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.

MLS Round 18: FC Dallas

Away Game Day Info

Wednesday, June 26th, Kickoff 6:00pm

The friendly visit from Kei Kamara and Nico Mezquida on Saturday night was certainly eventful… The first half they combined for 3 assists, and if not for Jake Nerwinski’s sliding goal-line clearance, the little Uruguayan would have netted a goal on top of it. Thankfully a late first-half penalty and whatever primal screaming Marc Dos Santos engaged in at half time seemed to wake the Caps up from their post break slumber and they fought back to salvage a point.

If you want one thing to treasure from last Saturday, it should be Yordy Reyna rudely interrupting Tim Howard’s customary 80th minute nap time. Go back to bed, old man.

From scrapping with our peers in the basement of the league, we leap to facing a team in the top third of all our competitors. FC Dallas just hammered the snot out of Toronto FC. Perhaps they were embarrassed at being run out of the US Open Cup by USL Championship side New Mexico United? Hopefully they’ve worked out their frustrations and are ripe for another underdog to hand them a loss.

Referee Assignments

Unavailable at the time of posting. Hopefully it’s someone we’ve never heard of. Can’t be any worse than the devils we know.

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 7D – 6L, 19pts, 10th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: D-D-W-D-D
  • FC Dallas: 7W – 4D – 6L, 25pts, 4th place MLS West
  • Steaky moo moo form: D-L-W-D-W

Away Viewing

MLS Round 17: Colorado Rapids

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, June 22nd, Kickoff 7:00pm

It’s been so long since our last Whitecaps match that it’s hard to remember what was going on in the league. I’m pretty sure it was a matter of wins, draws, and losses, but who can say for sure?

The Caps still have a handful of players missing due to international team duties. Doneil Henry, Russell Teibert, Derek Cornelius and Maxime Crepeau are representing Canada at the Gold Cup, and Lass Bangoura is playing for Guinea, so expect the lineup to look different from the last outing.

As for Colorado, they’re no longer the worst team in the western conference due in large part to goals from former Caps Kei Kamara and Nico Mezquida. What a crazy world we live in.

Referee Assignments

REF: Fotis “Bazooka Joe” Bazakos
AR1: Brian “Pheasant Poacher” Poeschel
AR2: Matthew “1980 VW Bus” Nelson
4TH: Ramy “Sugar Cereal Reference” Touchan
VAR: Ricardo “Redcardo” Salazar
AVAR: Rene “Eyes Open Sleeper” Parra

http://proreferees.com/2019/06/18/2019-mls-assignments-week-16/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 5W – 6D – 6L, 18 pts, 9th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: L-D-D-W-D
  • Colorado Rapids: 4W – 3D – 9L, 15 pts, 11th place MLS West
  • Downhill floaters form: W-W-D-W-W

Pre-match at

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!
  • Note that we won’t have a membership table this Friday

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 11:30am – Library Square opens
  • 12:00pm – Norway vs Australia Women’s World Cup match
  • 2:30pm – Guyana vs Panama Gold Cup match
  • 5:00pm – US&A vs Trinidad and Tobago Gold Cup match
  • 6:00pm – March leaves
  • 7:00pm – Game kicks off
  • 9:00pm – Count all the lovely new points we just earned

March Route

March to the match route: Homer st to Robson st to Terry Fox Plaza
March leaves 1 hour before kickoff

MLS Round 16: Toronto FC

Home Game Day Info

Friday, May 31st, Kickoff 7:00pm

Last Saturday gave us some fabulous goals, including this goal of the week nominated effort from Ali “Please Don’t Go” Adnan. Watch it. Watch it again.

Don’t forget the nutmeg

This Friday is a bit of a special event. The Whitecaps have brought in as many of the 1979 Soccer Bowl winning team as they could to have a special commemoration of their victory 40 years ago.

Be in your seats early (the club told us to ask for 6:45pm) as there will be a special ceremony with members of the 1979 team, and a Ring of Honour induction for former coach Tony Waiters. If you want an opportunity to mingle with the team after the match, check out the details here:
https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2019/05/29/match-40th-anniversary-celebrations.

As for facing Toronto: No one likes The FCs. They’ve also been on an awful run of form lately. Hopefully the Caps can keep that awfulness going and hand them another loss, amirite?!?

Updates from Ciara McCormack and the Whitecaps

If you haven’t seen these yet, please take the time to read each of them.

Ciara McCormack released a blog post on Monday morning, talking about a meeting that took place between former players & Whitecaps ownership:
https://ciaramccormack.com/2019/05/27/3-months-after-the-blog-a-meeting-with-whitecaps-owners-a-massive-thank-you/

The Whitecaps also released a detailed announcement of the independent review they are commissioning:
https://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2019/05/27/whitecaps-fc-retains-nationally-recognized-sport-management-group

The walkout protests, media scrutiny and demands for action from the former players, fans & supporters have led us to this point. There is obviously much work remaining to be done. If you have any information you think would be pertinent to the review, or concerns that you hope the review will address, please make sure to note the statement at the bottom of the Whitecaps announcement and contact SLSG at safesport@sportlaw.ca.

