Nice Fan Support
Vancouver had a lot of hope for the Whitecaps in their first inaugural season in Major League Soccer. That sunny, loud home opener at Empire Field in mid-March where the Caps dominated the Toronto FC 4-2 had the city optimistic about what the team was capable of.
Unfortunately, coaching changes, a lack of cohesion, lots of penalties and player injuries lead to a 6-18-10 finish with a final loss on Saturday at BC Place against the Colorado Rapids.
Even with a disappointing final score of 2-1, the rowdy Southsiders were loud and proud throughout the game, and some fans even gave a standing ovation at the end of the second half for a well fought, tough season.
“It’s been a frustrating year – there’s no hiding that fact,” captain Jay DeMerit told Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun.
“Nobody said this season was going to be easy… but we showed, at times, that we can play with anyone in this league.”
Even with their standings, the Whitecaps managed to bring out an average of 20,000 fans to every home game in Vancouver – making them third in the MLS for highest attendance. The Whitecaps club in turn is thanking dedicated fans for the tremendous amount of support shown this year:
“Some have claimed in the past that British Columbia sports fans only care about hockey, but your remarkable support throughout the 2011 MLS campaign has become the perfect counterargument to a debate that has always been a fallacy.”
On Saturday, the Canucks game ended just as the Whitecaps game was beginning, and the sea of supportive sports fans clad in blue, green and white surrounding Rogers Arena & BC Place was nice to see.
The Whitecaps have a week off before post-season camp begins in Vancouver and Martin Rennie from the Carolina RailHawks FC takes over for Tommy Soehn as head coach.
Hopefully the team can learn from a painful season and step it up next year. Either way, their new stadium and enthusiastic fans will be ready and waiting.