MLS Round 31: Houston Dynamo

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, September 14th, Kickoff 7:00pm

If you take a peek at the MLS standings right this minute, you’ll see 5 teams have a prefix on their listing. The Whitecaps have earned an “e”, which I think we can all guess does not stand for “excellently already in the playoffs” (that prefix is x, naturally). Brace yourselves for a shock: the “e” means the Whitecaps have been officially “e”liminated from the playoffs.

While we’re all still reeling from this absolute thunderbolt of a surprise*, the Whitecaps season grinds on to its now confirmed conclusion on October 6th. This Saturday sees the also-struggling Houston Dynamo stagger into town after their game Wednesday against Minnesota. The Whitecaps back line is still thinned out after the injuries to Nerwinski and Godoy, so here’s hoping the midweek game that Houston played will slow them down a bit and the Caps can help them earn their own “e”.

Remember that when the team & players are down that support from the stands means the most to them. Be vocal and let them see that we’re still there supporting until the end.

Referee Assignments

REF: Robert “Bowl of Petunias**” Sibiga
AR1: Frank “The Tank” Anderson
AR2: Jeremy “Former Teenage Heart Throb” Hanson
4TH: Joe “Cement Earplugs” Dickerson
VAR: Dave GANTAR SMASH
AVAR: Chris “Whut?” Wattam

http://proreferees.com/2019/09/10/2019-mls-assignments-week-28/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 6W – 9D – 15L, 27pts, last place MLS West, 2nd last overall
  • Whitecaps form: L-W-L-L-L
  • Houston Dynamo: 10W – 4D- 15L, 34pts, 11th place MLS West
  • Tang FC form: L-D-L-L-W

Pre-Match At

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 11:00am – Library Square opens
  • 4:00pm – Pre-match gathering starts
  • 7:00pm – Game kicks off
  • 9:00pm – The rest of Saturday night kicks off

*It’s a long way up to be a top 25 team in the world: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/global-club-soccer-rankings/

**Oh no, not again.

MLS Round 30: NYCFC

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, August 31st, Kickoff 7:00pm

Wednesday night in Montreal did not go well despite another early goal. Thursday didn’t go so hot either, with the Whitecaps flight from Montreal getting cancelled. No word yet if the team is on their way west yet, via plane, train or free-for-all hitchhiking frenzy.

Saturday we host NYCFC (who are already in town, by-the-by, to recover from the drain of cross-continent travel). NYCFC is within striking distance of first in the East. They’ll be well rested and keen to extract points from the cranky and demoralized Whitecaps. Should be a feisty game.

Referee Assignments

REF: Marcos “Olives In” DeOliveira
AR1: Mike “From Canmore” Rottersman
AR2: Apolinar “Evil Twin” Mariscal
4TH: Alex “Olives Out” Chilowicz
VAR: Ricardo “Redcardo” Salazar
AVAR: Rene “No, YOU’RE offside!” Parra

http://proreferees.com/2019/08/27/2019-mls-assignments-week-26/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 6W – 9D – 14L, 29pts, last place MLS West, 2nd last overall
  • Whitecaps form: W-L-W-L-L
  • New York City FC: 13W – 8D- 5L, 47pts, 3rd place MLS East
  • Bronx cheer form: W-L-W-W-W

Pre-Match At

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!

MLS Round 29: Montreal Impact

Away Game Info

Wednesday, August 28th, Kickoff 5:00pm

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that Maxime Crépeau has set an all-time MLS record for saves in a single game. He made sixteen saves on Saturday. Sixteen! His tenacity and focus is astonishing. Watch him work.

The bad news is a bit more negative than the good news is positive. The Caps conceded a league record number of shots on Saturday, are still last in the West and have barely managed to score a goal a game through the season. If you want a small silver lining to being in the basement of the Western Conference, the Wooden Spoon seems like a thankfully remote possibility with FC Cincinnati lagging 9 points behind. I wonder how the search for a new Director of Sportsball is going?

