Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
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Nickname(s)Blue-and-White [1]
The Village [2]
Short nameCaps
FoundedMarch 18, 2009;13 years ago (2009-03-18) [3] [nb 1]
Stadium BC Place, Vancouver [nb 2]
Capacity22,120 [5] [nb 3]
Owners
Chairman Jeff Mallett
Sporting directorAxel Schuster
Coach Vanni Sartini
League Major League Soccer
2021 Western Conference: 6th
Overall: 12th
Playoffs: First round
Website Club website
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Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Vancouver. They compete in Major League Soccer (MLS) as a member club of the league's Western Conference. They were established on March 18, 2009, and began play in 2011 as the 17th team to enter Major League Soccer and replaced the USSF Division 2 team of the same name in the city. The club has been owned and managed by the same group since their USSF days, having graduated to MLS after the conclusion of the USSF's 2010 season. The MLS version of the team is a phoenix club, and the third to carry the Whitecaps name. In the 2012 season, the team became the first Canadian team to qualify for the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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History

An ownership group in Vancouver were granted the seventeenth Major League Soccer franchise on March 18, 2009, by MLS Commissioner Don Garber. [6] While no name was provided at the Vancouver announcement, over a year later the club confirmed it would keep the Whitecaps name. [7] [8] [9] [10]

In preparation for its first MLS season, the Whitecaps brought in executive talent from around the world. On November 24, 2009, Paul Barber, former Tottenham Hotspur F.C. executive, was announced to join the club as CEO. Others joining him included former D.C. United head coach Tom Soehn as Director of Operations and Dutch national Richard Grootscholten as the Technical Director and head coach of the residency program.

As the head coach of the USL and later USSF Division 2 Vancouver Whitecaps, former Iceland international Teitur Thordarson was confirmed as head coach on September 2, 2010, for the inaugural MLS season. [11] He was subsequently relieved of his duties on May 30, 2011, after the Whitecaps won just one of their first twelve matches. Tom Soehn, the Whitecaps director of soccer operations, replaced Thordarson on an interim basis. [12]

The Whitecaps began play in the 2011 MLS season with their first match on March 19, 2011, against rival Canadians Toronto FC, which they won 4–2. The first goal in the Whitecaps' MLS era was scored by Eric Hassli. [13] After their winning start the Whitecaps struggled, and failed to secure another victory in their next 11 MLS games, drawing six and losing five. In the aftermath of their 1–1 draw with the New York Red Bulls on May 30 head coach Teitur Thordarson was fired. [14] Tom Soehn took over coaching duties for the remainder of the 2011 season, while Martin Rennie was announced as the new permanent head coach on August 9, taking over officially on November 2. [15]

On March 3, 2012, the Whitecaps won their first minor, pre-season cup at the 2012 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic defeating Toronto FC 1–0 thanks to a goal by Camilo Sanvezzo. The Whitecaps finished the regular season with 11 wins, 3 losses, and 10 ties positioning the club, fifth in the Western Conference and 11th on the league overall table. On October 21, 2012, the Whitecaps became the first Canadian team to earn a spot in the MLS playoffs. [16] Vancouver were eliminated in the knockout round.

In the 2013 season, Vancouver finished in seventh in the Western Conference, 13th in the league table with 13 wins, 12 losses, and 9 ties in the regular season. They were not able to qualify for the post season, in the playoffs as they had accomplished in the season prior. Two days after the end of the 2013 MLS regular season, Rennie's contract was not renewed sparking a search for the next head coach. [17] In their off-season, the Whitecaps were in the midst of controversy with one of their then players, Camilo, who had played for the team since their inaugural campaign, after the Brazilian went on to join Liga MX club Querétaro. The Mexican club believed that he was no longer under contract, while the Whitecaps reported that he was still on a contract with Vancouver. [18] The scandal was resolved with the Liga MX club paying a transfer fee from Vancouver to acquire the Brazilian forward. [19]

In October 2014, the Whitecaps qualified for the 2015–16 CONCACAF Champions League for the very first time as a result of becoming the highest ranked Canadian team in the 2014 MLS season and due to a reformatting of the Canadian Championship in the following season. A week later they qualified for the MLS playoffs for the second time, an achievement unmatched by any Canadian team. [20]

Colours and badge

On June 8, 2010, it was officially announced the club would continue using the "Whitecaps" name, but with a redesigned logo. [21] The name alludes to the geographic features surrounding the city: snow-capped mountains to the north and the Pacific Ocean's white-capped waves to the west.

