The Vancouver Whitecaps missed the playoffs by two points last season, seeing the ‘Caps fall below the red line and end in eighth place.
With a 13-13-8 record, Vancouver was only able to tally up 54 goals, allow 67 and have a goal differential of -13.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2018 Season Review
The beginning of the season started off pretty well for the ‘Caps, going for a 3-1-1 record in the month of March. A glaring 4-1 loss to Atlanta United FC took down the small high they had after winning their first two matches outscoring their opponents 4-2.
Things turned bad when they would go on to lose 6-0 to Sporting Kansas City away from home.
Looking at the good side of things, Vancouver wiped the floor against Orlando City SC when they won 5-2 at home, seeing striker Kei Kamara record a brace and Alphonso Davies score a goal and record three assists.
Kamara would lead the Whitecaps in goals scoring 14 with six game-winning goals and three penalties. Most of these goals came in the months of March and July with his low month being April.
Yordy Reyna lead the ‘Caps in assists with 11, tallying up four game-winning assists and scoring three goals himself.
Kamara also lead the team in shots and shots on goal, while Reyna took yellow cards.
Goalkeeper Stefan Marinović ended the year with 65 saves, two shutouts and faced 112 shots.
Time To Rebuild
Now Vancouver will have some major rebuilding to do for this upcoming season.They lost three key players, leaving major holes in the attack and defense.
Kamara was picked up by FC Cincinnati in the MLS Expansion Draft, then offloaded right away to the Colorado Rapids. In the mean time, Kendall Waston was also traded to Cincinnati in exchange for $825k and an international roster spot.
Starboy Davies was sold to the German Bundesliga star power team in Bayern Munich.
Losing these three key players leaves Vancouver in awe, scrambling to find replacements in order to make a playoff run for the 2019 MLS regular season.
Vancouver opens their 2019 MLS campaign at home against Minnesota United FCon March 2.