Vancouver Whitecaps (1986–2010)

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Vancouver Whitecaps
Vancouver-Whitecaps-FC-Logo.svg
Full nameVancouver Whitecaps
Nickname(s)'Caps
Founded1986 as Vancouver 86ers [1]
Dissolved2010 (MLS 2011)
Stadium Swangard Stadium
Burnaby, British Columbia
Capacity5,288
OwnerGreg Kerfoot
Head Coach Teitur Thordarson
League USSF Division 2 Professional League
2010 Regular Season: 2nd, NASL
Overall: 5th
Playoffs: Semifinals
Website Club website

Vancouver Whitecaps was a Canadian professional soccer club based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Founded in 1986, the team played its final year in the second tier of the United States soccer pyramid in the NASL Conference of the USSF Division 2 Professional League coached by Teitur Thordarson. The team played its home games at Swangard Stadium in nearby Burnaby, British Columbia. The team's colours were blue and white.

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On March 19, 2009, an ownership group led by principal Greg Kerfoot was granted a Major League Soccer expansion franchise which began play in 2011 under the name Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

In addition to its men's side the Whitecaps also field a women's team in the USL W-League, two developmental teams (Vancouver Whitecaps Residency, in the USL Premier Development League, and the Whitecaps FC Prospects, in the Pacific Coast Soccer League), and four youth teams in the USL Super Y-League (Coastal WFC, Mountain WFC, Surrey WFC and Okanagan WFC) ranging in age from U13 to U17 for both boys and girls. [2]

The team was previously known as the Vancouver 86ers of both the Canadian Soccer League, American Professional Soccer League (APSL), and later the A-League. The club later played in two later versions of the second tier A-League known as the USL-1 and USSF Division 2 Professional League in North America.

History

Vancouver 86ers

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Vancouver 86ers logo 1993–1998

In 1986, a professional soccer team was again launched in Vancouver, the Vancouver 86ers—so named because of both the year of the team's founding and to commemorate the year Vancouver was founded (1886). Eighty-six people also originally put up $500 each to fund the new team as the West Coast Soccer Society. [3] Led by player/head coach Bob Lenarduzzi and his assistant Alan Errington, the 86ers were triumphant in their inaugural CSL match, as they defeated Edmonton Brickmen 4–2 in front of 7,646 fans at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC, on June 7, 1987. The 86ers went on to finish second in the Western Division standings that year before bowing out to inaugural league champions Calgary Kickers in the playoff semifinals. The 86ers played in the Canadian Soccer League (CSL) winning four straight CSL Championships (1988–1991) and five consecutive CSL regular-season first-place finishes (1988–92).

In 1988–1989, the team, coached by Bob Lenarduzzi, set a North American professional sports record by playing 46 consecutive games without a loss. [4] Also in 1988 the Vancouver 86ers and Calgary Kickers played six friendly matches each against the Western Soccer Alliance in the month of May. [5]

In 1990, the Vancouver 86ers captured the North American Club Championship after defeating the Maryland Bays 3–2 in the final played in Burnaby. The game was played between the champions of the Canadian Soccer League and the champions of the American Professional Soccer League (APSL). The 86ers however came up short in the first round of the 1992 Professional Cup North American Club Championship. Facing APSL champions Colorado Foxes over two legs, Vancouver suffered a heartbreaking 3–2 defeat in the first leg in Colorado on August 3, 1992, before the Foxes advanced to the final, as a 2–1 second-leg win at Swangard on August 11, 1992, secured a 5–3 aggregate victory for Colorado. Vancouver played in the CSL from its inception in 1987 until the league folded in 1992, and then moved over to the APSL in 1993 which was later absorbed into the USL hierarchy of leagues in 1997 becoming the A-League, later renamed the USL.

Vancouver Whitecaps (USL)

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Vancouver Whitecaps USL

In 2001, the team began to use the old Vancouver Whitecaps moniker (signifying both the 'white caps' of the nearby mountains, and the waves of the Pacific Ocean). [6] [7] In 2003, the name was again changed, albeit only slightly, to Whitecaps FC, which encompasses the men's, women's, and youth development teams within the organization. [8] [9] At this time, the Whitecaps logo changed slightly in colour (the light teal-green was replaced with a brighter blue) and the word "Vancouver" was dropped from the image.

