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Aaryn Vivian - Vancouver Whitecaps/mlsfemale
Official Vancouver Whitecaps Reporter

By Aaryn Vivian // @aarynvivian

The Vancouver Whitecaps first wave of roster moves under new manager Marc Dos Santos came this week as it was announced on Tuesday that options had been picked up on seven players, while another nine would be packing their bags and leaving Vancouver.

Among those picked up were striker Erik Hurtado, midfielders Nicolas Mezquida, David Norman Jr., and Yordy Reyna, defenders Doneil Henry and Brett Levis, and goalkeeper Sean Melvin.

The club will be bidding adieu to striker Myer Bevan, midfielders Marvin Emnes and Aly Ghazal, defenders Jose Aja, Roberto Dominguez, and Aaron Maund, and goalkeepers Stefan Marinovic and Spencer Richey

Last but certainly not least, the Whitecaps elected not to exercise the option on Brek “Public Enemy #1” Shea.  Shea faced harsh criticism during his time in Vancouver largely surrounding status as a designated player (DP) in 2017, his salary and the complete and utter lack of return on investment.  As the second highest paid Whitecaps player, Shea made 28 appearances and scored 3 goals during the 2018 season.  He struggled to stay healthy throughout his two seasons in Vancouver and was not a regular starter under former club manager Carl Robinson

The people of Vancouver have been rejoicing since the announcement that Brek was on his way out of town:

But there are many in the Twitter-verse who are hoping their teams pick up Shea in the offseason, including Minnesota United FC and his former clubs Orlando City FC and FC Dallas.  Only time will tell if he lands back in the MLS but if Vancouver has any advice at all to offer the other teams in the league: Check yourself before you Brek yourself.

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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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