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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Coach Marc Dos Santos on July 24, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.




Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs San Jose Earthquakes at B.C. Place on July 20, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER, B.C – The San Jose Earthquakes added to Vancouver’s misery with a 3-1 victory over Whitecaps FC. Chris Wondolowski, Vako, and Magnus Eriksson each scored to counter an opening first half tally from Doneil Henry. A crowd of 17,558 went home disappointed as Whitecaps FC are now winless in nine matches across all competitions.

“I thought that in the locker room before the game, we looked very motivated to play the game,” Coach Marc Dos Santos said. “I felt that in the first fifteen minutes, we came out and we were aggressive. We got the first goal, I felt good about the start. When we conceded the two goals, mentally, it’s hard, right now, for us. To get a reaction there, it’s hard. It gives us also, a lot of answers for the future.”

Whitecaps FC slump to 4-11-8 on the campaign, and remain at the bottom of the western conference with 20 points. Vancouver has been outscored 17 – 2 in their last five MLS matches. You have to go back to May 25, 2019 for Vancouver’s last MLS victory.

“At the end of the day, we deserved to lose. They were the better team.” Dos Santos said.

A resurgent Earthquakes squad jump up to 10-7-4 with 34 points.

Second year winger, Magnus Eriksson, spoke about San Jose’s bounce back season.

“We have a coach that believes in us,” Eriksson explained to Har Journalist. “I think that’s really really important. A whole coaching staff that believes in what we’re doing. Believes in us as players, humans, which is really important. I think that I speak for a lot of guys, we feel like we’re on the right track this year. I think everybody has enjoyed it a lot this year. We needed it, after last year.”

Whitecaps FC got an early lead thanks to a quality finish from centre-back, Doneil Henry. Yordy Reyna sent in a free kick, that San Jose had trouble clearing. Henry broke free, and curled home his third goal of the season to put Vancouver ahead 1-0, just 7′ minutes in.

San Jose quickly answered back with a goal of their own in the 17′ minute. Vancouver’s back-four was caught ball watching, and Max Crepeau was hung out to dry. Cristian Espinoza sent in a cross that was fumbled by Whitecaps FC.

Vako was in perfect position to score his sixth goal of the season.

A calamity of errors ensued for the home-side, and San Jose was able to capitalized to take a 2-1 lead. Vako fired a shot off the post that hit Crepeau in the backside. The Caps keeper scrambled back to scoop the ball out of the goal-mouth. Chris Wondolowski converted on the vacated Vancouver net to put the visitors ahead in the 34′ minute.

San Jose scored an insurance marker in the 78′ off a lovely display of build up from Eriksson, and Espinoza. The Swedish international, had all sorts of time and space to blast his shot past Crepeau to give the Earthquakes a 3-1 advantage.

If not for Crepeau’s eight saves on the night, Whitecaps FC could have been blown out at home. The Caps shot-stopper kept his side in the match for as long as he could.

“We know it’s not good enough,” Crepeau said. “We all know it, we’re not hiding, we all know it, everyone deserves better from this club. We need to be better, bottom line.”

Despite trailing by just a goal for much of the match, Vancouver never looked like a side that was going to threaten the Earthquakes. Whitecaps FC scored first, but San Jose remained focused, and quickly took over. Vancouver’s confidence is too easily shaken, and they aren’t equipped with overcoming adversity. San Jose took all three points.


Vancouver Whitecaps FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos speaks to reporters on July 20, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

“It looks like we’re off of the playoff spot,” Dos Santos said. “It’s much more difficult right now, but mathematically everything is still on. When it comes to the Canadian Championship, it’s another competition that we’re in, and we want to try and move forward in it.”

