Vancouver Whitecaps FC – MLS Team Preview 2019

Vancouver Whitecaps FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

Vancouver Whitecaps FC - MLS Team Preview 2019

The 17th team to enter the MLS, Vancouver Whitecaps became the first Canadian team to qualify for the MLS Cup in 2012. While they were soon knocked out of Cup, it was still a historic achievement. In the 8 seasons since Whitecaps first appeared in the MLS, they have only won 1 silverware, which was the 2015 Canadian Championship. Their best conference result was 2nd place in 2015. Whitecaps also qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League twice, in 2015 and 2016.

 

Head Coach: Marc Dos Santos

Newly appointed head coach, who was an assistant and a head coach in 11 teams in his coaching career. In 11 years, he has achieved numerous titles with the clubs he managed as well as a nomination for Coach of the Year in 2009. His experience and knowledge will surely be a huge asset to the Whitecaps.

 

Transfers

DateNameMoving fromMoving toMode of Transfer
February 1, 2019 Jasser Khmiri Stade TunisienVancouver WhitecapsTransfer
February 8, 2019 Joaquín Ardaiz ChiassoVancouver WhitecapsLoan
January 23, 2019 Lass Bangoura Rayo VallecanoVancouver WhitecapsLoan
January 22, 2019 Jon Erice AlbaceteVancouver WhitecapsTransfer
January 30, 2019 Hwang In-beom Daejeon CitizenVancouver WhitecapsTransfer
January 18, 2019 Derek Cornelius Javor IvanjicaVancouver WhitecapsTransfer
December 9, 2018 Andy Rose MotherwellVancouver WhitecapsFree
February 15, 2019 Fredy Montero Sporting CPVancouver WhitecapsFree
December 9, 2018 PCOrlando CityVancouver WhitecapsTrade
January 30, 2019 Scott SutterOrlando CityVancouver WhitecapsFree
December 9, 2018 Maxime CrépeauMontreal ImpactVancouver WhitecapsTrade
December 9, 2018 Zac MacMathColorado RapidsVancouver WhitecapsTrade
January 25, 2019 Lucas Venuto Austria WienVancouver WhitecapsTransfer
February 8, 2019 Érik Godoy ColónVancouver WhitecapsLoan
February 2, 2019 Cristian TecheraVancouver Whitecaps BelgranoFree
December 30, 2018 Brek SheaVancouver WhitecapsAtlanta UnitedFree
January 28, 2019 Anthony BlondellVancouver Whitecaps HuachipatoLoan
January 1, 2019 José AjaVancouver Whitecaps Unión EspañolaFree
December 9, 2018 Nicolás MezquidaVancouver WhitecapsColorado RapidsTrade
December 9, 2018 Spencer RicheyVancouver WhitecapsFC CincinnatiTrade
December 11, 2018 Kei KamaraVancouver WhitecapsFC CincinnatiExpansion Draft
December 11, 2018 Kendall WastonVancouver WhitecapsFC CincinnatiTrade
January 1, 2019 Alphonso DaviesVancouver Whitecaps Bayern MunichTransfer
January 6, 2019 Ali GhazalVancouver Whitecaps FeirenseFree
December 14, 2018 Erik HurtadoVancouver WhitecapsSporting Kansas CityTrade

 

Expectations for the 2019 season

Vancouver Whitecaps are still far from winning the MLS Cup, but with all the changes their future looks bright. Marc Dos Santos is a great addition to the squad, which should help with the rebuilding process. As a team that is rebuilding, the expectations cannot be too high, still, I do believe they are a dark horse to appear in the playoffs. I would not bet my money on it, but I am excited to see what Marc Dos Santos can do with this team.