Vancouver Whitecaps FC is Major League soccer’s newest franchise along with the Portland Timbers but the franchise’s history goes deeper than that. The Whitecaps were previously a USSF Division 2 team under the same ownership group. They grew in popularity until they were ready to make the big jump up in competition.
As an MLS expansion team in 2011, Vancouver is taking its lumps; wins are hard to come by. But the club’s successful history suggests it’s only a matter of time before it makes a big splash at the major-pro level.
Empire Field; Vancouver, British Columbia (2011–present)
East Hastings Street,
Vancouver, British Columbia
In the fall 2011 BC Place Stadium will become new home.
Popular Players Thru The Years
2010: Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC Thru the Years
While ownership has changed, the Vancouver Whitecaps name has existed since the early 1970s. The original franchise was founded in 1973 and competed in the North American Soccer League. Vancouver won the Soccer Bowl in 1979, was famous for “home-grown” talent, most notably Bobby and Sam Lenarduzzi and also included English star Alan Ball.
The NASL folded but the Whitecaps re-emerged in the mid 1980s as the Vancouver 86ers under coach Bob Lenarduzzi, setting a North American pro sports record with a 46-game unbeaten streak.
The Vancouver Whitecaps FC name went on to signal a progressive, inclusive symbol in soccer, encompassing both men’s and women’s teams between 1993 and 2010. Vancouver’s pinnacle came in 2006 when the men won the United States Soccer League First Division title and the women won the W-League championship.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC has always succeeded, regardless of decade, gender or league. So it’ll be fun to watch this proud franchise rise up the MLS ranks!
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Empire Stadium Photo