Vancouver Whitecaps

Sporting Kansas City

Sporting End Losing Streak, but Can't Top 10 Man Vancouver

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Making four changes from the team that lost on the weekend against the San Jose Earthquakes, Sporting Kansas City ended their three game losing streak getting a 1-1 draw against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place last night. Peter Vermes inserted Connor Hallisey, Diego Rubio, and Jimmy Medranda up top while Alec Kann replaced Tim Melia in net.

10-man Whitecaps hold on for tie against Sporting KC

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Down a man for a majority of the second half, the Vancouver Whitecaps had their backs against the wall, but did just enough to earn a point from Wednesday's action.

The Whitecaps had to hold on following the 51st minute dismissal of Kendall Waston, earning a 1-1 draw with Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday at BC Place.

Rangers Drop Second Straight

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The Swope Park Rangers dropped their second game of the season and second game in a row, dropping a 2-1 result against the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at the Swope Soccer Village. The Rangers first game at their home didn't go to plan for the Rangers and head coach Marc Dos Santos.

Things started very well for the Rangers as they were able to grab the lead in just the 14th minute.

Match Day 9: West Coast Swing

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Sporting Kansas City continue their West Coast road trip tomorrow with a game up in Canada against the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place. The pair has already met once this year with Kansas City winning the first match up 2-1 at Children's Mercy Park back in March.

The Whitecaps come into the game after a very productive win on the weekend, defeating FC Dallas 3-0 thanks to an own goal, Jordan Harvey, and Kekuta Manneh.

Major League Soccer

MLS Week 9: A Midweek Look Ahead

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A trio of games are set to provide a midweek slate of MLS action headlined by some of the league's biggest stars.

Starting Wednesday's action is a clash that pits David Villa against Didier Drogba, as New York City FC plays host to the Montreal Impact in a battle of Eastern Conference foes.

Tranquillo Barnetta named to MLS Team of the Week

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The Swiss midfielder was instrumental in the Philadelphia Union's victory over New York City FC.

Philadelphia Union midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta has been named to Major League Soccer's Team of the Week for Week 8. The Swiss midfielder had an assist and was instrumental in Philadelphia's 2-0 win over rivals New York City FC on Saturday, propelling the blue and gold into first place in the Eastern Conference.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 4/21/16

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The links are here, the links are fresh, the links are here to be read.

Philadelphia Union News

Jim Curtin press conference recap
Jim Curtin held his weekly press conference, you can read the main points here.

Philly Soccer Show: Union Midfielder Warren Creavalle
Union midfielder Warren Creavalle was on the Philly Soccer Show this week.

SBI MLS Power Rankings: Week 6

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Before this past weekend's action, two sides were unbeaten in MLS play. Only one remains now: Real Salt Lake.

RSL toppled the Colorado Rapids to remain unbeaten through five games an impressive mark to start the campaign. Orlando City, which remained unblemished heading into Week 5, wasn't so lucky as a Tranquillo Barnetta free kick sealed a late victory for the Philadelphia Union.

Some MLS players don't know Caldwell's name but still think he's good

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Scott Caldwell is being recognized as one of the most underrated players in MLS.

MLSSoccer.com recently released an article trying tto pinpoint the league's most underrated player. Vancouver Whitecaps' Steven Beitashour and Orlando City's Cristian Higuita were nominated, as was the New England Revolution's Scott Caldwell.

SBI MLS Team of the Month: Sporting KC

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Heading into the second month of MLS play, only one team has earned maximum points to start the season. That team is Sporting Kansas City.

With three wins in as many games, Sporting KC has collected all nine points while surging to the top of the standings, earning the club recognition as March's SBI MLS Team of the Month.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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It may have been an international break, but several MLS teams took the field last week, signaling several moves up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Last week's big winner was FC Dallas, who stormed past a helpless D.C. United side to once again demonstrate just how dangerous the team's attack can be.

SBI MLS Power Rankings (Week 4)

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It may have been an international break, but several MLS teams took the field last week, signaling several moves up and down the SBI MLS Power Rankings.

Last week's big winner was FC Dallas, who stormed past a helpless D.C. United side to once again demonstrate just how dangerous the team's attack can be.

D.C. United

The Last Word on D.C. United's loss to Toronto FC: Head, meet wall

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The Black-and-Red dominated statistically, yet never truly seemed to trouble TFC while trailing for virtually an entire 90 minutes. Why?

In the last two weeks, D.C. United has faced a Canadian visitor playing a formation that mirrors their own, but the games couldn't have gone more differently.

Early Sebastian Giovinco goals dooms D.C. United against Toronto FC

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Early goal demons returned on Saturday for the Black-and-Red, who lost 1-0 to Toronto FC after Giovinco's first minute goal

A week after D.C. United put it all together in a 4-0 win against the Vancouver Whitecaps, the Black-and-Red took a step back on Saturday afternoon, falling 1-0 to Toronto FC.

