While most of the drama in the soccer world is found in Europe right now, MLS is starting to gear up for another season.
The quality of soccer appears to be growing faster than ever, but one team that seems to be avoiding the limelight is the Vancouver Whitecaps. T
he team surprised most of the league last season, by finishing second in the western conference, and making it to the semi-finals of the playoffs.
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They did this without deep pockets, and although their form did wane towards the end of the season, if they can continue to increase in consistency each season, like they have done for the past three, we can expect them to push for the MLS cup in 2016.
They have exciting youngers like Manneh, and Laba rocketing in goals for the Whitecaps. Not to mention a sturdy defense developing with the likes of Harvey, Waston and, of course, their commanding keeper, David Ousted.
Tthe Caps seem destined to reach high places in this coming season. However, there still seems to be one crucial element holding them back from silverware.
To win the cup, the Caps need a player with European experience. Not necessarily a superstar, but a well-established trophy winner with enough years in him to play at the highest level.
It’s going to cost team a lot of money, and it might not be easy to lure a player away from the money, and prestige of a European league, but with Gerrard, Lampard, Drogba, and Giovinco all proving that the MLS is worthy of their boots, it’s time for Vancouver to elevate themselves with a star.
Wayne Rooney is unlikely to be able to handle the tempo of the Premier League much longer, could he be the player the cement Vancouver on the map?
While it’s unlikely they can afford him, Rooney may prefer to go to a North American team for a lower price, rather than take unfathomable amounts of money to play in the less-impressive Chinese league.
Rooney could lead the Vancouver Whitecaps to the MLS cup with his leadership, goal-scoring ability, and holding midfield ability, where others can learn from him.