While MLS All-Star Week drew the spotlight, Vancouver prepared for an important showdown versus reigning champion Sporting Kansas City.
A new signing was unveiled on Friday, which had been long expected from the Blue & White after reports surfaced out of Central America last weekend that Costa Rican international Kendall Waston was to be Vancouver's lone acquisition of the summer transfer window.
The defender's arrival seems to tick all the boxes that the Whitecaps had for squad needs at this stage of the season, plus what head coach Carl Robinson had listed as his criteria for new additions to his young side.MORE: Biggest summer transfers | Soccer's beautiful fans | WAGs
The former Wales international was keen to find new faces that offered both short-term and long-term benefits. In signing Waston, Vancouver have identified a promising centre back who also has the potential of being a difference maker in attacking set-piece situations.
While the signing of Waston looks to be another shrewd bit of business by the Whitecaps, it remains to be seen whether Robinson made enough moves in his first summer transfer window as an MLS head coach. Only the remainder of this 2014 campaign will provide that verdict.
Barring any alterations before the MLS roster freeze on Sept. 15, Vancouver will make a push for the playoffs with their current squad, which has struggled recently to find the level of consistency needed to secure a postseason berth.
Defending MLS champion Sporting Kansas City visits BC Place on Sunday, and as challenging of a contest it will be for Whitecaps FC, these matches have been ones that Robinson's side have relished playing in this season.
After a 10-day break, one should expect a high-tempo start from the 'Caps, with Vancouver in need of improving on a run of just one victory in the team's last nine league games — the last four of which all ended in stalemate.
Reeling in the clubs above them in a very tight Western Conference standings will be Vancouver's priority over the remaining 13 regular season games. Andy O'Brien notably stated this week that the West is "waiting for someone to take it by the scruff of the neck." The clubs that succeed in achieving that will do so by playing their best soccer over the next couple of months.MORE: Vancouver Whitecaps boost their backline by signing Kendall Waston
Expect the Whitecaps to be a motivated bunch this weekend. Pedro Morales will not only want to make up for not finding the scoresheet in Vancouver's last home game versus FC Dallas, he will see Sunday's match against a high-profile opponent in Sporting KC as an opportunity to show that he too was 'MLS All-Star' worthy.
Robinson will also be aware that youngsters Christian Dean, Omar Salgado, and Russell Teibert all have renewed levels of confidence following their recent exploits away from the club.
Teibert put in an impressive first-half display during the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game on Monday, while Dean and Salgado made early claims to be part of the United States' qualifying efforts for the 2016 Rio Olympics during an American U-23 national team camp in the Bahamas.
While MLS fans and media alike may be currently lapping up Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola's wagging finger, Landon Donovan's surprise announcement to hang up his boots, and DeAndre Yedlin's impending move to the bright lights of the English Premier League, it is the news that is yet to be made that intrigues Whitecaps fans — news that hopefully involves their beloved Blue & White and on-the-pitch success in the weeks ahead.