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Monday
Mar052012

Rules for the 2012 Season

In an ongoing effort to improve the profile of the club on and off the field, the Whitecaps have compiled a list of rules that will govern their actions over the course of the season. These rules were developed as a way to avoid some of the more critical mistakes from last season as they move into Round 2. While any inaugural season is sure to have its share of bumps along the way, the Whitecaps have decided to learn from past incidents and try to rectify them....

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Saturday
Mar032012

Beckham Rule in MLS

American sports have a funny little system that most european football fans have a difficult time understanding. A cartel agreement administered by the leagues, but agreed upon by the owners, to place limits on the amount of money any one team can spend on player contracts.

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Friday
Mar022012

Preseason Primer - Forwards

For the fourth and final piece of the Preseason Primer segment, we will have a look at the forward group going into the 2012 season. An impressive collection of talent up front is in stark contrast to the squad last year, where Atiba Harris went down with injury early, Hassli’s early season form dried up, and Camilo was the only consistent offensive threat. With the players on hand this year to lead the line, the ‘Caps could roll 4 four different strike partnerships and still create havoc in the attacking third. Rennie will likely shift players into the midfield or out wide as he seems fit; either way, on paper we are as deep as a philosophy convention.

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Wednesday
Feb292012

Three Success Factors for 2012

March 10th is closing in fast and I couldn't be more excited. Our inaugural seasons last place finish can now move to the back of our minds as we look forward to 2012 with Martin Rennie at the helm. Here's my 3 key areas that are in alarming need of improvement from Teitur and Tommy's reign that left us with the worst record in MLS.

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Tuesday
Feb282012

Preseason Primer - Midfielders

For part three of our Preseason Primer Series we will be turning our attention to the midfielders. Keep in mind that there are some players who fall into that grey area where they may be used as midfielders or strikers depending on how they perform and what formation Coach Rennie uses. The breakdown for these positions in this post reflects where they are expected to play at the start of the season, assuming Rennie continues to use his preferred 4-3-3 (or 4-2-3-1 depending on how you visualize it).

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Tuesday
Feb282012

Preseason Primer - Defenders

For part two of our series, we will focus on the defenders. The defensive core appears to be a set group of players with limited movement between positions. As we will see in subsequent posts, this is in contrast with the midfielders and forwards whose roles may swap throughut the season in some cases. On with the profiles...

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Sunday
Feb262012

Preseason Primer - Goalkeepers

Is it pronounced phonetically the way it is spelled?...but that sounds like a dirty part of the female anatomy… Wait, the ‘g” is actually pronounced like a “y” you say? Really?? Well, that is even filthier!”

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