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

MLS Round 23: San Jose Earthquakes

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, July 20th, Kickoff 7:00pm

A sodden and demoralized Whitecaps managed to match their performance to the frightful weather in Massachusetts on Wednesday night, getting hammered 4-0. Perhaps they were betting on the flash flood warning issued for Foxborough postponing the proceedings, but there was no such luck, and no emergency flotation devices to be found either. The Caps are sitting like a stone at the bottom of the west with the added bonus of having played more games than any other team in the conference.

Saturday another natural disaster appears in the form of the San Jose Earthquakes. The bay area team is halfway decent this year and on a recent streak that’s as good as the Whitecaps have been bad. Brace yourselves*.

Referee Assignments

REF: Silviu “Screams of Anguish” Petrescu
AR1: Brian “Inchoate Bellows” Dunn
AR2: Gianni “Silent Weeping” Facchini
4TH: Alejandro “Passive Aggressive Tweets” Mariscal
VAR: Tim “Unintelligible Facebook Rant” Ford
AVAR: Kevin “Carefully Feigned Disinterest” Klinger

http://proreferees.com/2019/07/16/2019-mls-assignments-week-20/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 10L, 20pts, 12th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps FC form: D-L-L-L-L
  • San Jose Earthquakes: 9W – 4D – 7L, 31 pts, 5Th place MLS West
  • Urfcakes form: W-W-L-W-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 – There’s no crying in baseball! But maybe there should be?

March Route

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

*😬

MLS Round 22: New England Revolution

Away Game Day Info

Wednesday, July 17th, Kickoff 4:00pm

I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is that things can’t get much worse for the Whitecaps. In fact, the only way to go from here is up! The bad news you may already have guessed is that the Whitecaps are now in last place in the Western Conference after being outscored 10-1 in the last three league games.

And up next we have the New England Revolution, or as I like the call them: Eastern Conference Sporting Kansas City, as their records are so similar. There are a few differences however. The Revs have not scored as much and have let in loads of goals. They haven’t kept an opponent off the score sheet in quite a while. If the Whitecaps can decipher any opponent’s defense, the Revs seem like a likely candidate. Maybe we’ll have a little joy in Mudville come Wednesday night.

Referee Assignments

Not available at time of posting.

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 9L, 20pts, 12th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: D-D-L-L-L
  • New England Revolution: 6W – 6D – 8L, 24pts, 9th place MLS East
  • The spinnybunch: W-D-W-W-D

Away Viewing

MLS Round 21: Sporting Kansas City

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, July 13th, Kickoff 7:00pm

The Whitecaps are hosting the Sportings from Kansas or Missouri or maybe both (but definitely not neither). Taking a look at SKC we see another team struggling to find wins and deciding to attempt to draw their way into the playoffs. Sound familiar? Maybe because on the surface, SKC’s season is looking a lot like the Whitecaps season, from the standings down to recent results. This match has been dubbed by some* as the “2019 Recently Whipped by LAFC Memorial Match”. The Sporks got handed a 5-1 drubbing a mere three days before the Whitecaps marched down to LA for their 6-1 loss. What does this mean for Saturday?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Referee Assignments

REF: Ramy Touchan
AR1: Chris Wattam
AR2: Andrew Bigelow
4TH: Mark Allatin
VAR: Alex Chilowicz
AVAR: Mauricio Navarro

http://proreferees.com/2019/07/09/2019-mls-assignments-week-19/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 8L, 20pts, 11th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps FC form: D-D-D-L-L
  • Sporting Kansas City: 5W – 7D – 7L, 22 pts, 10th place MLS West
  • Spoon Forks form: D-W-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
  • 6:00pm – March leaves Library Square near Georgia & Homer
  • 7:00pm – Game kicks off – two teams enter
  • 9:00pm – One team leaves

March leaves at 6pm from Library Square

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

*in this case, “some” means just 1 person. Me.

Canadian Championship Qualifying Round 3 – Leg 1 – Cavalry FC

Away Game Day Info

Wednesday, July 10th, Kickoff 6:30pm

The Voyageurs Cup competition of 2019 is in the third round, and some of the MLS teams are joining the fray. The Whitecaps, recently hammered in league play, are heading to Calgary hoping to do some punching down of their own against the Canadian Premier League’s first ever spring season champion, Cavalry FC.

Can the bottom-of-the-barrel MLS Whitecaps hold off a top-tier side in a newly formed domestic league? No, seriously, can they? We get to (partially) find out Wednesday in the first leg of the two leg series. Away goals seem important, so… *checks notes* the Whitecaps should score as many of them as possible. The winner of this series will go on the face the winner of the other MLS vs CanPL fixture, York 9 vs Montreal Impact, and be one step closer to the Voyageurs Cup and a berth in CONCACAF Champions League.

Canada Soccer doesn’t provide officiating assignments in advance

Previous Results

The teams have never faced each other, though in 2014 the Whitecaps U-23s lost 2-1 against Calgary Foothills, a USL2 side with a fairly direct connection to Cavalry FC

Away Viewing

Library Square is set up to stream the match, which is only being broadcast on Canada Soccer’s media partner & streaming site, onesoccer.ca.

MLS Round 20: LAFC

Away Game Day Info

Saturday, July 6th, Kickoff 7:30pm

The less said about last Saturday’s match, the better, but now that I’ve mentioned it, I guess we all have to sit silently for a moment and mentally relive how it ended. Sorry about that.