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Max Crepeau; Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Jon Erice(C), Inbeom; Russell Teibert, 70 (Felipe) Yordy Reyna, Lass Bangoura, 62 (Joaquin Ardaiz); Fredy Montero, 76 (Theo Bair). 4-2-3-1

San Jose Earthquakes Starting XI: Daniel Vega; Nick Lima, Florian Jungwirth, Harold Cummings, Tommy Thompson; Jackson Yueill, Judson; Valeri Qazaishvilli, Magnus Eriksson, Cristian Espinoza, 82 (Paul Marie); Chris Wondolowski, 74 (Danny Hoesen). 4-2-3-1


VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s been trying times for Vancouver Whitecaps FC as they sit at the bottom of the MLS western conference with 20 points from a 4-10-8 record this season. Winless in their last eight matches across all competitions, Vancouver will try to snap a four-match MLS losing skid when they face the San Jose Earthquakes (9-7-4) at B.C. Place on Saturday night.

Whitecaps FC have been outscored 14-1 in losses to Seattle, Los Angeles FC, Kansas City, and New England. Vancouver looks like a lost team that has no chemistry, confidence, or sense of direction. The simplest passes go a miss, crosses aren’t connecting, and defensive miscues have left goalkeepers Max Crepeau, and Zac MacMath out to dry.

Does the team have the quality within themselves to snap out of the funk they’re in?

“I think we do, I think we do,” Montero told Har Journalist following training. “I’m here everyday with the guys. I know how important it is to build the confidence in training, and then showing that in the games. I know that it’s been a tough time. Especially to create chances, and score goals. I believe that this is the process, and we have to believe. At the end of the day, it’s about winning games. It’s more important to score one goal, it doesn’t matter who.”

Montero has been in and out of the starting lineup. Vancouver’s leading scorer, hasn’t found the form that he showed in 2017, when he scored 13 goals for Whitecaps FC. Montero has scored 6 goals this season, four from the penalty spot.

“Creating chances is step number one,” Montero explained. “When we have opportunities, bury them. We need to win, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals.”

The 31-year-old has played a combined 53 minutes in the last three MLS matches. He has just one attempt on target for a team that’s often starved to create offensive scoring chances.

Despite his reduction in minutes, Montero remains positive, and as focused as ever.

“A technical decision with all the coaching staff,” Montero said of his role from the bench. “All the travelling, and the amount of games we have in one month. I’m here to help, whenever I’m required to. When I’m called into the starting eleven, I will. If I’m sat on the bench, I will support my teammates. I know that we have a long way to go still.”

Far too often we’ve watched Whitecaps FC crumble under adversity. If an early goal is conceded or a decision doesn’t go Vancouver’s way, the kitchen sink falls in. Whitecaps FC are a fragile team, that’s void of confidence.

The Colombian international knows how challenging it has been to build team confidence.

“It can happen,” Montero said. “We have young players. As I said before, I’ve been through many good teams, teams that are playing for relegation, which is a lot of pressure. It doesn’t happen here. I’m telling you, one way or another. We’re going to take the next step, and win a game.”

If you are expecting Whitecaps FC to make a move on the transfer market, don’t hold your breath. Vancouver had some expensive irons in the fire, that fell through. Nothing looks to be imminent now.

Head Coach Marc Dos Santos is prepared to take the criticism now, for the future, and long term development of the club.

“There are decisions that are good to make now, and others that we just have to take the bullets. Be strong knowing that people get upset with results. I have to stick with the plan of improving this club. getting the best players possible into this club. If that means that I have to suffer today. It’s good, I’m made for that. There’s no problem.” Dos Santos said.

The MLS transfer window will remains open until August 8, but Whitecaps FC are firing blanks.

“Closer? Right now, no.” Dos Santos revealed.

If Whitecaps FC are going to right the ship, it will have to come from the squad of players already assembled.

“We are professional soccer players,” Montero said. “We have to pull our heads up. We know that we need to bring all the energy. This game is the most important, we need to win.”

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Sporting Kansas City at B.C. Place on Saturday, July 13, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER, B.C – Whitecaps FC’s winless streak has stretched to seven matches following a 3-0 loss to Sporting Kansas City. An own goal started the barrage before, Felipe Gutierrez, Gerso Fernandes scored for the visitors in front of 18,700 disappointed fans at B.C. Place.

