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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

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VANCOUVER, B.C – The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on Friday, June 7. Fans from around the world will be tuning in for a month of fantastic women’s football. Twenty-four teams will compete in France, for a chance to hoist the World Cup on July 7, in Lyon.

Canada will take on Group E opponents, Cameroon, New Zealand, and the Netherlands in Montpellier (June 10), Grenoble (June 15), Reims (June 20). There will be a sense of familiarity for no.5 ranked Canada, who also faced New Zealand and the Netherlands when Canada hosted the 2015 World Cup. Canada earned a draw vs both countries.

Just like fans across the country, Vancouver Whitecaps FC players will be cheering on Canada. Many Whitecaps FC players know the Canada’s women’s national team, and have met, trained, and been in the same environment representing Canada.

While on an MLS Gold Cup break, several Whitecaps FC players shared their thoughts on Canada’s chances at the World Cup, and the brilliance that is, Christine Sinclair.

“Yeah, I support them,” Doneil Henry explained to Har Journalist. “I love our women’s national team. Jordyn Huitema, just signed at PSG, and (Janine) Beckie at Man City. We have some really talented women on the national team. I’m excited to see them continue to go far. Knowing that John (Herdman) has a lot of history with the women’s side, and the respect that he has for them. I just wish them the best. I just know that they’ll do us all proud.”

“They’re a great team,” Russell Teibert said. “From what I know, from Canada Soccer, they’re going to be a hard working team. They’re going to do everything possible to keep Canada at the top of women’s soccer. We’re familiar with the team, because John (Herdman) was the women’s national team coach. I think we’re all together as a family in Canada Soccer.”

“They’ll get out of it (Group E) for sure,” Max Crepeau predicted. “No pressure on the women’s team, but they’re really really good, honestly. In the last few years, they’ve been dominate, I’m pretty confident that we’ll get out of the group. I hope they go to the semis, but one game, at a time.”

“I’ve been in the Whitecaps program since I was fifteen ” Theo Bair revealed. “I made some friends at school along the way. Elite Girls players, Julia Grosso, Jordyn Huitema, and Jayde Riviere. All three, really good players, promising players for Canada, and my good friends. I’ve seen all of them work, not only on the field, but off the field. They’re great athletes, people, great students, and I think that applies both ways.”

Christine Sinclair is arguably the greatest professional football player Canada has ever had. As she closes in on U.S. Soccer great, Abby Wambach’s, all-time goal-scoring record of 184 goals. Whitecaps FC players can’t wait to see Sinclair make history and set the record. It’s quite likely that Sinclair won’t remain on her 181 goal total for very long.

“Sincy’s been doing it forever,” Henry said. “Since I was a young one with Toronto, I’ve been seeing her score goals, everywhere, at every stage. I can’t wait for her to beat it, because she’s definitely going to do it.”

“I just think she’s the best Canadian soccer player,” Derek Cornelius added. “She carries herself very well. She’s a good role model for a lot of the ladies coming up. She just leads our country in the right way, and of course she’s a great soccer player.”

“I think it’s going to happen,” Brett Levis said with confidence. “I think it would be huge for soccer players all over Canada, for us to hold a record like that. It’s pretty unbelievable.”

“The killer instinct,” Crepeau said of Sinclair. “You have half a chance and you create a goal out of it. This is why she’s on top of the list for sure.”

As we witnessed four years ago, Canada’s women’s national team has the ability to capture the entire country from coast to coast. Canada is in with a real shout to make some damage at the World Cup. Twenty-three players will represent the red and white in France. Whitecaps FC players will be among the biggest supporters of the women’s team.

“We love our women’s national team,” Henry beamed. “While the men were in a slump for a very long time, the women have held the country really proud. The women are great. They’re tenacious. I think we’re definitely one of the few nations on the women’s side who can definitely win it.”

“Absolutely, I’ll follow,” Teibert said. “I’m a big supporter of Canada Soccer. I was a big supporter of the women’s team when they were here. I really enjoyed going to watch the games at B.C. Place.”