In 2006, the Whitecaps organization won an unprecedented double-championship, claiming both the United Soccer Leagues First Division championship trophy, defeating the host Rochester Rhinos 3–0 at PAETEC Park, and winning the W-League women's trophy. The men's team also won the Nation's Cup, a new tournament established by their club as a way to feature the Whitecaps playing against international competition. The 2006 Nation's Cup tournament featured the Chinese and Indian U-20 National teams and Championship Welsh club Cardiff City F.C. (the "Bluebirds"). The gradually added the "Vancouver" back into their name, changing it officially to "Vancouver Whitecaps FC".

The following season, the Whitecaps signed a deal to play an exhibition match against the Los Angeles Galaxy, which featured international David Beckham, and promoted Director of Soccer Operations Bob Lenarduzzi to team president.

October 12, 2008, they claimed their second United Soccer Leagues First Division championship with a 2–1 victory over the Puerto Rico Islanders. Charles Gbeke scored twice with his head in the second half to help secure the title. In 2009, they placed 7th in the league and were eliminated in the final by the Montreal Impact on a 6–3 aggregate. [10]

In November 2009 the Whitecaps, along with several other teams, announced their intent to leave the USL First Division to become the co-founders of a new North American Soccer League, which was to begin play in 2010. [11] [12] On January 7, 2010 the U.S.S.F. announced that neither the USL nor the NASL would be permitted to have a second division league, [13] and the USSF would administer a league where the NASL and USL are conferences within the league. [14]

On November 24, 2009 it was announced that Paul Barber, the former Executive Director of Tottenham Hotspur, will become the Chief Executive Operations director of the Caps. [15]

Whitecaps played a 30-match regular season, with 15 home games and a 15 games away in the United States Soccer Federation Division 2 Professional League. [16]

The Whitecaps and Major League Soccer

On July 24, 2008, the MLS announced they were seeking to add two expansion franchises for the 2011 season. [17] One day later, the Whitecaps officially announced that they were pursuing one of the two expansion slots. The Whitecaps also announced that local sports icon Steve Nash will join the Whitecaps ownership team. [18]

"There is no doubt the market for professional soccer exists in Vancouver, as we saw last November when nearly 50,000 fans attended the exhibition match between the Los Angeles Galaxy and the Whitecaps, " MLS commissioner Don Garber said. [19]

Vancouver's bid was officially submitted on October 15, 2008, along with bids from 6 other cities. [20] Whitecaps representatives Greg Kerfoot and Jeff Mallett met with MLS officials on November 21, 2008 to go over their bid. Don Garber, who was previously involved in National Football League expansion, described the bid presentation as, "one of the best I've ever seen." [21] Garber and MLS president Mark Abbott were in Vancouver on December 7, 2008 to tour BC Place Stadium and learn about the proposed renovations, which were scheduled to be completed in time for the 2011 MLS season. [22]

Vancouver was officially named an MLS expansion city on March 18, 2009, and joined the league in 2011. They began their inaugural MLS season at Empire Field, a temporary stadium built at the former site of Empire Stadium, and moved into BC Place Stadium [23] [24] [25] [26] when renovations to the stadium were completed.

Players

Final roster

as of October 29, 2010 [27]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
1 GK Flag of the United States.svg  USA Jay Nolly
3 DF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Luca Bellisomo
6 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Terry Dunfield
8 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Wes Knight
7 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Martin Nash
9 MF Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Davide Chiumiento
11 FW Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.svg  COD Ridge Mobulu
12 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Russell Teibert
14 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Greg Janicki
15 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Philippe Davies
16 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Kyle Porter
20 MF Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Ethan Gage
No.Pos.NationPlayer
23 DF Flag of the United States.svg  USA Blake Wagner
24 MF Flag of Cameroon.svg  CMR Alexandre Morfaw
25 FW Flag of the United States.svg  USA Cody Arnoux
26 FW Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Alex Semenets
28 MF Flag of Ghana.svg  GHA Gershon Koffie
29 MF Flag of Tanzania.svg  TAN Nizar Khalfan
31 GK Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN Simon Thomas
33 DF Flag of Liberia.svg  LBR Willis Forko
39 FW Flag of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.svg  VIN Cornelius Stewart
55 DF Flag of France.svg  FRA Mouloud Akloul
MF Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Bedri Gashi

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No.Pos.NationPlayer
DF Flag of Switzerland.svg   SUI Alain Rochat (at FC Zürich) [28]

Notable former players

Staff

Management

Sports

Medical

Year-by-Year

This is a complete list of seasons for the CSL and USL club. For a season-by-season history including the current Vancouver Whitecaps FC MLS franchise, see History of Vancouver Whitecaps FC. For solely MLS results, see List of Vancouver Whitecaps FC seasons.

