Vancouver Whitecaps were the 17th team to take part in Major League Soccer and are one of only a Simpsons’ handful of Canadian teams who take part. Although founded in 1974, they joined the Western Conference in 2010 and as such, have a limited history in MLS. They were, however, the first Canadian team ever to qualify for the MLS playoffs after making it to the world-famous knockout competition in 2012. There’s a lot more to Vancouver Whitecaps than being the most successful MLS side in Canada, but that’s a fact!
From their beginnings in the 2011 season, The Whitecaps won their first game in a thriller, 4-2 with the Whitecaps’ first-ever goal scored by Eric Hassli. They failed to win any of their next eleven, however, and following a draw with New York Red Bulls, their first MLS manager, Teitur Thordarson was spectacularly given his marching orders. The team improved in 2012 after the temporary stewardship of Tom Soehn was replaced on a permanent basis by Martin Rennie. He led The Whitecaps to a World Pro Soccer Classic victory by defeating fellow Canadian side Toronto FC 1-0 thanks to a solitary goal from Camilo.
In 2013, The Whitecaps finished 7th in the Western Conference, missing out on postseason in agonizing fashion…which spelled the end for Martin Rennie. A fourth manager in less than three calendar years, but in 2014, they qualified for the MLS playoffs for a second time, again breaking new ground for a Canadian team.
Playing their home games at BC Place since 2012, they have become a formidable opponent for anyone, but can they turn 2016 into the year they move forward? We have our doubts. They will need investment, and perhaps more crucially, cohesion to stand any chance. With some consistency in personnel as well as financial backing, they could become a powerful MLS side. But with this team still relatively young in development terms, we think they may have to wait another twelve months before success arrives at least.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Betting Lines Today
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Scores & Schedule
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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Standings Right Now
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How To Win At Vancouver Whitecaps FC Betting
Rated at +1200 to win the MLS Cup just a few days after season start, some pundits rate The Whitecaps as a decent shout to win their maiden MLS Cup and become the first Canadian side to lift the most coveted trophy in American Soccer. They must have been seeing something we’re not, as The Whitecaps have several deficiencies that look costly when stacked up against other sides in and around them in the Western Conference.
It’s not that The Whitecaps don’t have flair, in fact they have that in abundance. Octavio Rivero can hurt any defense and he will score almost every time they win. If he is in good form and The Whitecaps’ defense is holding firm – it’s rare – then they are a decent bet at BC Place purely because the odds will be great.
Their newest home stadium is not (or has ever been) a fortress, but their home record is going to be way better than the results on the road, because The Whitecaps do not travel well.
The worrying Whitecaps’ trend of travel sickness has continued well into 2016, with the team losing four out of their first five away games. That simply doesn’t add up to anyone winning the MLS Cup, with aggregate games tough to win if you cannot get a result on the road. Avoid backing them to take the MLS Cup but back at BC place whenever Octavio Rivero is performing well and The Whitecaps have a solid first-choice defense on the pitch. It won’t be often.