The official club colours include navy blue ("deep sea"), white, and light blue ("Whitecaps blue"). [22] The "deep sea" blue represents the maritime landscape of the Vancouver area and the "Whitecaps blue" indicates the reflection of the North Shore Mountains in the Pacific Ocean. The lighter shade of blue also alludes to the primary colour of the original Whitecaps, winners of Soccer Bowl 1979. The silver outline pays homage to the team's championship victories since 1974. [23]

On June 10, 2010, the Whitecaps strip package was unveiled with Bell Canada serving as the inaugural jersey sponsor. [24] [25] The home shirt is white with horizontal, navy blue pinstripes; the stripes broaden slightly from bottom to top. The secondary shirt is deep blue with an embossed, interlocking diamond pattern which is also deep blue and is reflective in the light.

On June 14, 2012, the Whitecaps unveiled a third kit. The third kit is predominantly "arbutus brown", with sky blue accents, which reflects the unique land full of deep roots and the high-reaching arms of the temperate rainforests of British Columbia. [26]

In 2019 they used a redesigned version of their 1979 kit as a 40th anniversary tribute to the team winning the 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl. [27] [28]

Kit history

Home, away, and third kits.

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2011–2012
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2013–2014
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2015–2016
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2017–2018
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2019–2020
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2021–
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2011–2013
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2014–2015
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2016–2017
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2018–2019
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2020–2021
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2022-
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2012–2013

Sponsorship

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
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Stadium

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White sheets are used to artificially reduce the capacity of BC Place for Whitecaps FC matches.

The Whitecaps plays its home matches at BC Place in Vancouver, which it shares with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. [29] [30] Vancouver has played at BC Place since the final month of the 2011 MLS season, having spent the majority of that year at Empire Field.

BC Place is a 54,500-seat multi-purpose stadium designed for both Canadian football and soccer. The stadium opened in 1983, but underwent a complete two-phase revitalization project between 2009 and 2011. [31] The stadium now features the largest cable-supported retractable roof in the world and polytan artificial turf, which is certified by FIFA with a 2-star rating. [31] [32] The Whitecaps reduce the stadium's capacity to 22,120 for matches by using white sails (known as the "secondary roof") to close off the upper bowl. [33] [34] Club ownership initially hoped to build Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium in Gastown in time for the 2016 season, but the club has committed to BC Place in light of stadium opposition. [29]

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The National Soccer Development Centre on the grounds of the University of British Columbia

The club played most of its inaugural season at Empire Field, a temporary stadium built at the former site of Empire Stadium to house the Whitecaps and the BC Lions while BC Place was being renovated. [35] Empire Field was a 27,500-seat multi-purpose stadium that featured FIFA 1-star rated FieldTurf. [35] The team played its final match at Empire Field on September 24, 2011, a 3–1 loss to Seattle Sounders FC. [36] The following week, the Whitecaps played their first match at BC Place, a 1–0 loss to Portland Timbers on October 2, 2011. [37]

The club does not have a permanent training facility, opting instead to use facilities around Greater Vancouver. [38] However, the club partnered with the Government of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia (UBC) to build a $32.5 million National Soccer Development Centre on the UBC campus, [38] which opened on September 22, 2017. [39]

Near the end of the 2020 and at the beginning of the 2021 seasons, the club was forced to play their home matches in the United States due to the Canadian government's response to limit cross-border travel during the COVID-19 pandemic. The club shared facilities with Portland Timbers Providence Park in Portland, Oregon where they would play one of their rivalry matches as the home team. [40] In 2021, the club would play most of their home matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah since the start of the season. [4]

Club culture

Supporters

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Whitecaps supporters celebrating 4–2 victory over Toronto FC at Empire Field during inaugural MLS match.