SeasonLeaguePositionPlayoffs CC Continental Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
DivLeaguePldWLDGFGAGDPtsPPGConf.OverallNameGoals
1987 1 CSL 209833727+10301.502nd4th SF Ineligible5,993 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [29] 12
1988 CSL 2821168430+54692.461st1st W 4,919 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg John Catliff [30]
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [31]
22
1989 CSL 2618266533+32602.311st1st W 4,572 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [31] 12
1990 CSL 2617636926+43542.081st1st W 4,218 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg John Catliff [32] 19
1991 CSL 2820446931+38642.29N/A1st W 6,347 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [33] 26
1992 CSL 2011634228+14361.801st RU CONCACAF Champions' Cup R1 4,344 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg John Catliff
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Dale Mitchell [34]
6
1993 2 APSL 2415904335+8451.881st SF Ineligible4,866 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [35] 11
1994 APSL 2071302541–16211.056thDNQ4,742 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [36] 7
1995 A-League 241014043430301.253rd SF 4,493 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Giuliano Oliviero [37] 9
1996 A-League 271314038380391.445thDNQ4,068 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [38] 14
1997 A-League 28161205029+21481.713rd6th SF 3,558 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio [39] 22
1998 A-League 28151305542+13451.614th15th R1 4,185 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [40] 8
1999 A-League 2819907731+46572.043rd4th R1 4,559 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Niall Thompson [41] 20
2000 A-League 28141136241+21451.615th9th QF 3,959 Flag of England.svg Darren Tilley [42] 12
2001 A-League 2616824433+11501.921st4th SF 5,542 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [43] 9
2002 A-League 28111254139+2381.365th10th SF 3,769 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [44] 9
2003 A-League 2815674524+21521.864th5th QF 4,292 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Ollie Heald
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [45]
9
2004 A-League 2814953829+9471.682nd6th SF 4,833 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [46] 7
2005 USL-1 2812793721+16451.61N/A3rd QF 5,086 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Jason Jordan [47] 17
2006 USL-1 28126104028+12461.644th W 5,085 Flag of the United States.svg Joey Gjertsen [48] 12
2007 USL-1 2897122724+3391.397th QF 5,162 Flag of Cuba.svg Eduardo Sebrango [49] 7
2008 USL-1 3015783428+6531.772nd W 3rd DNQ4,999 Flag of Cuba.svg Eduardo Sebrango [50] 16
2009 USL-1 30111094236+6421.407th RU RU 5,312 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Charles Gbeke [51] 13
2010 D2 Pro 30105153222+10451.502nd5th SF RU 5,152 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Martin Nash [52] 5
Total6393301991101139759+38011001.72 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Domenic Mobilio 167

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, League Playoffs, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.
^ 3. Points and PPG have been adjusted from non-traditional to traditional scoring systems for seasons prior to 2003 to more effectively compare historical team performance across seasons.

Pepsi Cup – North American Club Championship

September 26, 1990Pepsi Cup (APSL and CSL Champions)Vancouver 86ers3–2 Maryland Bays Burnaby, British Columbia
Dominic Mobilio Soccerball shade.svg 14', 117'
Dale Mitchell Soccerball shade.svg 40'
report Kevin Sloan Soccerball shade.svg 44'
Jean Harbor Soccerball shade.svg 68'
Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 2,643

1992 Professional Cup – North American Club Championship

Quarterfinals

August 3, 1992First Leg Colorado Foxes 3–2Vancouver 86ers Commerce City, Colorado
Medved Soccerball shade.svg 70', 89'
Eck Soccerball shade.svg 63'
report Easton Soccerball shade.svg 2'
Mitchell Soccerball shade.svg 81'
August 11, 1992Second LegVancouver 86ers1–2 Colorado Foxes Burnaby, British Columbia
Mobilio Soccerball shade.svg 31' report Eck Soccerball shade.svg 56'
Hooker Soccerball shade.svg 59'
Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 3,085