The team is on the road against Montreal this Wednesday. It’s a bit of a homecoming for Crépeau (and Marc Dos Santos as well, but let’s not talk about that). I honestly hope Maxime doesn’t have to work as hard as he did in San Jose. The Whitecaps have a chance to play spoiler against Montreal who let the final playoff spot slip through their grasp in their last match. Do it for Maxime, guys.

Referee Assignments

REF: Bad Atjob
AR1: Unqua Lified
AR2: Cantsees Traight
4TH: Traff Iccone
VAR: Coin Flipper
AVAR: Dunn Oman

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Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 6W – 9D – 13L, 27pts, 12th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: D-W-L-W-L
  • Montreal Impact: 10W – 4D – 14L, 34pts, 8th place MLS East
  • Dairy Mafia Tax Writeoff form: W-L-L-D-L

Away Viewing

Join us as usual at Library Square Public House (300 West Georgia) for the away viewing on the big screen. That way we can all be sad together.

MLS Round 28: San Jose Earthquakes

Away Game Day Info

Saturday, August 24th, Kickoff 7:00pm

What a game we were treated to last Saturday! Despite a few good chances conceded to DC early, Reyna’s first half goal injected some confidence into the team. For the rest of the match, our Caps managed to smother DC’s star player until he was (angrily) subbed off. Those attacks that did come through the choked up midfield, Maxime Crépeau was more than equal to (with a little help from his best friend Mr. Post). A clean sheet and a home win! It was also the first home win since May 25th, which is probably why everyone seemed so shocked that they left BC Place with a smile on their face. Yes folks, it is possible to do more than endure a soccer game, you can enjoy it too.

On to this weekend… Remember when the San Jose Earthquakes were Bad & Not Good™ (see 2011,2013-2018)? Well it seems like they’re in another one of their few and far between exception years, as they find themselves in the upper half of the Western Conference, albeit barely. Their form has slipped in August including getting humiliated by LAFC Wednesday, so here’s hoping we can keep those not-actually-0%-chance-to-make-the-playoffs hopes alive by dragging them down into the muck with us.

Referee Assignments

REF: Ramy Touchan
AR1: Corey Rockwell
AR2: Chris Elliott
4TH: Michael Radchuk
VAR: Chico Grajeda
AVAR: Fabio Tovar

http://proreferees.com/2019/08/20/2019-mls-assignments-week-25/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 6W – 9D – 12L, 27pts, 12th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: L-D-W-L-W
  • San Jose Earthquakes: 11W – 5D – 10L, 38pts, 6th place MLS West
  • Shake & Quake form: W-D-L-L-L

Away Viewing

Join us as usual at Library Square Public House (300 West Georgia) for the away viewing on the big screen.

MLS Round 27: D.C. United

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, August 17th, Kickoff 7:00pm

There were some good things and some bad things that happened in Portland last weekend. Let’s start with the bad: the Whitecaps lost and will not be reclaiming the Cascadia Cup. The club is also mathematically eliminated from the Supporters Shield race. American Soccer Analysis has the Whitecaps chance of making the playoffs at a cool 0.0% (but that’s just, like, their opinion, man). So there will be no hardware this year. The season ends October 6th.

Now the good: that absolute screamer from Theo Bair.

So… DC United is coming to town. They’re a Playoff Team™. They have A Good Player™ who has apparently deigned to travel to our fair city. We’ll probably be seeing at least one of our new players, Ricketts and/or Chirinos, make an appearance for a few minutes. And maybe, if we’re lucky, see another thunderbolt launched from the boot of a Whitecap.

