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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Atlanta United

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christy Casas // @nkstar9

Saturday, June 3: 3-1 Win

Let’s just start off with a slow clap for those who thought the game was out of town and didn’t tell anyone I wasn’t going. Yea, I am looking at me. Good thing I was able to record the game and watched it with the comfort of rewind to assure my amateur reffing skills are up to par.

Vancouver Whitecaps battled it out at home with Atlanta United, both teams sat at 7th place in their respective conferences, clawing their way into a playoff spot. It’s a long season, but every game is mission critical.

Whitecaps have put in a lot of extra time on the pitch with the beginning of the season bringing the CONCACAF champions league playoffs and recently adding two games, and travel, playing in the Canadian Championship. Now with the time to focus on the MLS, it seems like chemistry and rapport are starting to come together.

Last game came with some major frustration with it being one of those games where the ball just wouldn’t fall. One of those games that was decided with a single blow of a whistle. The goal post was a foe and the force was against us. The silver lining? The ‘Caps came out and they wanted it. Though, sometimes it’s double or nothing and the Caps felt that pressure with an early Atlanta goal.

The Costa Rican captain, Kendall Waston, takes on the task of getting the boys back in the game. Waston has been disciplined, calculated, and uplifting this season, as he steps up from the back to bury one when it was needed most. Scratch that, with the momentum of the first goal, he steps up to bury a second goal in just a 14 minute span. This time off a corner from Cristian Techera.

Going into the second half ‘Caps have a 2-1 lead. But what do you know, it wouldn’t be a Whitecap game without a penalty against us. The whistle while the ball is in your box is enough to paralyze any player, let alone looking up, and seeing the man in the middle pointing to that very distinctive spot just a few feet away from your keeper. It also wouldn’t be a Whitecap game with a little bit of drama. Drama here is defined by a referee calling a penalty, having 22 sweaty angry men surround you, then talking to the linesman, then saying JK JK. It’s all good, let’s forgot about what I just did and all play together in harmony.

The third Whitecap goal was icing on the cake, but also provided a bit of confusion. Did Tim Parker score? Did Fredy Montero score? I can tell you one thing, the Whitecaps scored!

Montero got the credit and Vancouver in all it’s glory got the lift in standing and in spirit.

Until next time, #riseupraincity

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The Boys Are Back In Town

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christy Casas // @nkstar9

Saturday, May 20: 2-0 Win

The boys are back in town. They are looking good after their long road trip across Canada and as far south as Houston. Lots of miles (or kilometers if you will) and here we are in the most beautiful weather Van City has seen since last summer and it feels like home.

Tim Parker is looking strong. He has been training and you can tell. He is winning 50/50 balls being the rock that defense needs. He is also stepping up in the front, getting his head on the end of free kicks and corners. Parker got on the end of one to score the second goal of the game.

Let’s talk about the offense for a second. Can we all please note that MLS marked the Vancouver Whitecaps’ Saturday goal as the 2nd best assist in the league this week. Second? Nope, I say it is #1 and a beauty it was. On a quick, Waston to Williams, off the chest of Bolanos and volley by Techera. This put the ‘Caps up 1-0 late in the first half.

Early in the second half we saw an all too familiar scene. Fredy Montero missing the 2nd PK of the season. First one, we let pass since he followed up and finished it off. This one, was one too many, time to pass the torch.

I like Fredy Montero, but he seemed a bit frustrated and a lot flat footed. He was a step or two late to the ball and letting the defender step in front each time.

We want Brek, say it with me, “We want Brek”. After Brek’s shaky start with the ‘Caps, the fans seems to like him a lot more since he is finding the back of the net. He even scored his mom a goal on Mother’s day. We only got to see him for 6 minutes this game. I think a sub for Montero should have come a lot sooner.

Speaking of moms, my Mother-In-Law was in town, she called them the Snowycaps and I think it is just adorable.

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
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On a serious note, the Vancouver Whitecaps lost one of their own recently. An incredibility talented young man, Travis Salje. At just 17 his life was suddenly taken by a car accident. The Whitecaps and supporters of the team wanted to #standupfortravis, and we did. The community sends our love to the Salje family.

A win, a beautiful goal, and a boost of confidence. #riseupraincity

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Whitecaps vs Impact

Christy Casas - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christina Casas // @nkstar9

Saturday, April 29: 1-2 Win

OK, so I am a bit a lot late, sorry. But, hey, The Vancouver Whitecaps have a game today, let’s get excited.

What did the ‘Caps do last weekend to get the W that can be continued today?

Going down early in the game we continued to find space. So, people who know soccer always say that, but what does it mean?

The Whitecaps used runs by Jordan Harvey and Sheanon Williams to play balls into the middle then back out to the wings to create more space in the middle. This helped to create a ton of opportunities in which we were able to capitalize on. I want to emphasize that these opportunities were capitalized on.

The first Whitecap goal was a beautiful strike from Andrew Jacobson to tie the game at one a piece after falling behind 1-0 early in the game.

Cristian Techera was integral in making sure ball movement was opening up the field. After the initial goal of the game by Marco Donadel, Montreal Impact fell back and packed their defense. This required possessing the ball and making quick movements towards goal. This also led to some dangerous counter-strikes from Ignacio Piatti and the young and fun to watch Ballou Tabla.