The Last Word on D.C. United's demolition of the Vancouver Whitecaps: Just a little patience

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VWFC was poor, it has to be said, but let's not dismiss the value of this game for the Black-and-Red

After a frustrating start to the season, D.C. United broke out over the weekend by steamrolling the Vancouver Whitecaps at RFK Stadium. The 4-0 win saw them score more goals over 90 minutes than they'd managed in their opening 5 MLS matches.

Filibuster podcast episode 178: D.C. United versus Toronto FC preview

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We talk to a friend north of the border to preview D.C. United's upcoming match against Toronto FC

Filibuster is back for your ears and is good for your mind. Adam, Jason, and Ben are back and are here to review D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps. We discuss whether or not they were any good, and then get into D.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps GIFs

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We look back at the fun via animated files.

Seeing D.C. United beat, and beat up on the Vancouver Whitecaps with a 4-0 win was something nobody could have expected, but we'll gladly take those types of results as a Silkwood-like shower to rinse off the stank of the winless run that lasted since last October.

Monday Freedom Kicks: Fantastic Four

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Recaps, ownership news, and Taxi Drivers?

I'd like to think part of last week happening was because I thought Fabi was a poopyface in last Monday's Kicks so...you're welcome fam!

Recaps of D.C. United's 4-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps by us (with more from us here), MLS (with more from them here) and the Washington Post.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings

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We rate player performances so you don't have to. But you can if you want.

D.C. United came into Saturday's game with the Vancouver Whitecaps on a rough week: a member of the District Ultras had been banned for setting off a smoke device, and hours before kickoff it was learned one of its owners is part of a group that will be buying Premier League side Swansea City.

D.C. United put it all together in win over the Vancouver Whitecaps

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Needing a victory to right the course, United outplayed Vancouver for 90 minutes, with Fabian Espindola and Alvaro Saborio both supplying two goals

Five weeks into the 2016 season, D.C. United was one of two winless teams in MLS. Three draws had provided several bright moments for the Black-and-Red, but they were sandwiched around two heavy losses.

Espindola double leads D.C. United romp over Whitecaps

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WASHINGTON—For Fabian Espindola and D.C. United, it's great to be home.

A two-goal showing by Fabian Espindola—coupled with a late insurance brace by Alvaro Saborio—gave D.C. United a 4-0 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night at RFK Stadium. The win is the D.C. United's first of the season.

D.C. United wins for first time in 2016 in 4-0 rout of Vancouver Whitecaps

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Two goals from Fabian Espindola, two goals from Alvaro Saborio, two assists from Luciano Acota.

D.C. United's stuttering start to the 2016 season came to a screeching halt on Saturday afternoon, as the Black-and-Red stormed past the Vancouver Whitecaps in a 4-0 win. Goals on either side of the half from Fabian Espindola had United in a good position to win their first game of the season, before Luciano Acosta assisted twice for Alvaro Saborio late in the game.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps MLS TV/streaming, previews, prediction, lineup and gamethread

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Facing a short-handed VWFC, it's high time the Black-and-Red got themselves into the win column

For the third week running, D.C. United will face an opponent missing important starters. The Vancouver Whitecaps will arrive at RFK Stadium without Pedro Morales and Matias Laba, two players who have the potential to make MLS's Best 11.

Keys to Victory: 5 things D.C. United needs to do to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps

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For the Black-and-Red, the flanks will be a huge point of emphasis for multiple reasons tonight

For D.C. United, it's an interesting moment to be playing the Vancouver Whitecaps. They're missing two key starters, and they aren't scoring goals from open play. However, United has very recently played a short-handed team that shares some broad similarities with Vancouver, and that ended in a rout.

Opposition 11: Who will the Vancouver Whitecaps start today against D.C. United?

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A normally predictable Whitecaps side has, for a variety of reasons, become a bit of a wild card.

Normally D.C. United's opponent today, the Vancouver Whitecaps, poses few real questions in terms of their lineup. Carl Robinson has mostly set his team up in a 4231, and only one or two positions were ever really in flux.

D.C. United vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 2016: Game time, TV schedule and live stream for MLS

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The Black-and-Red will be hunting their first win of 2016 against a Whitecaps side missing two key midfielders

Last week's road draw still feels like a very mixed bag for D.C. United. They showed far more nerve and intelligence in San Jose than they did when they more or less handed FC Dallas a rout in their previous game.

MLS Ticker: Ronaldinho, Doyle, NYCFC and more

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One of Brazil's most exciting players of the past decade is considering a move to MLS, while the Colorado Rapids could be without one of their key attackers after a gruesome injury.

Former Barcelona star Ronaldinho is reportedly considering MLS or the Chinese Super League for his next move, according to his brother and agent Roberto Assis.

Gershon Koffie

Gershon Koffie recognized for play against Toronto FC

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The defensive midfielder had a "near perfect night," according to Revolution coach Jay Heaps.

