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FIFA 16: Vancouver Whitecaps Player Ratings

Have the game-makers in the Whitecaps’ backyard realized that there is a team just down the road?

Kendall Waston is the most improved Whitecap in FIFA 16
Kendall Waston is the most improved Whitecap in FIFA 16
Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

For FIFA aficionados such as myself, there is an annual surge of excitement around this time of year. Demos are being released, new features are being advertised, and lists upon lists of new player ratings are beginning to appear. Soon it will be time to march on down to the local gaming establishment and pick up an overpriced copy of a revamped version of FIFA 11 12 13 14 15: FIFA 16.

What many local FIFA players may not know is that their treasured game is actually developed fairly close to home, at EA Sports in Burnaby, British Columbia. Given the company’s proximity to the Vancouver Whitecaps, one would think that the team’s player ratings and/or appearances would be fairly accurate. For anyone familiar with the game, that has not previously been the case.

This year, there are a few notable updates to the ‘Caps squad and to MLS in general. Kendall Waston has been given the recognition he deserves, moving from a 62 rating to 74, right on the cusp of a Gold FUT (FIFA Ultimate Team) card. David Ousted has been improved similarly, going from 66 to 73. Notably, Kekuta Manneh has also been updated, moving from 61 to 69. Still one of the fastest players in the game, he will now have adequate finishing to go with his deadly pace.

Matias Laba is also steadily on the rise, and Pedro Morales has been bumped up one point. Of course, with EA's in-game updates, form for all of these players will fluctuate based on their real-life performances. As for their player appearances, we can only hope that a couple of EA Sports developers had time to take in a game or two at BC place, or at the very least caught one on TSN. Seriously, Darren Mattocks looked like a manikin with cornrows last year.