Take That, TFC!
Despite suffering a 1-0 loss to rival Portland Timbers; the Vancouver Whitecaps clinched a playoff spot when hated rival Seattle Sounders knocked off FC Dallas 3-1. FC Dallas was 4 points behind the ‘Caps wit both having two games remaining.
The lose to the Sounders spoiled FC Dallas’ plans.
In just their second season, a huge accomplishment.
Toronto FC’s closest finish was in ’09 and ’10 when they finished 5th in the Eastern Conference, prior to the new playoff format coming in.
Despite winning just two games since August and a 2-6-2 record over that span, the Whitecaps managed to ride an excellent start to the finish line. That finish line could be the starting line of a historical run though. Only time will tell.
The ‘Caps will face off against David Beckham and the LA Galaxy in a one game wild card playoff, in LA on Thursday, November the 1st.
The Whitecaps are 0-2-1 against the Galaxy this season, the draw coming at home in a thrilling game which should’ve resulted in 3 points.
The Galaxy also took both meetings last season by 3-0 and 4-0 scores.
Too say the ‘Caps are going to be motivated is an understatement.
If the Whitecaps can defeat the Galaxy, which would be a huge accomplishment on its own, they will advance to play the San Jose Earthquakes in a two leg Semi Final. I honestly like the ‘Caps chances against the Supporters Shields holder, as the Whitecaps took 2 of 3 this year.
Both victories came at home, both were two of the most exciting games of the year; the first came to an amazing conclusion as ex-Cap Eric Hassli scored in the 4th minute of injury time to stun the Earthquakes.
In the rematch in July, Barry Robson scored on a penalty in the ’62nd to give the Caps a lead they wouldn’t let go.
The ‘Caps can find motivation against them as well; the Earthquakes spoiled the ‘Caps MLS record for consecutive minutes without allowing a goal to start a season at 427 minutes en route to a 3-1 victory.
Some say that the Whitecaps backed into the playoffs; some say that they’re undeserving.
True Whitecap fans will say that we believe that we can… win!
Despite the sluggish finish, Martin Rennie and the group he has assembled at BC Place is a terrific young core and will do anything but back in next year.
But look out, MLS, because we’re here now.