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The Vancouver Whitecaps managed to set the MLS record for a shutout streak to kick off a season at 4 games and 67 minutes. However, when the gate was finally breached, it got flung wide open, very wide open, as San Jose piled it on with three goals.
The Whitecaps get a bye this weekend, which will prove to be a welcome break after a pair of away matches in their last two outings.
As a result, Vancouver will entertain Sporting Kansas City at home next Wednesday in a rare midweek contest. The contest will be a tough one since Sporting leads the MLS with an undefeated five win record.
There was no action on this front this past week.
Forwards Etienne Barbara and Darren Mattocks remain long term casualties. Alain Rochat is the only defender to continue missing time, though Jordan Harvey has been an effective replacement. All other key players are likely available.
Watching the Wave (Editorial)
There is no action until next week on the pitch, but there was big news on Thursday with the announcement that Vancouver Olympics CEO John Furlong has been installed as the senior executive chair for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The lifelong sport fanatic is a profound appointment to the board for the ‘Caps.
He proved to be a highly intelligent organizer and insightful problem solver for the Olympic committee VANOC, and the games in Vancouver are widely considered to have been a great success.
The spirit was very positive during the events, with strong ticket sales and a great atmosphere.
High quality facilities were established and an excellent legacy for sports long term in Canada was created with links to the Own the Podium program.
Furlong more than capably oversaw operations and should be able to bring his marketing acumen and development skills to the Vancouver Whitecaps at a key point in their history, with a much improved squad and a burgeoning wave of supporters growing steadily into place.
This organization is moving confidently down the right path.