Colorado advances on aggregate, 5–3

Honours

Domestic

Canadian Soccer League

Canadian Championship

USL First Division

International

Head coaches

NameNationalityYearsRef
Bob Lenarduzzi Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN 1987–1993
Carl Valentine Flag of England.svg  ENG 1994–1999
Dale Mitchell Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  CAN 2000–2001
Tony Fonseca Flag of Portugal.svg  POR 2002–2004
Bob Lilley Flag of the United States.svg  USA 2005–2007
Teitur Thordarson Flag of Iceland.svg  ISL 2008–2010 [53]

Stadium

Proposed new stadium

For some time, the City of Vancouver and the ownership group of the Whitecaps were considering the idea to build the team a soccer-specific stadium called Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. The new stadium was to be built over the railway tracks east of Waterfront Station on Burrard Inlet.

This 16,000-seat stadium would have replaced Swangard Stadium as the home field for the USL's Vancouver Whitecaps.

There was a fair degree of controversy with regards to this location; a Vancouver council session to debate the issue was extended to four nights to allow public input. Detractors viewed the proposed stadium as an incongruous addition to nearby historic Gastown that would block waterfront access and promote piecemeal development of the area. Proponents of the development felt that the stadium would attract new business to the downtown and Gastown areas, particularly since the soccer team tended to attract a family-oriented audience.

On July 11, 2006, Vancouver City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the stadium project, so long as the Whitecaps could meet certain conditions regarding land use. On January 22, 2007, the Whitecaps filed a new proposal shifting the proposed site for the stadium project to the current location of the SeaBus terminal, a short distance northwest of the previous site.

With the Whitecaps moving up to MLS, the franchise has signed to initially play at Empire Field, and then BC Place Stadium from 2011 to at least 2015. It was hoped that the new facility would be completed by the 2016 MLS season. Due to the hurdles of getting the new stadium approved, the project has been abandoned with the team committed to playing at BC Place Stadium.

Club culture

Mascot

The Whitecaps' mascot was named Winger. He is a bird who wears a Whitecaps jersey and carries a large drum to encourage the crowd. He often uses signs to get fans in the grandstands to cheer.

Fans

The Whitecaps have an independent supporters group known as the Southsiders . [54] [55] Founded in 1999, the group is named for their preferred seating area in the south end of Swangard Stadium. The Southsiders, once described as a "rabid supporters group", [56] identify themselves as Canada's oldest supporters association for professional domestic association football.[ citation needed ]

The group originally called themselves "The Carlsberg Crew," named for the beer company that sponsored Swangard's beer garden. The name was changed to "The Canterbury Chorus" for the subsequent season, as the beer sponsorship had changed between seasons. To avoid changing names every time the sponsor changed, the group chose the name "The Southsiders". [57]

Rival clubs

The Vancouver Whitecaps have two historic rivals, the Pacific Northwest Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders. These three teams competed in the yearly Cascadia Cup through 2008. In 2009, the Cup involved only the Whitecaps and Timbers because the Sounders were replaced by an MLS team of the same name.

The Whitecaps also compete on a yearly basis with the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC for the Voyageurs Cup or Canadian Championship. The winner of this series advances to the CONCACAF Champions League.

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The 1993 Vancouver 86ers season was the club's eighth year of existence, as well as their first as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. After their championship 1992 CSL season, the CSL folded and the Whitecaps joined the American Professional Soccer League for the 1993 season. They continued the tradition of excellence from the CSL capturing the league title and losing a somewhat controversial playoff semifinal in a shootout to the Los Angeles Salsa given inconsistent refereeing.

The 2006 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season was the club's 21st year of existence, as well as their 14th as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. 2006 was Bob Lilley's second season as head coach, and they started the season with many draws while the team sorted itself out. In the last ten games after some player additions, the Whitecaps lost only two of their last ten games. In the playoffs Vancouver went on a run as the fourth seed. They first had a play-in round series against Miami FC Blues and Romário before upsetting regular season champion or Commissioner's Cup winner and Canadian rival Montreal Impact with two second half of overtime goals in the second leg away in La belle province. The first goal scorer was Eduardo Sebrango, a striker out of favour in Montreal in 2005 that Vancouver signed in the off season. In the single championship game at the regular season runner-up Rochester Rhinos' new home, PAETEC Park, the Whitecaps scored via an own goal just before half time and then put the game out of reach with two more goals to win 0 – 3.

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