Category: Vancouver Whitecaps

Tigres reach CONCACAF Champions League final as Gignac scores

Los Angeles (AFP) – Mexico’s stranglehold on the CONCACAF Champions League will be assured once more after Tigres UANL downed Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps 2-1 to set up a final showdown with Pachuca. Mexican teams have been near-invincible in the CONCACAF region’s premier club competition over the past decade, winning every title since 2006. This year’s finale will be the ninth all-Mexican affair in the past 12 competitions. Tigres, last year’s beaten finalists, had been in control of the tie against Vancouver after winning the first leg 2-0. Vancouver raised hopes of turning the tie around however when Brek ... Read more

Organic growth among Canada’s pro soccer teams producing overdue and well-earned success

Irrespective of the attitude many critics demonstrate, Major League Soccer (MLS) is a uniquely American success story. In a land that was long a professional soccer wasteland with the exception of short periods of achievement that quickly collapsed, MLS has been able to sustain itself and build an impressive product by any truly objective standard over the course of the last two decades. But now, MLS is not just a uniquely American success story, but a Canadian one as well. Canada’s passion for soccer cannot be judged by failures of its men’s national team. Nor can it be merely judged by ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 20

Here are the 10 things we learned from week 20 of the MLS season. 1. The Galaxy Raise The Stakes A fair number in MLS would tell you that the 2014 LA Galaxy was the league’s best attacking team ever. The front six – Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Stefan Ishizaki, Landon Donovan, Gyasi Zardes, and Robbie Keane – combined for 68 goals in the regular season, and added nine more in the postseason en route to the team’s fifth MLS Cup. It wasn’t just the numbers. The 2014 Galaxy had style too, dominating possession in most matches and carving out goals ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 12

Here are the 10 things we learned from gameweek 12 of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Congratulations to Chris Wondolowski The wait for Wondo’s 100th MLS goal wasn’t a long one. Eight days after heading in 99 at Avaya Stadium, the San Jose Earthquakes striker hit the century mark at Levi’s Stadium by converting a penalty with a mix of aplomb and ferocity that can only be described as admirable. It’s time to move on from Belgium. Wondolowski is a true American original. Wondo’s grit and determination are the heartbeat of MLS – this is a player who played ... Read more

10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 11

Here are the 10 things we learned from week eleven of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Seattle Is The Team To Beat The Sounders traveled up to BC Place to take on the front-running Vancouver Whitecaps, replaced Obafemi Martins with Chad Barrett, watched Barrett nab a brace, and returned to Seattle with the Cascadia Cup all but locked up and a three-game home-stand to finish May. Seattle has now won four of their last five, the only loss coming in a shootout at Columbus two weekends ago. Brad Evans continues to improve at center-back, Clint Dempsey is dealing, the ... Read more

10 things we learned from gameweek 6 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week six of the Major League Soccer season. 1. Orlando can be as good as they want to be The Lions made one of the longest road-trips in MLS to play the newly confident Portland Timbers, and dismantled them in a convincing 2-0 win. Very few teams make the Timbers look pedestrian at Providence Park. Orlando did it with panache. They have the cohesion and interchange in midfield of a team that has been together for five years, not five months. It starts with Kaka, but when Aurelien Collin is on, Orlando ... Read more

10 things we learned from gameweek 5 of MLS

Here are the 10 things we learned from week five of the 2015 Major League Soccer season: 1. Crisis in Philadelphia What’s the worse feeling for Philadelphia Union fans right now? That the Union became only the seventh team in MLS history to go into stoppage time winning and finish it losing, or that there’s next to no hope that next weekend and the weekend after will be any better. Things are about to get bad in Philadelphia, and when things get bad in Philadelphia, they get bad. Much of the blame for the Union’s MLS-worst start isn’t being placed ... Read more

Leaked photos of MLS team jerseys for 2015 season

With just one week to go until the start of the 20th MLS season, several high-profile kits have been leaked on social media for expectant fans to pour over, analyze and dissect. World Soccer Talk gives you the run-down, and our take on each one of these jerseys which will be worn by the likes of Kaka, David Villa and (maybe) Frank Lampard. Unfortunately (or fortunately in the case of MLS teams), not all of the jerseys have been leaked by the teams, so we’ll have to keep on guessing until MLS jersey week happens next week. In the meantime, here’s ... Read more