The largest Whitecaps supporters group is known as the Southsiders. The group began in 1999 when fans of the Vancouver 86ers began congregating in the pitch-level beer garden behind the goal at the south end of Swangard Stadium. [41] [42]

The Southsiders' relationship with the team's ownership has not always been amicable. [41] It has evolved since Vancouver received the MLS expansion team. [43] Images of the Southsiders are featured prominently in Whitecaps' marketing campaigns. The group's board was invited to the invite-only launch of the kits and logo to be used in MLS. [44] [45] The expansion has also increased membership to over 1200. [46] The president of the organization said that it had grown from about 40 paid members to 100 paid in July 2010. He also believes there is no reason why the Southsiders cannot outdo the Seattle Sounders' Emerald City Supporters. [47] Southsider supporters were primarily located in the southeast corner (sections 249–254) of B.C. Place stadium. The majority of the group has relocated to the new general admission section at BC Place in half of section 253 and all of section 254 that was introduced for the 2020 MLS season.

The three biggest supporter groups are the Vancouver Southhsiders, Curva Collective and the Rain City Brigade. [48] There are several sub-groups that have emerged, members of which are sometimes also members of the three larger groups.

Founded after the 2011 season, Curva Collective is a movement of like-minded supporters joined in their passion and support of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and its players. What unites them is a love for the ‘Caps. [49] The group works collectively to support in meaningful and quality ways because "we know together we can achieve more than on our own". [49] Their motto's are: We are who we are, Giving our all and Support is always. [49] With a focus on visual displays and vocal unity in half of section 253 and all of section 254, the new supporters general admissions section at BC Place. Curva Collective was previously located in sections 203 and 204 or the southwest curva. [50]

Rain City Brigade was established in 2010 when a group of friends, who all followed the Whitecaps, decided to get together and create a group to formally support the team in a way that was true to them. What started out as a way for a couple of friends to hang out, drink beer and watch the sport we all love, soon became the social events that many look forward to every Whitecaps game day. They are passionate supporters from all walks of life, and from all corners of the world, ready to give their all for the full 90+ minutes to support the Whitecaps, win, lose or draw. [51] The group quickly attracted like-minded individuals and after a few seasons plus a couple of different stadiums, the group has grown to almost two-hundred members over the past three years. The Rain City Brigade has a block of about 225 season tickets for their members in section 201 and marches from Library Square. [52]

Vancouver Albion is the first youth supporters group of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and can be found in sections 201 and 254 at BC Place. In March 2020, when COVID-19 hit, a group of teenagers all bought the FIFA 20 video game, so they could all play together while in quarantine. They created a virtual team together, called a pro club, and because there were few team names left to choose from, Vancouver Albion was selected. It was shortly found out after that “Albion” was defined as “an alternative way to say Britain.” What started as an inside joke became an official supporters group, broadening their horizons to support the ‘Caps in the stands when they finally returned home in August 2021.

The Prawnsiders have existed since the Whitecaps' Swangard years, but organized formally at the beginning of the inaugural MLS season in 2011. [53] The name "Prawnsiders" comes from "prawn-sandwich brigade", a term often used to describe soccer supporters who sit in the more expensive seats. [53] The Prawnsiders formed because they wanted to create an equally enthusiastic supporter experience for those fans who didn't want to be behind the nets. They are primarily located in sections 244 and 245. [53]

South Sisters provide a positive meeting space for Vancouver Whitecaps supporters who identify as female, LGBTQ2+, or allies. [54] The group was officially formed in 2019. [55] They show that soccer supporters come in all shapes and sizes and that big hearts bring loud voices, and loud voices are what our players need to get a goal and win games. South Sisters are an inclusive group so any Whitecaps supporters can partake in our kind of support regardless of where they sit, how many games they attend, or if they are a Prawnsider, Casual, Southsider, Kevinsider, Curva, RCB, Couch Ultra, Pigeon Casual etc. Their mandate is to support the players and fans, on and off the pitch. Goal: We are here to be change makers in the systemic treatment of people who identify as female and LGBTQ2+ in the soccer community through thoughtful conversation and education.

