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  1. The Beaver

    Georges Mukumbilwa

    Not to over hype the young man, but he seems to have many of the same attributes as Davies. Really good on the dribble, incredible energy and athleticism and a fair dose of audacity too.
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    Georges Mukumbilwa

    Just nailed the crossbars on a wicked volley in the match vs. the Galaxy. I have only seen a bit of this kid in preseason and he looks lively and quick. Exciting prospect
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Now official: Montero back with the Caps! We've a couple of solid forwards now, which is a relief. Excited to see how this team gels under MDS. There will be some bumpy patches, for sure, but I love a man with a vision. https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2019/02/15/whitecaps-fc-bring-back-mls-all-star-striker-fredy-montero
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Yes, he has officially parted ways with Sporting. This would be an important acquisition for a very young and unproven Caps side. He will bring experience and leadership and soccer smarts and true professionalism, a model for all the young guys, and a proven goal-scorer. Has anybody heard more about the idea of the Caps signing Ruiz? Or is that dead? He's another guy who'd bring instant quality and leadership.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    The midfield was starting to click as the first half wore on, which gives me hope. Lots of new guys still to add, all of them likely starters, so I will continue to reserve judgement for quite a while longer. It is going to take time for this team to gel, and it will likely take a bit longer considering how many new faces there are AND the fact they are learning MDS's system. But some of the neat, short passing looked promising, and if the new guys can raise the levels a couple more notches, then this could be a fun team to watch. But I get the strong sense the team will not really be ready for the opener. I feel MDS needs another two weeks on top of what he has to get everyone integrated and start building chemistry.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    My perdiction: Cornelius will win one of the two starting CB roles this year. Doneil will not. I hope they both see a lot of the pitch but I have huge concerns about Henry, especially within the MDS system.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Fair point wrt Ruiz. And I have the same concern about Teibert. If he is moved out, I hope he can land with another MLS squad. I think he has the chops to contribute at this level.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    From what I've read, the Caps are indeed looking for a more seasoned forward, and Montero would be a great fit. His work rate is remarkable and he will fit in well with MDS's game plan. The Ruiz rumour is a bit of a headscratcher, only in so much as the squad seems very deep in that role. But I would not complain to have his experience and skill on this team. It makes for a very strong midfield, especially down the centre, something the Caps have not really had for many seasons. The team remains very young, but with plenty of upside. This is a squad that is being built for a big playoff run NEXT year, and the year after. Having said that, I am excited to see this group grow under MDS. Hell, I am even going to watch their first pre-season game tonight!
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Good stuff. He certainly seems like a guy who will be a leader and a calming presence out there. If he bosses the midfield, with Hwang doing his thing in front of him, then we might--finally--have the general in the middle that we need. As for how the Caps found him, MDS is revamping how they scout and identify players. I also think he knows how to assess a player better than Robbo and his crew did. We won't really know until we are well into the season if this is true, but it certainly seems the case.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    yeah, I feel the same. But I've a feeling Reyna is going to be stellar this year. Could be wrong, but seems like MDS is building a soccer savvy and high intensity squad, and that Reyna is going to benefit from both having better quality around him AND having a team playing a cohesive style/strategy. We might have a team that can actually play with the ball at their feet for decent spells...
  11. Interesting and encouraging to see many of these young guys taking the next step in the evolution of their footballing careers recently. In fact, in the month of January alone we've seen Davies debut with Bayern, David join a new side, Millar join SPL, Tabla join Abacete, and Legeault join the Impact. These are all steps in the right direction. Even a guy like Cornelius joining the Caps is a step up, though maybe he does not qualify as a prospect anymore. Same with MAK at LA.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Effy and Caps mutually agree to part ways. Nobody will be surprised by this news, but I will admit that I am happy this is now resolved. Nothing against Juarez personally; I just do see how he fits MDS's plans. Plus Juarez did not contribute at the level he was supposed to last season, by any measure.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Agree with most of this, but I will reserve judgement on the notion that the Caps are pocketing most of the Davies dollars. MDS made it very clear during a press conference that he is building this team in phases and that he and the organization WILL spend on bigger players at the right point in his plan. I think he wants to build a solid foundation first, establish a consistent style of play, test the group he has, and then make refinements over the course of the season and into next year. Sounds to me that once he has a squad ready to do something in the playoffs he will bring in one or two players who can make a big difference. But, to quote one of MDS's favourite phrases, it is a process. Who knows if his strategy will work, but at least he is being strategic.
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    Excited to see who they sign up front
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    Vancouver Whitecaps offseason 2018-2019

    If we add the CB from Argentina and a couple of bona fide goal scorers, then MDS has pretty much filled out the roster, no? So, GlassCity, is MDS still pursuing the Icelandic fellow? Who else up front? Camillo? Cavallini?
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