Jay Duke

  • joined Feb 13, 2012
  • last login Nov 28, 2012
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Judgement Day Is Upon Us


The Whitecaps have qualified for the playoffs and is the first Canadian team to do so in the MLS. They've completed a drastic turn around from being bottom feeders last season. Yet Martin Rennie...

Bargains & Blunders: Why the 'Caps Must Be Careful With Contracts

At the start of the season I wrote about the MLS steadily becoming a top tier league it large part due to it's single entity salary cap structure. This has been further emphasized by statements...

Worth Every Penny


Martin Rennie has certainly put his stamp on the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club. Today, he traded the most popular player in it's MLS history and the face of the franchise to Toronto FC for a...

Kenny Miller - Stating the Obvious


I understand the mixed feelings shown by supporters and pundits alike regarding the Kenny Miller signing today. When I first read the rumours of his likely transfer, I thought, "Awesome! A big...

Time for Le Toux to Sit


There are a few things that have become very clear so far this season. One of which is that Sebastien Le Toux is a complete professional, a class act, and an absolute workhorse. He's second only to...

Going In For The Kill


Never do any enemy a small injury for they are like a snake which is half beaten and it will strike back the first chance it gets. -Machiavelli Today the Whitecaps play Toronto FC in the first leg...

Heads Down, Thumbs Up - Week 10


A little tweak in my reoccurring piece. Too often it's difficult to find two negatives worth mentioning. Not a difficult problem to have as a supporter, unless you're a supporter who has...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 9


I'm very happy today. Last night, the Whitecaps won in thrilling fashion as Eric Hassli broke his MLS goal drought to defeat the league leading San Jose Earthquakes with only seconds to spare. I...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 7


After a one week hiatus in line with the Whitecaps bye week, Two Up, Two Down returns with much to discuss. After having a long layoff after a disappointing loss in San Jose, the Whitecaps...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 5


For those of you who follow me on twitter, I should apologize for my foul mouth and overly dramatic bleating during and after this weeks San Jose vs Vancouver fixture. It was an interesting game,...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 4


Once again this week's edition of Two Up, Two Down comes to you after an underwhelming 0-0 draw. When I try and sell my hockey buddies on soccer, telling them, "guys, it's not as bad as the...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 3


Real life has once again delayed the Sunday standard weekly Two Up Two Down. But maybe it's a good thing, as I, like many of you, left BC Place doing a lot of angry muttering. Perhaps the couple...

Two Up, Two Down - Week 2


History is made! Hallelujah! The first win in franchise* history! Great days ahead! Okay, it was ugly and unconvincing, but it is 3 points, and it must be said that the team defense and mentality...

Two Up, Two Down: Week 1


At long last, First Kick has come and gone, and like last year, the Whitecaps have come out with 3 points to start the season. Lets hope the parallels between the two seasons end there. Before I...

Two Up, Two Down: Preseason Edition


In what I hope to be a reoccurring weekly piece (time permitting; Ben's been late late on his salary payments, so for now I have to keep my real job,) I would like to introduce Two Up, Two Down....

Round 2: Off Field Expectations


Ten more sleeps. Ten more sleeps until players, pundits, and prognosticators alike get to watch the Whitecaps play a game where the points matter. It would have only been nine, but the stupid leap...

Montreal vs Vancouver (Preseason) - 3 Things I've Learned


Remember that whole thing about tempering optimism I wrote a few days back? Well, after an entertaining and convincing effort by the first team in Orlando, I'm finding it hard to heed my own...


Tempering Optimism

Buzzkill alert. It's been a very productive off-season for the Whitecaps. The deadwood is gone, some quality new acquisitions have signed, and the team appears to be in high spirit going into the...


How the MLS is Steadily Becoming a World Class League

Soccer in North America has had a bit of a topsy-turvy history. While the late 70s and early 80s was a bit of a heyday with the success of the NASL, soccer has failed to catch on in recent history....


Competition May Be Key to Success for 2012 Whitecaps

Martin Rennie has gone straight to work this off-season in what can be considered as close to a complete overhaul of a squad as will be allowed by the muddy MLS rulebook. No one is exactly...

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