Referee Assignments

REF: Tim Ford
AR1: Jeremy Hanson
AR2: Adam Garner
4TH: Pierre-Luc Lauziere
VAR: Alex Chilowicz
AVAR: Mauricio Navarro

http://proreferees.com/2019/08/13/2019-mls-assignments-week-24/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 5W – 9D – 12L, 24pts, 12th & last place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: L-L-D-W-L
  • D.C. United: 10W – 9D – 7L, 39pts, 3rd place MLS East
  • Not Manchester United form: W-L-D-L-W

Pre-Match At

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 11:00am – Library Square opens
  • 4:00pm – Pre-match gathering starts
  • 6:00pm – March leaves Library Square near Georgia & Homer
  • 7:00pm – Game kicks off
  • 9:00pm – ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

March Route

March to the match route: Homer st to Robson st to Terry Fox Plaza

MLS Round 26: Portland Timbers

Away Game Day Info

Saturday, August 10th, Kickoff 8:00pm

The Whitecaps, after over two months without a win, finally got a full three points! Felipe’s 84th minute goal on the pass from Russell Teibert was his first and last of the season. Why the last? Felipe has been traded to DC United and has already left Vancouver. Thanks for the win, Felipe, and good luck.

This weekend the Caps are down in Portland to dispute their final Cascadia Cup match of 2019. To win the cup, the Whitecaps need to beat Portland this Saturday, then have Portland beat or draw Seattle on Friday the 23rd.

If you purchased tickets to the match in Portland through us, they should be available for download right now at https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/ticket.

Full travel info available here:
https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/2019/08/capsontour-portland-away-2019-aug-10-trip/

You may be aware of the fight that the 107IST / Timbers Army, as well as ECS from Seattle, are having with the league over the right to display anti-fascist imagery and messaging in support of human rights in the stands. As members of the ISC, the Southsiders have also spoken with club and league officials about the issues with the MLS Fan Code of Conduct, and support our Cascadian rivals on this issue. The Timbers Army have asked that anyone who wishes to display the Iron Front anti-fascist logo do so as an act of solidarity. Clothing and “personal” banners using the logo are permitted in the stadium. For more information see the Timbers Army’s many blog posts on the subject: https://timbersarmy.org/TimbersArmyBlog and this joint statement from ECS, Gorilla FC and 107IST:
https://www.weareecs.com/multimedia/category-news/431-a-joint-statement-from-the-emerald-city-supporters-gorilla-football-club-and-107ist

There is a spray station planned for Saturday, making Iron Front stencils available should you want to personalize any clothing or other items. There is also an available source of blue t-shirts for a minimum $5 US donation. Email info@vancouversouthsiders.ca for details.

Referee Assignments

REF: Ted Unkel
AR1: Corey Parker
AR2: Logan Brown
4TH: Greg Dopka
VAR: Kevin Terry Jr
AVAR: Fabio Tovar

http://proreferees.com/2019/08/06/2019-mls-assignments-week-23/

Cascadia Cup Standings

  • Seattle Sounders: 1W – 1D – 1L, 4pts
  • Vancouver Whitecaps: 1W – 1D – 1L, 4pts
  • Portland Timbers: 1W – 0D – 1L, 3pts

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 5W – 9D – 11L, 24pts, 11th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: L-L-L-D-W
  • Portland Timbers FC: 9W – 4D – 9L, 31pts, 8th place MLS West
  • Loglovers form: D-D-W-W-L

Away Viewing

For those unable to make it to Oregon, Library Square Public House (300 West Georgia St) will be showing the match as usual.

Important information on Portland Away Aug 10 trip #capsOnTour

Please read very carefully.

Please read through the general Away Travel Policies and the Southsiders Code of Conduct. Anyone who travels with us is subject to these policies — no exceptions.  This means that you and your friends and/or family members that are making the trip with you are held to the same standard.  And ultimately, you are responsible for them.  If anyone in the group fails to abide by these rules, travel privileges will be revoked, and funds allocated to future away trips forfeited.  Basically, don’t be a dick, and you’ll be fine.

Itinerary

06:45 gathering at Burrard street SkyTrain station, filling out waiver documents.
06:45 boarding the bus (collecting waiver documents and photocopies of passports)
07:00 Bus departs from Burrard station, WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU (for too long).
07:45 (estimated) pickup at Campbell River Store. BE THERE EARLIER. WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU.
11:00 (estimated) stop at Costcutters, purchasing provisions for the trip
15:45 (estimated) buses arrive in Portland Hotel Hilton downtown.