The second goal coming from Techera was a beauty and a schooling in patience and tactical intelligence. It made me want to be a better soccer player.

Overall, the ‘Caps had more consistency with the same Starting XI as last game. Created more space with the overlapping of the defensive backs and more patience and possession as prior games.

Playing in Colorado tonight on their second last stop of their road trip, let’s root for them to #riseupraincity and finally, congrats to Fredy Montero for being voted Whitecaps FC player of the Month.

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs Toronto FC

Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christy Casas @nkstar9

Saturday, March 18: 0-2 Loss

This game was tough to watch as a fan. This game brought the Vancouver Whitecaps’ second consecutive loss and 2nd straight red card in 3 games. One thing I can say, the game wasn’t boring.

The highlights of the game are as follows: Fredy Montero offside like 18 times, Toronto defense beats our offense in the air every time, we continue to feed forwards in the air, Brek Shea gets carded, Michael Bradley screams a lot, there was almost a full team fight, Armando Cooper is a crybaby, referee is the worst referee I have ever seen. EVER.

Ok, so here are the details. Whitecaps are playing CCL games in tandem to their MLS games and it might be causing some fatigue. They traveled from Vancouver to San Jose, to Mexico and back within a week. All excuses aside, Whitecaps are not looking so hot. The decision making on the field is poor and there seems to be a lack of ability to adjust their game to that of their opponent.

In addition, the midfielders were not making runs into space. There were many opportunities for through balls, but the problem was, our mids were sitting back. They weren’t connecting any passes. They were passing into pressure and losing the ball.

Why do I sound like a high school soccer coach? Because we are talking about the basics of soccer, the BASICS.

The game was pretty physical and was called by what seemed like a ref who had been paid under the table. Just to let you know that I am not being a cry baby, the refs were shown off the field by security. Eventually, after letting the play get pretty dirty, Shea was shown a yellow, then quickly a red after something was mumbled or said to the ref.

Just shortly after the ‘Caps went down to 10 men, Toronto FC came on strong with 2 goals. That’s 5 goals in 2 games they’ve allowed after falling down a man. This is 5 too many in my opinion. If we can’t compete with 10 men, let’s not play with 10 men. Discipline please.

Well, here we are. Let’s try this again #riseupraincity

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Vancouver Whitecaps vs San Jose Earthquakes

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By Christy Casas @nkstar9

Saturday March 11: 3-2 Loss

We are off to the races with our second game of the season. Vancouver Whitecaps were hosted by San Jose Earthquakes, leaving their fans to sulk in the rain.

Full disclosure, I wasn’t able to see the game on Saturday, but I watched multiple highlight reels and here are my top 5 takeaways:

  1. It is too early in the season and it was too early in the game for David Ousted to risk a red card saving a goal. Also, they were up by 2. Down to 10 men we go.

  2. Wando (Chris Wondolowski) is ever the catalyst.

  3. The wrong substitution(s) can cost you the game. Especially when you are down a man. Strategy is the name of the game.

  4. Did the Whitecaps even make any changes or adjustments at Half-time?

  5. The Whitecaps did make some sacrifices for Tuesday’s CCL game. But, we could have won this game too, we just needed to play smarter.
It’s time to #riseupraincity
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Vancouver Whitecaps Vs. Philadelphia Union

Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christy Casas @nkstar9

While other outlets are calling the Vancouver Whitecaps’ season opener against the Philadelphia Union snoozefest, I am calling it an opportunity to learn. Coming off an emotional win in the CONCACAF Champions League just 4 days prior, the starting nine was different and so was the momentum.

One big change was seeing the likes of Christian Dean in the starting IX. Dean, was out for the entirety of the 2016 season due to two back-to-back injuries and having his father pass away. Dean’s performance was solid despite not having a start in the MLS in 555 days and perfectly in step with Tim Parker in which together, they kept the Philadelphia Union’s offence at bay.

We also saw Cristian Techera and Erik Hurtado back in action. Though, the middle seemed stifled by the amount of long balls being sent by defensive players. The length of the field wasn’t fully utilized. This excluded the speed and talent of Alphonso Davies.

Davies delighted fans during CONCACAF Champions League, scored the goal to send the Whitecaps to the quarter-final and the first goal to propel the club into the tournament Semi-final. Remember Davies is just 16 years old and seems to be adding a much needed energy to the team.

Last, but not least, I noticed that Brek Shea and Fredy Montero, when subbed-on during the second half, acted as a catalyst to breathe some life into the somewhat flat-footed Whitecaps.

More than ever, it’s time to #riseupraincity

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I Live Soccer

Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter
Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Christina Casas @nkstar9

Originally from Southern California, I grew up watching Cobi Jones and the LA Galaxy.  I also attended the 1999 Women’s World Cup final where our USWNT brought back the CUP to the US.

Playing soccer is not simply a hobby. I live soccer, dream about soccer, and the days that I get to play soccer are the best days of the week.

After moving to Vancouver, BC, I quickly found myself rooting for the Vancouver Whitecaps and becoming swept up in the passion of the community built around this soulful team.

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