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The Devil’s Take: A look at the Vancouver Whitecaps

A few facts and some other trash talk material of LAFC’s next opponent

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake
Vancouver Whitecaps defender Jake Nerwinski (28) pass the ball during the first half against Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium. 
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Ahead of the next game, let’s try something different, just a lighthearted take on an upcoming opponent for Los Angeles Football Club.

Let me say there has been virtually no research done for this post as it is meant more to be a tongue-in-cheek look at another team in the MLS. It’s not a traditional preview of the match or anything like that.

All of that said, here is the first installment of The Devil’s Take. This week we take a look at Friday’s opponent: the Vancouver Whitecaps.


Certainly not last year’s team

While last year’s Whitecaps team reached the semifinals of the Concacaf (all lower case for some odd reason) Champions League – before dropping a 4-1 aggregate decision to Tigres UANL – this year’s Vancouver squad has been anything but dominant.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake
We aren’t going this direction are we — Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson.
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While they do sit higher in the Western Conference standings than LAFC, they have a goal differential of 9-8, most recently losing to Real Salt Lake, 2-1 (remember Real Salt Lake, yeah, the team we blasted 5-1 a few weeks ago … that Real Salt Lake).

The Salt Lake Tribune recently called Real Salt Lake “a fun team to watch.” If that’s the case, what does that make Vancouver?

Cristian who?

Vancouver has relied heavily on Cristian Techera to feed its attack. Whether it is going wide and crossing the ball in or his danger in set pieces.

So far, however, those have been virtually non-existent. He has just one assist this season to go along with eight shots that have all failed to hit anything but either the out-of-bounds barriers or something not resembling the goal.

Best team in Canada?

Not likely.

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps at Real Salt Lake
Well, that’s a new angle to play the game from.
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Since 2015, the Whitecaps are 3-4 against their Canadian brethren. In fact, they lost to Montreal Impact in the semifinals of the 2017 Canadian Championship and haven’t even whiffed a dominating performance against either Toronto or Montreal … ever.

Best team on the West Coast?

Again … not likely.

In fact, not even close.

Since 2015, the Whitecaps are 1-14-4 against teams based on the West Coast (Seattle Sounders, Portland Timbers, LA Galaxy and San Jose Earthquakes).

So, yeah, there’s that.

So much for goals

Out of their eight goals this season, six of them have been from Brek Shea and Kei Kamara. Outside of that … nada.

Not much for spreading around the wealth, are they?

Okay, you got me. There was a little research done in the creation of this post.

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