“At this stage right now, we’re a little bit fragile,” Whitecaps FC Coach Marc Dos Santos, said post-match. “We’re in a position that every time the opponent scores, it looks heavy. We need to have a different type of mental toughness and react in a better way. When that happens, it’s hard. I have to apologize to the fans for the first half. That’s where the game happened. It was very sloppy, lack of intensity, lack of willingness mentally, not in the game for a game that’s so important for us.”

Vancouver drops to bottom of the western conference table with 20-points from a 4-9-8 record. Whitecaps FC are the only MLS side with as few as four wins this season. The Caps home record sinks to 3-4-4 with a road trip to Gillette Stadium up next.

“We’re trying everything,” Dos Santos said. “The positive of the game was Theo Bair. It was positive to have him there. It was positive to see what he tried to bring to the team. That’s great, that’s a positive sign. At this point, we’re trying everything to create. We’re trying everything to find the best solution possible.”

Sporting Kansas City improve to 6-7-7 on the campaign with 25-points.

Tim Melia made six saves to earn his sixth win, and fourth clean sheet of the season.

Looking to snap a six match winless streak, Marc Dos Santos deployed an aggressive 3-5-2 formation with Yordy Reyna, and Theo Bair leading the line. The 19-year-old, Bair, made his first MLS start, and did not look out of place generating a few scoring chances.

“Lots of adrenaline,” Bair described his first start. “Felt good, I think that it was unfortunate, not to get the lead but it’s a progress, we have a good group of players, good team and I think that as long as we believe in each other, the season will go well from here.”

Sporting Kansas City opened the scoring in the 24′ minute off a lucky deflection. Felipe Gutierrez found Gerso inside the Vancouver box. Gerso sent a cross in on goal, that bounced off Ali Adnan’s foot, and into the vacated Whitecaps FC net for an own goal.

Vancouver’s leading scorer, Fredy Montero missed the match due to a straight red card he picked up on July 6 against LAFC. Once again, Whitecaps FC struggled to create offence in the final third.

The one-goal advantage for Kansas City felt like a much larger deficit.

“It’s tough,” Doneil Henry said. “The defence has done really well. It’s a lot of pressure. It’s tough, I don’t know. I don’t want to make any excuses for why or what’s going on. But when you’re playing in a team that’s not doing as well as we want to be doing, it’s really easy to point the finger. But as a club, we’re not doing well. I think it’s kind of harsh to just say that the defence as of late has been doing poorly; as a team we’ve been doing poorly, and that needs to change.”

Whitecaps FC had a fantastic opportunity to square the match in the 47′ minute off a free kick. Inbeom sent a curling attempt over the Sporting Kansas City wall. Melia made a wonderful diving save to deny Vancouver a quick second half equalizer.

Vancouver’s brief glimmer of hope was quickly dashed in the 57′ minute when Sporting Kansas City doubled their lead. Gerso found, Felipe Gutierrez breaking into the Vancouver box. The Chilean international, caught Zac MacMath going the wrong way, and scored his eighth goal of the season to give Sporting Kansas City a commanding 2-0 lead.

Coach Peter Vermes squad wasn’t done scoring, as Gerso got in on the action. Second half substitutes, Kristian Nemeth, and Johnny Russell did all the working setting up Gerso in front of goal. MacMath was out position, and Gerso scored his first of the season.

“We know where we want to be and to be there we have to play every game to win, so doesn’t matter if we’re playing at home or away, you got to start the game, pass and try to score it as soon as we can.” Gerso said post-match.

Vancouver followed up a shocking 6-1 performance against LAFC last weekend, with abysmal effort at home. Whitecaps FC lacked creativity on offence, and did not do enough defensively to stop Sporting Kansas City.

To no surprise, supporters boo’d Whitecaps FC off the pitch at full-time.

Whitecaps FC will look to snap a seven match winless streak, in all competitions, when they travel to Foxboro to take on the New England Revolution on Wednesday, July 17.

