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Coffee with the Caps, Friday March 20

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Toronto FC v Vancouver Whitecaps FC Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

Morning Caps fans, although you could be forgiven for forgetting which morning it is exactly if you’re social distancing like you should be (hint: it is Friday).

I dropped the ball on getting the trivia bonanza wrapped up so stay tuned for that Monday (and if you have any questions you would like to see included, drop me a line). Meanwhile, we’re cooking up some more content ideas for you all to enjoy during these trying times.

To help get us through these tough times, the developers of Football Manager (an essential entity if I ever heard one) has made their product free until the middle of next week, presumably in an effort to get addicted to their product (something I have no doubt will be successful). We want to hear from you all wannabe MDSs and see the glory you can lead the Caps to virtually. Let’s face it: I read the comments on this site and know how many of you all think they can do better than current management so now is your chance to put up or shut up.

One thing to look forward to this weekend is FIFA making a few dozen classic matches available from both their men’s and women’s competitions, meaning you have hours of soccer-related content to fill your time. It sounds as if they will be making even more matches available, as well as facilitating discussion of moments which we all witnessed and enjoyed so take heart folks.

MLS has also been embracing its archive of matches, showing some from its early history to the some of its classic playoff matches in recent years, all on its website.

The Caps have even gotten in on the fun, live tweeting the thrilling 4-2 victory over Toronto FC in their inaugural MLS match. It brought back memories to see some of the early MLS stars on the pitch, as well as seeing Caps players on natural grass (!)

Now that the Caps have firmly gotten in on the fun, it makes me wonder what other classic matches we should be looking for in the coming days. A few ideas...

  • The Caps’ 5-0 demolition of San Jose Earthquakes in the first round of the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs. The team hasn’t given us too many moments of glory in the playoffs but this is one that will live in our memory until MDS and Tossaint Ricketts lead us to the cup this season (right?)
  • The Whitecaps vs. Chicago Fire, May 11, 2016. Doesn’t seem like much at first blush but there was a lot going on in this one, from Masato Kudo getting seriously injured to the Caps mounting a comeback, culminating in the infamous Blas Perez bicycle kick winner. If you want a roller coaster, this is a good one
  • 2015 Canadian Championship: We won the damn thing, nuff said

Don’t watch this one...

Share with us the classic matches you’ll be searching for on the dark web in the comments. In the meantime, here are a few links

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The Whitecaps made out OK in a FIFA simulation of last week’s matches—TY Fredy Montero