Couch Ultras were officially formed in 2017. Their group's name comes from the fact that they started supporting the Whitecaps from the couch. They set-up their basement with banners and tifos for away games to best create the game day atmosphere from home. [56] The group makes use of a tifo rigging system in their basement to uniquely display their tifo's. [57] Couch Ultras are active at BC Place for home Whitecaps games as well. [58] The group has done various small scale tifo displays at BC Place. [59] [60] Couch Ultras also support both the Canadian Men's and Women's National Soccer Team.

In 2020, a new general admissions supporters section was introduced in half of Section 253 and all of Section 254, right beside the tunnel where the players enter the pitch. [61] You don't need to be a member of a supporter group to be in the section and seating is unassigned, so you can stand where you want, with who you want. The majority of the Vancouver Southsiders and Curva Collective are located here. Standing and chanting are permitted throughout the match in this' section. [61]

The team sold the first 5,000 $50 season ticket deposits 48 hours after they became available to the public. Remaining season tickets were made available to season ticket holders for the USSF 2 Whitecaps before becoming available to non-season ticket holders. [62] The team managed to attract 15,500 season ticket holders in its first MLS season and 13,000 for the second. [63]

Former Group: "La Doce", formed in January 2011. [64] Their original name in Spanish is "La 12", [64] which can be translated into English as "The 12th" or "The 12th player". La 12 is formed by people from different nationalities that have a preference to support the Whitecaps in a Latin American, Southern European or Eastern European Style. The main feature of La 12 is its cheering style that features constant drumming and longer songs, resembling the way in which fans in South America or Southern or Eastern Europe like to support. [64] La 12 fans were primarily seated in the southeast corner of Empire Field. The group has since folded after the 2011 season with many members joining Curva Collective.

Many Whitecaps supporters have friendly relationships with the Timbers Army away from the game, but a fierce rivalry at match time. This has stemmed from a mutual animosity with supporters of the Seattle Sounders in the three-way Cascadia Cup. There is also a friendship with Grimsby Town supporters owing to a mix-up of hashtags on twitter in 2015 and the player Trevor Whymark, who has played for both teams. [65]

Mascot

The official mascot for the Whitecaps is Spike, a Belted kingfisher, a bird common to the Vancouver area. [66]

Rivalries

Cascadia Cup

The Vancouver Whitecaps have longstanding rivalries with both the Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders FC. The rivalries predate MLS and have been an integral part of the soccer culture in the Pacific Northwest. Matches between these three teams are arguably the most passionate in all of MLS as each of these teams are well-supported by their respective cities. [67] [68]

Portland Timbers

The Portland Timbers are one of the Whitecaps' biggest and longtime rivals, with an antagonistic history between the clubs going back to 1975 in the original North American Soccer League. [69] In the A-League and USL First Division Portland and Vancouver clashed in crucial, and often physical matches during the late 2000s, with the clubs facing each other in memorable playoff duels in 2007, 2009, and 2010. [70] The two clubs played for the 100th time in 2017, and the rivalry is one of the most-played in US soccer history.

Seattle Sounders

Canadian rivalries

The Vancouver Whitecaps also have rivalries with Toronto FC and the CF Montreal. Vancouver's first game in MLS was against Toronto in an attempt by the league to spur a rivalry between the two Canadian teams. [71] Montreal was a rival in the second division. The three teams have played each other during Voyageurs Cup competitions. [72] [73]

Broadcasting

All Whitecaps matches are broadcast on television and radio. Through the 2013 season, Sportsnet Pacific and Sportsnet One nationally broadcast all "regional" Whitecaps games not televised by TSN or TSN2 as part of its national package of MLS games, broadcasting 24 games per season. [74] Regional matches were called by Craig MacEwen, who does play-by-play, and former Vancouver 86ers goalkeeper Paul Dolan, who provides colour commentary. [75] Dolan replaced former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Martin Nash, who provided colour commentary during the Whitecaps FC inaugural season. [76] [77] [78] In January 2014, TSN (which is owned by Bell Media, a subsidiary of the Whitecaps' founding sponsor Bell Canada) announced that it would take over broadcast rights to these "regional" Whitecaps games beginning in the 2014 Major League Soccer season. In 2014, selected games aired on CIVT-DT and CIVI-DT due to scheduling conflicts. [79] [80] As of 2021, TSN streams all 34 regular season games, with playoff games if qualified. The current broadcasting team features Blake Price doing play-by-play, and Dolan as colour commentator, after Peter Schaad was relieved of his play-by-play duty in April 2021. [81] [82]

On radio, Whitecaps games are primarily broadcast on AM 730 with Asa Rehman [83] and Colin Miller. [84] Until the end of the 2016 season, matches broadcast on radio has play-by-play duties shared between Schaad and Scott Rintoul, and by former Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder David Norman, who provides colour commentary. [85] [86] [87] [88] Norman replaced Paul Dolan prior to the 2012 MLS season, after Dolan joined the Sportsnet broadcasting team. [89] [86]

Ownership

Vancouver Whitecaps FC is owned by a group of four investors; Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash. [90] The group has a collective net worth over $2 billion. [91] Kerfoot has been the majority owner of the Whitecaps since 2002, when he saved the club from contraction after previous owner David Stadnyk left the club, selling it to United Soccer Leagues. [90] [91] [92] He was previously the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Crystal Decisions. [93] Mallett, a former chief operating officer (COO) of Yahoo!, who was raised in Victoria, British Columbia, has a significant background in soccer. He played for the British Columbia under-16 provincial team and was on the University of Victoria Vikes squad that lost in the final of the 1982 CIS Men's Soccer Championship. [90] He also spent one year with the San Francisco State University Gators men's soccer team before an injury left him unable to continue playing competitive soccer. [90] After leaving Yahoo!, Mallett purchased a minority stakes in the San Francisco Giants of Major League Baseball and English soccer club Derby County F.C. [90] Having first met at a charity soccer event in 2005, Mallett partnered with Steve Nash—a two-time National Basketball Association (NBA) Most Valuable Player who was also raised in Victoria—to put together a bid for a minority share of English soccer club Tottenham Hotspur F.C. in 2008. [90] After that transaction fell through, the duo contacted Kerfoot about a minority stake in the club. [90] Nash is the older brother of former Whitecaps midfielder Martin Nash. [92] The fourth partner, Steve Luczo, is the president, chairman, and CEO of Seagate Technology and a partner in Boston Basketball Partners L.L.C., a group who own the NBA Boston Celtics. [90] Luczo met Kerfoot while the two were both employed by Seagate Technology, and Kerfoot contacted Luczo proposing he become part of the club's MLS bid. [94] In 2009, the group paid a $35 million expansion fee to MLS for the right to join the league. [90]

Current players and staff

For details on former players, see All-time Vancouver Whitecaps FC roster.

Roster

As of August 15, 2022 [95]
No.Pos.PlayerNation
1 GK Thomas Hasal (HG)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2 DF Marcus Godinho Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
3 DF Cristián Gutiérrez Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
4 DF Ranko Veselinović Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia
6 DF Tristan Blackmon Flag of the United States.svg  United States
7 FW Déiber Caicedo Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
9 FW Lucas Cavallini (DP)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
11 FW Cristian Dájome Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia
14 DF Luís Martins Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal
16 MF Sebastian Berhalter Flag of the United States.svg  United States
17 MF Leonard Owusu Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana
18 MF Alessandro Schöpf Flag of Austria.svg  Austria
19 DF Julian Gressel Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
20 MF Andrés Cubas Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay
23 DF Javain Brown Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica
24 FW Brian White Flag of the United States.svg  United States
25 MF Ryan Gauld (DP)Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
26 DF Florian Jungwirth Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
27 MF Ryan Raposo (GA)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
28 DF Jake Nerwinski Flag of the United States.svg  United States
31 MF Russell Teibert (HG)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
33 MF Michael Baldisimo (HG)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
45 MF Pedro Vite Flag of Ecuador.svg  Ecuador
55 GK Cody Cropper Flag of the United States.svg  United States
60 GK Isaac Boehmer (HG)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
61 DF Matteo Campagna (HG)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
87 FW Tosaint Ricketts Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Out on loan

No.Pos.PlayerNation
8 MF Caio Alexandre (at Fortaleza Esporte Clube)Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
12 GK Evan Newton (at El Paso Locomotive)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
13 DF Derek Cornelius (at Panetolikos)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
30 FW Kamron Habibullah (HG; at Pacific FC)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
FW David Egbo (at Memphis 901)Flag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria

Technical staff

As of November 30, 2021
RoleNameNation
Head coach Vanni Sartini Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
Assistant coach Ricardo Clark Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Assistant coach Michael D’Agostino Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Goalkeeper coach Youssef Dahha Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco
Staff coachSteve MeadleyFlag of England.svg  England
First team video analystLuke Summers Flag of England.svg  England
First team assistant video analystDrew FosterFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Management

RoleNameNation
Sporting directorAxel SchusterFlag of Germany.svg  Germany
General CounselManav DeolFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Senior Vice President, MarketingErin MathanyFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Executive AnalystQuinn ThompsonFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
Vice President, Soccer OperationsGreg AndersonFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Former players and staff

Head coaches

YearsNameNation
September 1, 2010 – May 30, 2011 Teitur Thordarson Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland
May 30, 2011 – October 25, 2011 Tom Soehn (interim)Flag of the United States.svg  United States
October 26, 2011 – October 29, 2013 Martin Rennie [96] Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland
December 16, 2013 – September 25, 2018 Carl Robinson Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales
September 25, 2018 – November 7, 2018 Craig Dalrymple (interim)Flag of England.svg  England
November 7, 2018 – August 27, 2021 Marc Dos Santos Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
August 27, 2021 – November 30, 2021 Vanni Sartini (interim)Flag of Italy.svg  Italy
November 30, 2021 – present Vanni Sartini Flag of Italy.svg  Italy

Club captains

YearsNameNation
2011–2014 Jay DeMerit Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2014–2016 Pedro Morales Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
2016–2017 David Ousted Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
2017–2018 Kendall Waston Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
2019 Jon Erice Flag of Spain.svg  Spain
2020– Russell Teibert Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Whitecaps FC 2

Whitecaps FC 2 was the farm club of the Vancouver Whitecaps that was established on November 21, 2014. Whitecaps FC 2 began competing in the 2015 season, in the USL. [97] On November 27, 2017, the Whitecaps dissolved their reserve side in favour of affiliating with 2018 expansion club Fresno FC. [98] The Whitecaps will field a team named Whitecaps FC 2 in the newly established MLS Next Pro league, commencing in 2022. [99]

Whitecaps FC Academy

Whitecaps FC Academy, formerly known as the Whitecaps Residency program, [100] is the youth academy and development system of Vancouver Whitecaps FC that was established in 2007. The academy will field a team in League1 British Columbia, commencing in 2022. [101]

Honours

Major

Winners (2): 2015, 2022

Minor

Winners (3): 2013, 2014, 2016

Previous incarnations of Whitecaps FC

Winners (1): 1979
Winners (4): 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
Regular Season Winners (5): 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992
Winners (2): 2006, 2008
Winners (3): 2004, 2005, 2008

Team records

Year-by-year

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Whitecaps. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Vancouver Whitecaps FC seasons. For a historical list encompassing results from the previous two incarnations of the club, see History of Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Season League Position Playoffs CC Continental / Other Average attendance Top goalscorer(s)
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2016 1 MLS 34101594552–7391.158th16thDNQ RU CONCACAF Champions League SF 22,330 Flag of Chile.svg Pedro Morales 9
2017 MLS 34151275049+1521.533rd9th QF SF DNQ21,416 Flag of Colombia.svg Fredy Montero 15
2018 MLS 34131385467–13471.388th14thDNQ RU 21,946 Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Kei Kamara 17
2019 MLS 34816103759–22341.0012th23rd R3 19,514 Flag of Colombia.svg Fredy Montero 8
2020 MLS 2391402744–17271.179th17th DNQ MLS is Back Tournament Ro16 22,120 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lucas Cavallini 6

^ 1. Avg. Attendance include statistics from league matches only.
^ 2. Top Goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in League, MLS Cup Playoffs, Canadian Championship, MLS is Back Tournament, CONCACAF Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, and other competitive continental matches.

International tournaments

CONCACAF Champions League

Vancouver has qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League twice, the first in the 2015–16 edition of the tournament.