“We just need to take it game by game,” Bair explained. “New England is a good opponent but I think that as long as we get together, get our heads straight, we can beat them.”

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Zac MacMath; Andy Rose, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy; Ali Adnan, PC, 60 (Russell Teibert), Jon Erice(C), 60 (Lucas Venuto), Inbeom, Jake Nerwinski, 89 (Joaquin Ardaiz); Theo Bair, Yordy Reyna. 3-5-2

Sporting Kansas City Starting XI: Tim Melia; Seth Sinovic, Matt Besler(C), Botond, Barath, Graham Zusi; Gedion Zelalem, 65 (Benny Feilhaber), Illie Sanchez, Felipe Gutierrez; Daniel Salloi, 89 (Johnny Russell), Yohan Croizet 71 (Krisztian Nemeth), Gerso. 4-3-3


VANCOUVER, B.C – Winless in six matches, Whitecaps FC are back in action on Saturday night at B.C. Place as they take on Sporting Kansas City, (5-7-7, 22-points). Vancouver, (4-8–8, 20-points) will be looking to break out of a slump that hasn’t seen them earn a victory since May 25. Four draws, and two losses, in all competitions has the Caps floundering.

“We have to grow offensively,” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters on Friday. “It’s been a stretch of a lot of draws. It’s also a stretch that we don’t lose much, but we tied too many. Hopefully tomorrow, we’ll be able to get back to a win.”

It’s a stretch to say Whitecaps FC have played consistent, solid football. They haven’t. A 6-1 shellacking from LAFC on July 6, was indicative of a team without confidence, that struggles to compete with top spending MLS teams.

Whitecaps FC have shown quality character, charisma, and structure, but that doesn’t necessarily translate to wins. Vancouver desperately needs a difference maker. Someone who can lead the team offensively, and create goals from nothing. It’s not enough to play solid defence, and hope to nic a goal in transition off the counter.

Players like Jake Nerwinski, aren’t waiting for someone to come in and save the season. If Vancouver is going to climb out of 11th spot in the western conference, it will have to come from within.

“We can’t really dwell on that,” Nerwinski was asked about the winless streak. “We can’t think that it’s a must win. We can’t keep that in the back of our minds. We just have to go out, and play free. We need to do the things that we plan to do right. We need to be strong defensively, and we need to score a few goals.”

The MLS transfer window opened on July 8. There are plenty of areas where Vancouver could look to make an addition. The transfer of Alphonso Davies to FC Bayern Munich brought in a MLS record (at the time) $22 million. Whitecaps FC need to splash some cash, bring in a quality signing, who can score goals immediately.

“It’s important to get better players here,” Dos Santos explained to Har Journalist. “I don’t know what you mean by splash…”

A name, someone who can make a difference right away.

“Yeah, it’s hard for us right now,” Dos Santos added. “It’s hard to bring in a big name, somebody that’s going to make a difference right away.”

Whitecaps FC were linked to 33-year-old Costa Rican international Bryan Ruiz, during the offseason. When asked in February, Dos Santos quickly put water on those rumours.

“Bryan Ruiz, I’ll say this,” Dos Santos said. “If he was mentioned, congrats to the agent because he’s trying to finally to do something with Bryan in MLS, probably. I never spoke with the agent, and I never spoke with Bryan, and only if somebody in the club spoke without me knowing, but I don’t think it’s the case. That’s a total lie. It’s not true.”

There is only one true, and tested way to build confidence, and turn around a winless streak.


Vancouver knows what they have to do. It’s just a matter of going out, and getting the job done.

“By doing the little things a little bit better,” Dos Santos explained. “By defending better, creating. It was just one game, I would tell you, we were totally out of it. It was against LAFC. We have to defend much better than we did in L.A.”

The urgency on improving the club with a summer signing should be now. The dog days are here, and Whitecaps FC should look at making a summer signing splash, before the season is completely lost.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs FC Dallas at B.C. Place on Saturday May 25, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist