Vancouver Whitecaps can pull off a shock MLS triumph

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Things may not have begun as well as Vancouver Whitecaps manager Carl Robinson would have planned after an embarrassing 3-1 throbbing to Canadian rivals Toronto FC.

However, a trio of victories, which have all been clinched with last-gasp goals, have hinted that Vancouver Whitecaps can go all the way and win the MLS Cup this year.

Octavio Rivero has proved to be the ultimate unsung hero that has been brought in during the off-season. His debut goal against Toronto may not have counted for anything, but it goes without saying that his late strikes against Chicago Fire and Orlando City SC have been vital to the Caps in not just a push for the play-offs, but also a surge to win the league.

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However, whilst the Uruguayan is taking all the credit for his commendable goals thus far, those who surround him on the field deserve just as much notice courtesy of their effort-filled performances, most notably David Ousted, whose superhuman saves have earnt the South Canadian club two clean sheets from four games.

Elsewhere, Pa Madou Kah, who was also recruited by the Whitecaps scouting team in the winter from local rivals Portland Timbers, has proved to be a key asset in the team. Although he is yet to mark his territory with a first goal in the MLS, his defensive attributes have come as a great aid for the side.

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Another fresh signing for Vancouver is former Welsh international and Premier League sensation, Robert Earnshaw, also previously of Chicago and Toronto. The 33-year-old may have only put pen to paper just three days ago, but he capped his arrival with a landmark goal against Portland Timbers in the 90th minute to cancel out Fanendo Adi's prior equaliser.  What better way to introduce yourself to BC Place than scoring the winner to drive your side to lift the Cascadia Cup.

Whilst the Caps are becoming so formidable, it appears that their rivals to win the league, Seattle Sounders and LA Galaxy are losing their prolific profiles with both sides just winning one game each since the season kicked-off which coincidentally came in both of their opening ties.

An unbeaten FC Dallas remain in the driver's seat whilst Vancouver will be kicking themselves over that dire defeat against Toronto. New York Red Bulls also remain unbeaten and with a game in hand, they could soar past the Whitecaps if they win that fixture. Other dangerous dark horses to watch out for are Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes who both own lethal forwards.

Despite danger signs that surround them, if Vancouver Whitecaps continue to play in the manner that they have over the previous three games, they could easily cruise to the top of the Major League.

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