return to Gillette Stadium tonight where they will play 7 of their next 9 games. They begin this important home stretch against a revamped Vancouver Whitecaps team that tied the Revs for worst in MLS last season, but have since turned things around significantly since Martin Rennie took over at the helm.

Salgado sparks Whitecaps, TFC draw Impact in Canadian championship

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Martin Rennie may have found something in using Omar Salgado on the left wing.

Salgado had a hand in goals scored by Eric Hassli and Atiba Harris, as the Whitecaps cruised by FC Edmonton 2-0 in the first leg of their Canadian championship semifinal tie Wednesday night. Salgado cut down the left side and got to the end line before playing a ball back to Hassli at the top of the box for the opening goal, and his chip hit off the post and right to Harris for the second.

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The MLS Grinder: The Beautiful League

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Ed. note: As we continue to march through the crushing heat of mid-summer, I am continuing with my broad-themed Grinder series. After beginning with a look in on Wondo's goal-mouth prowess (did you see his set-up on Lenhart's tying goal this weekend?) and moving to Martin Rennie's shrewd tactical maneuvers last week, we move on to another biggie this week: the league's forever-morphing identity.

The MLS Grinder: Is Martin Rennie sandbagging everyone?

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The 'Caps are being remade. In Rennie's image. I tried. So hard did I try to dislike everything the 'Caps had done over the past few weeks. I, like many others, looked at Martin Rennie with the kind of narrowed eye one gives to a dog who'd just festooned the carpet with the contents of its stomach.

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DeMerit solid in unexpected 90 minute performance against Chelsea

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CHESTER, Pa. -- The plan was never for Jay DeMerit to go the distance against Chelsea. No, the plan MLS All-Stars head coach Ben Olsen originally had drawn up included replacing DeMerit at halftime so as to limit his minutes ahead of he and the Vancouver Whitecaps' visit to Real Salt Lake on Friday.

2012 MLS, Week 20: Power Rankings

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It was another busy, crazy week in Major League Soccer. Loads of games that saw the home teams go unbeaten. So with that there was plenty of movement in the rankings here. We have two new clubs in the bottom tier and above that saw teams swapping places left and right.

The playoff race is certainly heating up here!

2012 MLS, Week 16: Power Rankings

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After a busy week that saw six games in the midweek and eight on the weekend the Power Rankings saw plenty of movement.

At the end of it all we have a new leader in the clubhouse as well as one team inching their way back towards Tier 2.

Here is how I see things after this past week.

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NASL: Carolina Still Vying for League's Elite

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The past two matches for the Carolina RailHawks have served as evidence that the team is still rebuilding in the wake of Martin Rennie's departure at the end of last season. The team sits now in 5th place with a humble 5-6-5 record.

Article by Doak Gips That not so great iPhone picture above this paragraph is

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Article by Doak Gips
That not so great iPhone picture above this paragraph is from my time in the upper-deck at BBVA Compass Stadium this past weekend, as the Dynamo defeated FC Dallas, 2-1. That stadium is really fantastic. They did a great job keeping all the noise in, and that stadium gets very loud.

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Thursday Afternoon Union Freekicks: Jamaica Tomorrow

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Today's open discussion thread, complete with your daily dose of Philadelphia Union, MLS, and U.S. National team related news and notes...

The U.S. is in pain heading into World Cup qualifiers [Frank Isola,] - "Injuries and fitness have robbed the United States of most of its best midfield heading into a pair of matches with Jamaica.

CONCACAF Champions League – Match Recaps – 2 August 2012

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The Seattle Sounders cruised to a win over Caledonia, Olimpia dominated CD Fas at home, and W Connection were held by Xelaju in the CONCACAF Champions League on August 2, 2012.

Olimpia 3-0 CD Fas

The home side were in total control as they had three different goalscorers and held CD Fas to one shot on goal.

SBI Mid-Season MLS Coach of the Year: Frank Yallop

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A year after missing the playoffs, the San Jose Earthquakes boast the top record in Major League Soccer. And veteran coach Frank Yallop, it's safe to say, deserves much of the credit.

Yallop has led the Earthquakes to an 11-4-3 record with a league-leading 36 goals scored. After winning titles with San Jose in 2001 and 2003, the 48-year-old coach has his side in contention for a third MLS Cup.