Scores and results list Vancouver's goal tally first
SeasonRoundClubHomeAwayAggregate
2015–16 Group stage Flag of the United States.svg Seattle Sounders FC 1–10–31–4
Flag of Honduras.svg Olimpia 1–00–11–1
2016–17 Group stage Flag of Trinidad and Tobago.svg Central F.C. 4–11–05–1
Flag of the United States.svg Sporting Kansas City 3–02–15–1
Quarterfinals Flag of the United States.svg New York Red Bulls 2–01–13–1
Semifinals Flag of Mexico.svg UANL [102] 1–20–21–4

Other competitions

Group stage v. Flag of England.svg Manchester City – 1–2


Player records and awards

Golden Boot

Top scorer by season
YearPlayerGoals
2011 Flag of Brazil.svg Camilo 12
2012 Flag of Jamaica.svg Darren Mattocks 7
2013 Flag of Brazil.svg Camilo 22
2014 Flag of Chile.svg Pedro Morales 10
2015 Flag of Uruguay.svg Octavio Rivero 10
2016 Flag of Chile.svg Pedro Morales 9
2017 Flag of Colombia.svg Fredy Montero 13
2018 Flag of Sierra Leone.svg Kei Kamara 14
2019 Flag of Colombia.svg Fredy Montero 8
2020 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Lucas Cavallini 6
2021 Flag of the United States.svg Brian White 12

Note: Only MLS regular season goals counted

Most appearances

RankPos.PlayerNationCareerMLSPlayoffsCCCCLTotal
1 Midfielder Russell Teibert Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2011–2442297282
2 Defender Jordan Harvey Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2011–171794124199
3 Defender Jake Nerwinski Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2017–1394112156
4 Midfielder Gershon Koffie Flag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2011–151334131151
Goalkeeper David Ousted Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 2013–17142324151
6 Defender Kendall Waston Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica 2014–18115688137
7 Midfielder Matías Laba Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 2014–17113367129
8 Forward Erik Hurtado Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2013–181051125123
9 Midfielder Nicolás Mezquida Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2014–181013126122
10 Midfielder Cristian Techera Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2015–18101586120
As of September 17, 2022[ citation needed ]
CC = Canadian Championship; CCL = CONCACAF Champions League
Bolded players are currently on the Whitecaps FC roster.

Top goalscorers

RankPos.PlayerNationCareerMLSPlayoffsCCCCLTotal
1 Forward Camilo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 2011–1339443
2 Midfielder Pedro Morales Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 2014–162504029
Midfielder Cristian Techera Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2015–182310529
4 Forward Fredy Montero Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2017, 2019–202610128
5 Forward Kekuta Manneh Flag of The Gambia.svg  Gambia 2013–172201124
6 Forward Darren Mattocks Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica 2012–151912022
7 Forward Yordy Reyna Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 2017–20200121
8 Forward Brian White Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2021–150318
9 Forward Lucas Cavallini Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 2020–170017
Forward Cristian Dájome Flag of Colombia.svg  Colombia 2020–151117
Forward Erik Hurtado Flag of the United States.svg  United States 2013–181212217
Forward Kei Kamara Flag of Sierra Leone.svg  Sierra Leone 201814317
Midfielder Nicolás Mezquida Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 2014–181223017
As of August 5, 2022[ citation needed ]
CC = Canadian Championship; CCL = CONCACAF Champions League
Bolded players are currently on the Whitecaps FC roster.

Other records

As of May 7, 2021, MLS regular season only

Player of the year

YearNameNation
2011 Camilo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2012 Lee Young-Pyo Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea
2013 Camilo Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil
2014 Pedro Morales Flag of Chile.svg  Chile
2015 Kendall Waston Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
2016 Jordan Harvey Flag of the United States.svg  United States
2017 Kendall Waston Flag of Costa Rica.svg  Costa Rica
2018 Alphonso Davies Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2019 Maxime Crépeau Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada
2020 Ali Adnan Flag of Iraq.svg  Iraq
2021 Maxime Crépeau Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada

Footnotes

  1. MLS franchise granted in 2009. Original team founded in 1974.
  2. As a result of COVID-19 cross-border restrictions imposed by the Canadian government, Vancouver Whitecaps FC temporary played home matches at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at the start of the 2021 season [4]
  3. Expandable to 54,313 based on configuration.

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