Gershon Koffie had himself quite a week.

Koffie returned to the field on Saturday after serving a one-game suspension. The midfielder was sensational over 90 minutes against Toronto FC, as he made six interceptions and took two shots while maintaining 92% passing accuracy.

Revolution v. Toronto FC: Three Thoughts

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Gershon Koffie needs to avoid cards and two other thoughts.

The New England Revolution tied Toronto FC 1-1 on Saturday afternoon. As has become the costume, refereeing consumed most post-game discussions. There were, however, other things to talk about. Let's take a look:

1. Gershon Koffie needs to stop getting cards.

Houston Dynamo

Sounders draw Houston Dynamo: Postgame Observations

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The draw didn't cover up any poor play. Poor play still existed, but poor play can get points in MLS.

Chad Marshall's goal was a wonderful moment. With it the Seattle Sounders are now on a loss-less streak, undefeated in two games. But there are a few problems that are as evident today as they were prior to game, maybe even more so.

Previewing the Dynamo vs. Seattle with Sounder at Heart

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We spoke with Dave Clark at Sounder at Heart to talk about Seattle's early season struggles and how they'll respond in Houston

The Houston Dynamo are ready to respond to a disappointing road loss to the Vancouver Whitecaps that was decided by a soft penalty kick call. Despite the penalty call being the difference in the 1-0 defeat, the Dynamo offense lacked potency.

Pick the Lineup against the Seattle Sounders

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With players returning from injury there are plenty of options for the starting XI. Who do you want to see start?

The Houston Dynamo are hoping to rebound at home following a disappointing 1-0 defeat against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The game was separated by a dubious penalty kick call, but the potent Dynamo offense that had defined the season up to the game was nowhere to be found in Vancouver.

DT Rewind: Week of March 27

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Recap the Dynamo's off week and the Dash's preseason win.

Sunday

DT Rewind: Week of March 20

Houston Dynamo vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Highlights

Monday

Which team is the real Houston Dynamo?

Houston Dynamo's loss can be blamed on midfield shortcomings, not on the referee

Tuesday

Houston Dynamo Player Ratings vs.

Dynamo Film Session: Willis makes one-on-one save after defensive error

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This edition of Dynamo Film Session analyzes how a huge defensive error allowed Masato Kudo to have a one-on-one opportunity.

The Houston Dynamo vs. Vancouver Whitecaps matchup was expected by many to be a thrilling goal-fest. After all, the Dynamo appeared to be very good at creating those types of games, at least judging from their first three matches.

The Rest

Whitecaps end goalscoring drought in win over FC Dallas

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have struggled on the attacking end in recent weeks, but Saturday's performance against FC Dallas saw the end of the team's goalscoring woes.

Entering Saturday's contest, the Whitecaps had gone337 minuteswithout a goal, but a trio of finishes saw the Whitecaps topple conference leaders FC Dallas, 3-0, at BC Place on Saturday.

Three Questions With: Eighty Six Forever

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We ask our Canadian counterparts some things about their friends/our foes.

Ahead of today's game where D.C. United hosts the Vancouver Whitecaps, we spoke with Bartosz Wysocki, from the Whitecaps' SB Nation home Eighty Six Forever, for some quick thoughts about the 'Caps so far this year:

Black and Red United: We know that Pedro Morales and Matias Laba didn't make the trip, and we assume that DCU alum Andrew Jacobson will probably occupy one of those spots in central midfield.

Whitecaps shake off early red card to salvage tie with Galaxy

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The Vancouver Whitecaps quickly found themselves down a man at home against the LA Galaxy, butthe team's defensive unit stepped up in a major way to earn the team a hard-fought point.

Midfielder Matias Laba was sent off in just the 28th minute, but David Ousted, Tim Parker and Kendall Waston led a strong defensive effort in a 0-0 draw with the LA Galaxy at BC Place.

Portland Timbers 2 Play Vancouver Whitecaps 2 Tonight at Merlo Field

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The Portland Timbers' USL side, Portland Timbers 2, will take on the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 tonight at Merlo Field in their home opener after playing away at Swope Park Rangers to kick off the 2016 season last weekend.
With a side full of promising youngsters and youth internationals, most of whom are still new to the Timbers' system, T2 will be an interesting experiment in its second year of existence.

Play The Kids: 2016 Episode 2

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Episode Two is out and available for your hungry ears to consume. This time around we have a link to the PTFCollective site, a link to iTunes, and the episode is embedded below for your listening convenience.

In this episode, Kevin and Josh talk about T2's first match in Kansas City against Swope Park Rangers.

Major Link Soccer: Vancouver Whitecaps Players Lose their Footing

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Brad Evans returns to training, the Vancouver Whitecaps are punished for diving, and everybody has an opinion about the US national teams.

Seattle

It's been nearly 20 hours since the latest episode of Nos Audietis was published, but there is surprisingly still no word on any major moves by the team.