16:00 Pregame at Henry’s 12th Street Tavern (12th and Burnside)
18:00 Security escort for the group to Gate G, please stay together.
18:30 Gate G opens for away supporters. Entry with flags, banners and personal tifo is MANDATORY at this time. Section 223 is sold out and will be General Admission see below. Early entry is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
20:00 Kickoff.
22:00 Conclusion of the game (3 points). Our section (223) will be held for 20-30 minutes. You have been warned. PLEASE BE PATIENT, NO DRAMA, DON’T BE A DICK.

Sunday 16:00 (estimated) Bus departs from Portland Hotel Hilton downtown.
Sunday 22:00 (estimated) Buses arrive back to Vancouver, making stops At Campbell River Store and along Cambie street with final drop-off at Burrard Station.

Stadium entry

Section 223 is sold out and will be General Admission see below. Early entry is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for everybody.

 No outside food or beverages or beverage containers (sealed or empty plastic water bottles are allowed)
 No animals (except for trained service dogs)
 No umbrellas
 No large containers (coolers)
 No balloons or beach balls
 No compressed air horns, vuvuzelas, thunderstix or whistles or selfie sticks.

Match Ticket

if you purchased a ticket only for this game, you’re missing out on the bus! We still have a few seats available, change your mind now!

Your match ticket is available for download from our website after login (Game tickets | Download/Manage) https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/ticket/  
Make sure you can login and access your tickets before Saturday, I will have limited resources to help you out on gameday.
Please print it as they will check it upon entering the away supporter sections. All away supporters’ sections are General Admission, the seat printed on your ticket is NOT your seat.

Bus travellers

Thank you so much for joining us on the bus! Expect great times on the way down and up the I-5.

Travellers checklist

  • Valid passport, enhanced drivers license or nexus card
  • Photocopy of your travel document (we will collect this and give it back/destroy it upon return)
  • Travel insurance coverage.
  • Match ticket printed or reliably accessible on phone.
  • Supporters gear. Bring your best and loudest voice.
  • Bus: Cooler for your refreshments, please bring a smaller one if possible so it fits under your seats. Coordinate with your fellow travellers and share a bigger one. You can buy ice at Cost Cutters.
  • Moderation. It will be a long day, drink with pace. Our boys on the pitch need our full support while we are in the stadium. Drunk idiots will not be tolerated.

… and as always

Don’t be a dick.

MLS Round 25: FC Cincinnati

Away Game Day Info

Saturday, August 3rd, Kickoff 5:00pm

This Saturday is the battle of this year’s MLS expansion* teams! I kid, I joke. It’s actually the battle of the current vs former Whitecaps! FC Cincinnati (aka The Former Whitecaps) boasts the following familiar faces on their roster: Kekuta Manneh, Darren Mattocks, Kendall Waston and Spencer Richey. They started the year helmed by former WFC2 coach Alan Koch, but that unfortunately didn’t last. I believe FCC also held Kei Kamara’s rights for a hot minute during expansion draft madness.

Things haven’t gone well for FCC this year. How unwell have things gone? Well, they’re currently worse off than the Whitecaps. Think about how you’re feeling about the Whitecaps season so far, then add two more dashes of salt. That’s what it feels like to be at the bottom of the league table.

With the departure of Lucas Venuto today, the Whitecaps have one less option up front. Will the hemorrhagic Cincinnati defense yield up some goals to our snake-bitten attack? I sure hope so. My blood pressure is high enough without adding even more sodium.

