Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps

[ 0 ] February 12, 2014 |
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Vancouver had a rough off-season. 2014 isn’t going to be a break-out year for them, either.

Vancouver had a tumultuous off-season headlined by the firing of a coach, the inability to sign a new one, and the bizarre negotiating tactics of Camillo Sanvezzo.

The Goal

Vancouver just missed out on the playoffs last season, which means the goal (having fired Martin Rennie) presumably would be to make it this time around.

To do so, the side will need to get far more consistent. Last season, Vancouver played well enough to compete with the top teams in the league and poorly enough to be embarrassed by bad teams. It all depended on when you saw them play.

Key Acquisitions

  • Christian Dean via Superdraft
  • Andre Lewis via Superdraft
  • Steven Beitashour via trade from San Jose
  • Sebastian Fernandez via loan from Uruguay
  • Nicolas Mezquida via loan from Uruguay

Key Departures

  • Y.P. Lee retired
  • Joe Cannon option declined
  • Daigo Kobayashi option declined
  • Brad Knighton via trade to New England
  • Camillo Sanvezzo via craziness to Mexico

Remaining Issues

The biggest remaining issue for Vancouver is its lack of identity and stable ownership group. It is unclear who is calling the shots north of the border, which might explain the bizarre playing time issues around Camillo and Darren Mattocks, as well as why the coaching search took so long.

Predictions

Vancouver’s new coach, Carl Robinson, will probably be pretty good, but I don’t think he can solve the dysfunction of Vancouver in 1 year. The Whitecaps’ point total will be similar to 2013 and the side will be in the playoff hunt at the beginning of October. They’ll either get the 5th seed in the West or barely miss out. Darren Mattocks will record at least 15 starts and emerge as a solid option for the future in Vancouver (or be traded somewhere else and emerge there).

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