“I’m excited, I think it’s a very exciting team,” Levis explained. “I know they have a lot of young players. They’ve got some Whitecaps REX Girls players, hopefully they get their opportunity. It’s always fun to see the country rally around when the World Cup comes around. I’m just excited to watch.”

“As long as they played united,” Bair explained. “They’re a very strong group. I’ll tune in when I can, as long as I don’t have training. I’ll try to watch them because I want to support them.”

The football world, isn’t all that big. When Canada is on the biggest stage, they can know that there will be support in all corners of the country. Whitecaps FC players want to see them do well and succeed. Canada Soccer is one big family.

 

 

 

 

 

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VANCOUVER, B.C – The Toronto Raptors will make history tonight when they host the Golden State Warriors in the first NBA Final game outside of the United States. The Raptors have the support of the an entire country behind them from coast to coast.

The support extends to Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s biggest Raptors fan, Doneil Henry. The 26-year-old Henry, has fond memories of going to games with his family, well before the ‘We The North’, Drake, Raptors brand took off to unexpected levels.

“I had an aunt that use to bring me out to the Raptors games,” Henry explained exclusively to Har Journalist. “When Vince Carter was there. Just when Toronto started to have a buzz around basketball. Carter, the Junk Yard Dog (Jerome Williams), Mo Pete (Morris Peterson), these are the type of guys I think about when I think about the Raptors.”

The Brampton, Ontario native is a primo Raptors fan. He has lived through all the ups and downs from Alonzo Mourning, Rafael Araujo, to Andrea Bargnani. Henry knows that building a championship contender takes time, it can’t be build overnight. Seeing the Raptors in the NBA Finals after twenty-four years makes it all that more enjoyable.

“I’m a real fan, I’m not a hater,” Henry explained. “I’m the type of guy, it doesn’t matter how the team is doing. We trust the process. I’m a sportsman, I understand the game from a professional level. I know it’s not easy for a player, or management. Everybody wants to do well, and sometimes it takes time to get all the pieces right.”

Toronto Raptors President, Masai Ujiri, has found the right pieces to put his team in a position to upset one of the best NBA teams to take to the hardcourt. Kyle Lowry was always an x-factor, but adding Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors reach new heights. It has also helped having nemesis, LeBron James in the western conference with the LA Lakers.

The Warriors are a once in a generation NBA franchise. They have re-written the book on how to play basketball. There is no poor shot when Steph Curry pulls up. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala all know what it takes to win an NBA title. Even with Kevin Durant waiting on the sidelines. Henry isn’t wavering.

“I have no fear, I have no worries,” Henry revealed. “I believe in the team, we have really good players. If any games I felt like we were in any trouble, it was the (Milwaukee) Bucks. No-one can mark (Giannis) Antetokounmpo. He’s a great player, young player, explosive, and aggressive.”

“I think that with Golden State, we match up better with them,” Henry continued. “We have lock down defenders that can defend the perimeter. Now it’s the question of who is going to guard Kawhi…”

Toronto could be the toughest team the Warriors have faced in the previous four NBA Finals. The Cleveland Cavaliers tried, but only managed to win once. For Henry, it’s not a matter of if the Raptors will win, but how many games it will take.

“Six, in The Six.” Henry said with confidence.

“I love the Toronto Raptors,” Henry beamed. “It’s really good to see that we’re in the finals.”

If the Raptors win game six at Oracle Arena, in Oakland, California, Henry will be ready to celebrate in his own special way. You won’t see him in his favourite purple Tracy McGrady jersey cheering on Yonge Street during a potential parade.

“Nope, I’m not into all of that.” Henry said.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – It’s back to back results for Vancouver Whitecaps FC at B.C. Place after earning a 1-1 draw at home to the Philadelphia Union. Doneil Henry opened the scoring with his second goal of the season, only to see Kacper Przybylko score in the second half.