Referee Assignments

REF: Rosendo “MENDOZAAAAAA” Mendoza
AR1: Ian “Lan Party” Anderson
AR2: Matthew “Full” Nelson
4TH: Alan “Three Els” Kelly
VAR: Edvin “The Fun Killer” Jurisevic
AVAR: Jeff “22 Minute Spotify Playlist On Repeat” Muschik

http://proreferees.com/2019/07/30/2019-mls-assignments-week-22/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 9D – 11L, 21pts, 11th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps Form: L-L-L-L-D
  • FC Cincinnati: 5W – 2D – 16L, 17pts, 12th place MLS East, last in the league
  • Former Whitecaps Form: W-W-L-L-L

Away Viewing

*seriously though, the talking point of ‘this year the Whitecaps are an expansion team’ is weird. Does it come from the NHL with their multi-year rebuilds?

MLS Round 24: Minnesota United – Blue & White Navy Away Viewing on Bowen Island

Away Game Day Info

Sautrday, July 27th, Kickoff 5:00pm

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. The Whitecaps have sunk about as low as they’ve ever been as a franchise in MLS. The executives of the club seem perfectly happy rearranging deck chairs as the ship crashes into a clearly visible iceberg, patting themselves on the back about how much more valuable their ship is now that the market for ships is so hot. The Whitecaps brass have pinched each penny they’ve received from the sale of Davies while letting transfers that might reverse the team’s course slip through their fingers. Marc Dos Santos seems baffled as to how he can motivate the players that are here and the players themselves are performing worse than the start of the season. Rather than settling into a system, there seems to be more confusion and less cohesion as the weeks go by.

There’s a lot of blame to go around for where the franchise finds itself and no belief that the current executives can find a path forward. Ownership seems content that their investment is appreciating in value as MLS franchise fees go up while telling us to “hang tough” and “follow the process.”

So why show up and support the players on the field? Because being in a supporters group is about more than cheering for results. We are a community of people who love soccer and want our city to be represented by a team we can all be proud of. If you have any ideas as to how we can push our club to be better, come on out to Bowen Island this Saturday and hash it out. Or vent. Or just enjoy the good company of people suffering through the dark times in Whitecapsland with you.

The game is a 5pm and we have space reserved for us at Doc Morgan’s, just a short stroll from the ferry dock in Snug Cove on Bowen Island. Check the ferry schedule here:
https://www.bcferries.com/schedules/mainland/biva-current.php

See you Saturday at Doc Morgan’s.

Referee Assignments

REF: Armando Villarreal
AR1: Mike Rottersman
AR2: Jose Da Silva
4TH: Lukasz Szpala
VAR: Malik Badawi
AVAR: Peter Balciunas

http://proreferees.com/2019/07/23/2019-mls-assignments-week-21/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 11L, 20 pts, last place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: L-L-L-L-L
  • Minnesota United FC: 10W – 4D – 7L, 34 pts, 4th place MLS West
  • The Nth United form: W-W-W-W-D

Away Viewing – Blue & White Navy to Bowen Island

Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 – Leg 2 – Cavalry FC

Home Game Day Info

Wednesday, July 24th, Kickoff 7:30pm

It’s Voyageurs Cup time once again. The Canadian Championship is rapidly becoming the Caps last chance to claim something positive from this year, though Portland beating Seattle on Sunday night still leaves a chance at the Cascadia Cup as well.

Last time around, the Caps and Cavalry kicked about on a chopped up horse pasture to no great effect. Will the synthetic surface of BC Place produce some goals? It literally has to, because come hell or high water, one team is advancing to the next round. With the aggregate score at 0-0, the Caps need to beat Cavalry to advance. If the score is 0-0 after 90 minutes, we’ll see Bonus Soccer™ and Punishment Karma™ if necessary. Spoiler alert*: the Whitecaps are advancing.

Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 Leg 1 Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 0 Cavalry FC
  • Halifax Wanderers FC 2 – 3 Ottawa Fury FC
  • York9 FC 2 – 2 Montreal Impact FC

Pre-Match At

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 4:00pm – Pre-match gathering starts at Library Square.
  • 7:30pm – Match kicks off (and it might be on time for once!)
  • 9:30pm (ish) – The Whitecaps move on to face the winner of the York9 vs Montreal Impact series

No march on weekdays

*60% of the time spoiler alerts are 100% accurate