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Coffee with the Caps, Friday May 21

MLS: Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Sporting Kansas City William Purnell-USA TODAY Sports

Good Friday morning Caps fans — you all have successfully made it to Friday and I hope the promise of the weekend will help make today a good one.

Tomorrow’s match is the last one we will have to chew over for awhile, with the international break looming.

It is a big one for the Caps, coming on the heels of two straight losses, with plenty of questions about where the team is headed. Of course, part of the early half of the season will be focused on survival, what with having to play all home games, well, not at home, as well as plenty of cycling players in and out of the starting XI.

Houston has been a bit of a surprise thus far, which figures after they were universally pegged to be the worst team in the conference. How sustainable that is, I’m not sure, but it comes on the heels of fresh rumors about a potential new owner — something that franchise has needed for awhile.

Still, this is a welcome respite from a relatively tough opening schedule and the Caps need to take advantage. And it is another chance to (gasp) score a goal from open play (although this team went a year without drawing, maybe this year will just be a season of goals from set pieces).

I’m won’t bore you further with my takes on the intricacies of the matchup (we have a preview going up before too long which will take care of that for you all). And there are plenty of links out there for us to chew over.

Without further ado...

Best of the Rest

A nice look at where the Caps might be headed tactically and where the Caps should be headed tactically

More on the Dynamo (and the NWSL’s Houston Dash) being potentially sold on to new ownership

MDS predicting the Caps will be in the playoff hunt following this weekend won’t backfire at all ... right?

Howard Webb thinks other leagues can learn from MLS on VAR and ... he might be right

Just what we all have been clamoring for: a new jersey made out of ocean plastic