A crowd of 17,835 was on hand to see Whitecaps FC improve to 1-5-3 on the season.

While Vancouver created numerous scoring opportunities they had trouble finishing in the final third. Coach Marc Dos Santos was left feeling frustrated by the result.

“We did enough to win the game,” Dos Santos said post-match. “We created enough opportunites, but if you don’t finish your chances, you’re always playing on the edge. In this league the teams are good, everybody has some qualities. So you can’t play like that all the time in the edge. I felt that we did enough in the 90 minutes overall to win the game and today we lost two points.”

In his first career MLS start, Pennsylvania native, Matt Freese, made four saves. The 20-year-old, was cool under pressure as he made sure his team earned a valuable point on the road.

“It felt really great to be in net,” Freese told reporters. “Looking back at the whole game, it was definitely an exciting game. It was fast paced, especially on the turf. That was a pretty even match, both sides getting some chances. I think we played well, it wasn’t our best game, but I’m really happy that we fought back and got the point in the end.”

Yordy Reyna was the most noticeable Whitecap in the opening forty-five. The Peruvian international was had his best showing of the season. Reyna hit the crossbar in the 14th’ minute. He also had an opportunity to score in the 35′ minute, when Freese was forced into making a terrific point blank save.

“Yordy does everything that I think a number nine should do,” Dos Santos explained. “He deserves the goal, but it’s an example for the other number nines also to look at. When he doesn’t have the ball he’s very loyal to the team. He runs, he steps, he presses, not only the centre back but if their defensive midfielder has the ball, he turns and he comes in and presses them.”

Whitecaps FC broke through with the opening goal of the match in the 41 minute. Centre back, Doneil Henry smashed home a header off a Ali Adnan corner. The Union failed to cover Henry, and his second goal of the season gave Vancouver a 1-0 advantage.

Vancouver looked to double their lead after the interval. Reyna was off to the races, but he was just too fast. He chipped Freese, and began his goal celebration before his tally was called back for being offside.

“He’s always in movement,” Dos Santos said. “Always trying to make important runs. Then again he needs to be sharper when he’s around the box, but he knows that, he’s working on it. Today he deserved a goal, it’s very sad that he had to come out because I felt that we were good in the game. Coming out it forced a substitution, and we lost a bit of [momentum] once he came off.”

It wasn’t all good news for Yordy Reyna, and he was forced to exit the match in the 65′ minute. Reyna pulled up and looked to be favouring his left hamstring. He was helped off the pitch, and replaced by striker, Joaquin Ardaiz.

Philadelphia quickly tied the match 1-1 in the 66 minute. Ali Adnan lost the ball, and Kacper Przybylko was in a prime position to race in on Max Crepeau. The 26-year-old picked the perfect time to score his first career MLS goal, in his first MLS start.

“When I scored the goal, there was no feeling, but I just wanted to continue and to win the game, and to score the next goal.”

Whitecaps FC did everything they needed to do, except earn all three points. The Caps dictated play, had plenty of scoring chances, but could not break the Union. Philadelphia played a strong road match. It was clearly a match of two points lost for the home side.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Maxime Crepeau; Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Russell Teibert, Jon Erice(C), In-Boem Hwang; Victor PC Giro, 79 (Lass Bangoura), Yordy Reyna, 65 (Joaquin Ardaiz), Lucas Venuto. 4-3-3

Philadelphia Union Starting XI: Matt Freese; Ray Gaddis, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Olivier Mbaizo; Haris Medunjanin, Alejandro Bedoya(C), Brenden Aaronson, 60 (Picault), Jamiro Monteiro; Kacper Pryzbylko, David Accam, 75 (Warren Creavalle). 4-4-2

VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Daily Hive for my latest story on Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for Whitecaps FC player reaction on Canada Soccer’s hiring of John Herdman for the men’s national soccer team.

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VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Red Nation Online for my feature on Whitecaps FC centre-back, Doneil Henry.

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