The week that was: Midfield bombs and magic tricks

White Tigres

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Last week was absolutely insane. As we get a chance to catch our breath before the stretch run, here is a look back at some of the noteworthy moments of the week that was.

Oh Canada!

Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster noted that the club would be looking to bring in not one, but two new big signings to the club before the transfer deadline.

And boy did he deliver.

Two Canada men's national team stars who were with the country at last year's FIFA World Cup joined the Blue & White last week.

Wingback Richie Laryea joins on loan from Nottingham Forest, while Whitecaps FC BMO Academy product Sam Adekugbe returns from Turkey, where he recently won the league title.

Adekugbe Laryea jerseys

WFC2 goes global

Not only did the first team add two new players, but WFC2 also gained a whole bunch of new fans from Gambia, Tunisia, Portugal, and Tanzania.

The 'Caps fended off other suitors to sign recent FIFA U-20 World Cup defender Dembo Saidykhan (Gambia) and midfielder Malek Mehri (Tunisia). The 'Caps also brought in striker Cyprian Kachwele (Tanzania), and brought home midfielder Malcolm Simmons (Canada) who was recently playing in Portugal with the Benfica U-23 team.

Lowell Wright from DOWNTOWN

Saturday night was no the result that WFC2 wanted, but it did provide a moment of brilliance from Lowell Wright. The 19-year-old Canadian striker saw the goalkeeper off his line, and he did. not. miss.

Take a bow.

Double delight at BC Place

It's been a fantastic season for the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy in League1 BC, and it was capped at BC Place on Saturday with two championships.

The girls repeated with their second straight title, and fifth trophy in the last year. They now look ahead to the League1 Canada Inter-Provincial Championship hosted in Langley this Friday and Sunday.

Girls Elite L1BC champs 2023

The boys beat the regular season champions Victoria Highlanders FC in a shootout to claim their first title, in what would prove to be the second shootout at BC Place in two days. The first one was on Friday ...

Boys L1BC champions

Leagues Cup delivers

Where to start.

We had two absolutely world class goals. The first came nine minutes in from Pedro Vite.

Then, Andre-Pierre Gignac showed his quality with this bicycle kick finish in the second half.

So the 'Caps finished level at 1-1 with Tigres. Two respectable Leagues Cup results against two of the top four clubs in all of Concacaf.

Then we went to a shootout, and that's where things got weird. And viral.

Nahuel Guzmán is a clown. Or a mime? Or a magician?

Let's start off by stating that Guzmán is a heckuva goalkeeper. The Argentine has a huge wingspan, which helped him stop Alessandro Schöpf from finding a winner on his shot in the second half.

But like many goalkeepers, he's also, let's just say unique.

First he pulled this mime act to try to throw off Sergio Córdova. Didn't work.

Then he did something we may have never seen in a professional soccer match before. He "sneezed" and began to do the old "pull an streamer out of your nose" magic trick.

He was shown a yellow card for unsportsmanlike conduct. He made the save. Tigres advanced.

If that's the kind of trickery it takes for Tigres to resort to in order to beat our 'Caps, then hey I think we can all agree that we've come a long way.

Until next year Leagues Cup, we'll miss you.

'Caps rep the flag with Canada at Concacaf U-15 championship

They've won both their games so far, 4-1 over Dominican Republic and 2-0 over Guatemala to qualify for the quarterfinals. Both Sahil Deo and Grady McDonnell have started both games, with McDonnell scoring twice against Dominican Republic (WATCH first goal here).