As a result of the loss, the Whitecaps are no longer in the driver’s seat to reclaim the Cascadia Cup. With one match left for the Whitecaps to play for the Caps, they need a win against Portland and for Seattle to drop a result, preferably two. Que será, será.

And now for something completely different: playing away to league leaders LAFC. Fun Fact™: LAFC has double the points that the Whitecaps have (and earned them in one fewer game so far). Another Fun Fact™: The Whitecaps are one of only two teams to have beaten them this season. The other team is Colorado, who we can charitably call the Whitecaps peers, results-wise. Here’s hoping we can trip LAFC up again. MDS will have a few more options with which to try to stymie his former club. The Canadian contingent should be back from the Gold Cup but we’re still without Lass Bangoura, who is still with Guinea in the Round of 16 of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Referee Assignments

REF: Allen “Fast Car” Chapman
AR1: Jeremy “MMMbop” Hanson
AR2: Jason “American Idiot” White
4TH: Baldomero “Full Attack, With Sudden Defences” Toledo
VAR: Guido “The Unspeakable Chilly” Gonzales Jr
AVAR: Chris “Not a Musician” Elliott

http://proreferees.com/2019/07/02/2019-mls-assignments-week-18/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 7L, 20pts, 10th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps FC form: W-D-D-D-L
  • LAFC: 12W – 4D – 2L, 40pts, 1st place MLS West
  • MDS’ former club form: D-W-W-L-W

Away Viewing

MLS Round 19: Seattle Sounders

Away Game Day Info

Saturday, June 29th, Kickoff 7:00pm

Another game, another come from behind point earned by a late lightning strike. Lucas Venuto, who came on as a second half sub, managed to feed Yordy Reyna for the Caps first goal. Deep into stoppage time with the team still trailing, Venuto decided to unleash this beauty.

That was well worth the yellow card he earned, in my humble opinion.

And now we’re on to our long-awaited Cascadia Cup match against Seattle. Like the Whitecaps, they have a fistful of players away on international duty and cobbling together their lineup though they haven’t played since June 5th and should be well rested. Since the Caps have been warming up their shooting boots since coming back from the extended break, Saturday would be a great time to catch fire.

If you have bought a ticket with us for the Seattle game, or are travelling on the bus, check your email! Important details have been sent out.

http://vancouversouthsiders.ca/2019/06/seattle-away-trip-june-29/

Bus travelers, please carefully go over what is required, including times, so that we can all have an awesome trip down to Washington state to tighten our grip on the Cascadia Cup. https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/2019/06/seattle-away-trip-june-29/

Referee Assignments

REF: Alan “Under The Table” Kelly
AR1: Jeremy “Con” Kieso
AR2: Mike “The Stench” Rottersman
4TH: Elton “John” Garcia
VAR: Edvin “8 Eyes” Jurisevic
AVAR: Joshua “No Eyes” Patlak

http://proreferees.com/2019/06/25/2019-mls-assignments-week-17/

Cascadia Cup Standings

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

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 8D – 6L, 20pts, 9th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: D-W-D-D-D
  • Seattle Sounders FC: 7W – 5D – 4L, 26pts, 3rd place MLS West
  • Amazon’s Real Estate Wasteland form: W-D-L-L-L

Away Viewing

For those unable to join the convoy down the I5, Library Square Public House (300 West Georgia St) will be showing the match as usual. Facebook event for RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/347788659245916/

Seattle away trip June 29

Important information on Seattle Away June 29 trip.

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

08:30 gathering at Burrard street SkyTrain station, filling out waiver documents.
08:45 boarding the buses (collecting waiver documents and photocopies of passports)
09:00 Buses depart from Burrard station, WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU (for too long).
09:45 (estimated) pickup at Campbell River Store. BE THERE EARLIER. WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU.
13:00 (estimated) stop at Costcutters, purchasing provisions for the trip
15:45 (estimated) buses arrive at Stadium.
17:00 NE gate opens for away supporters. Entry with flags, banners and personal tifo is MANDATORY at this time.
19:00 Kickoff.
21:00 Conclusion of the game (3 points). Our sections will be held for 20-30 minutes. You have been warned. PLEASE BE PATIENT, NO DRAMA, DON’T BE A DICK.
21:45 (estimated) Buses depart from Centurylink parking lot. STAY WITH THE GROUP, DON’T WANDER AROUND, WE WILL NOT WAIT FOR YOU.
01:00 (estimated) Buses arrive back to Vancouver, making stops At Campbell River Store with final drop-off at Burrard Station.

Stadium entry

CenturyLink stadium has very strict limitations on bags (14x14x6 inch) see ticket for details, leave it on the bus or in your car. Be at the NE gate at 5pm, especially if you have personal tifo, flags, or you just want a better spot in the stands.

https://www.soundersfc.com/stadium/bag-policy

Prohibited items: Animals (service animals ok), Beach balls/frisbee, Bottles (glass), Cans, Coolers/Ice chests, Drugs/Illegal Substances, Fireworks/Flares/Smoke Bombs, Flammable liquids, Flasks, Glass Containers, Laser pens/pointers, Pepper spray, Weapons, Whistles, All laptops

Ticket only

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/tickets/  
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 buses! We have two buses, and expect great times on the way down and up the I-5.

Your match ticket is available for download from our website after login (Game tickets | Download/Manage) https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/tickets/  
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.

Note that you won’t be able to bring back any of your purchases back to Canada as we are away less than 24 hours.

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.
  • Supporters gear. Bring your best and loudest voice.
  • 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.