Don’t forget to #shineALight35

We will be continuing to “shine a light” during the 35th minute of home matches. See our previous post for more information:
https://vancouversouthsiders.ca/2019/05/mls-round-15-fc-dallas/

Referee Assignments

REF: Jair “Mind Flayer” Marrufo
AR1: Jeff “Hobgoblin” Hosking
AR2: Micheal “Barghest” Barwegen
4TH: Elijio “Aarakocra” Arreguin
VAR: Jon “Fomorian” Freemon
AVAR: Mauricio “Necromancer” Navarro

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Dungeons_%26_Dragons_5th_edition_monsters

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 4W – 5D – 6L, 17 pts, 9th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: W-L-D-D-W
  • Toronto FC: 5W – 2D – 6L, 17 pts, 7th place MLS East
  • Canada’s least favourite FC form: L-L-D-L-L

Pre-match at

  • Library Square Public House, 300 W Georgia St – all ages on Whitecaps game days!
  • Note that we won’t have a membership table this Friday

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 11:30am – Library Square opens
  • 3:45pm – Start making excuses to leave work early
  • 7:00pm – Game kicks off
  • 35th minute – #shineALight35
  • 9:00pm – Head to the disco and get your groove on ’79 style

No march on weekdays!

MLS Round 15: FC Dallas

Home Game Day Info

Saturday, May 25th, Kickoff 4:00pm

A cancelled flight and being on the back side of the clump of games the Whitecaps are slogging through made for a tired bunch staggering into Red Bull Arena on Wednesday evening. Add a deep reach down the bench to fill in for injured or fatigued starters, and we had the makings for a potentially disastrous road game.

Lucky for us, MDS and the boys didn’t get the memo. Add in a VAR decision that went our way (!!?!?!??!?!???!?!!????!?!!) and we got a road point that no one expected at the start of the match. If it weren’t for Robles standing tall right to the last second for the Red Bulls, the result would have been even better.

This Saturday our bedraggled Whitecaps have their 5th game in 16 days against FC Dallas before earning a few days breather. Not a full week, of course, because that would be too much to add an extra day and let us enjoy another Saturday home match before taking a three week break. *eyeroll*

No more walkouts – #shineALight35 instead

It’s been over two weeks since the Whitecaps told supporters that they would have something announced “soon” regarding the internal review they’re commissioning. It’s clear that the executives and ownership are still committed to their ‘code of silence’ media tactics that they’ve used from the beginning of this current scandal. The walkouts helped shine a light on the many issues at the club, but there isn’t the will to continue disrupting the game day atmosphere with no further progress towards a resolution from the Whitecaps executives in sight.

As a symbolic act to show we haven’t stopped watching and demanding our club’s executives be accountable for their actions, we invite you to join us in something different.

The idea behind #ShineALight35 is to offer one minute of support and recognition to all victims of violence, harassment and abuse in sport. Sexual abuse, harassment, bullying and discrimination have no place in our club.  They do not make our players better, they do not get us results, and they leave players hurt and diminished with often long lasting psychological damage.  

We don’t want anyone associated with our club to ever experience that, and so we choose to shine a light when we see it happening by raising awareness, supporting victims and calling for change.  We have been doing this through walkouts at the 35th minute, but now it’s time for something different.

From now on in the 35th minute of every Whitecaps match, you are invited to join us in illuminating the flashlight on your phone and creating a sea of light to let victims of abuse know that we are committed to seeing them and supporting their right to a safe sport environment where they can develop and grow and where their dignity is affirmed.  

Abuse in sport happens all the time.  The #SafeSport initiative aims to change the culture of sport to address and eliminate abuse and harassment at all levels so that athletes can develop their best selves.  As supporters of our club we want that for everyone at every level, from the first team through the academy and down to everyone who comes to a kid’s camp.  

Please join us in the 35th minute of every match to #ShineALight35 on abuse.

#safeSport Shirts

We will have the #safeSport shirts available for purchase at Library Square before the match on Saturday. Wearing one to the game is another way to show direct support for the former Whitecaps and Canadian U20 players who came forward.

Referee Assignments

REF: Alex Chilowicz
AR1: Mike Rottersman
AR2: Chris Wattam
4TH: Pierre-Luc Lauziere
VAR: Ricardo Salazar
AVAR: Peter Balciunas

http://proreferees.com/2019/05/21/2019-mls-assignments-week-13/

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 3W – 5D – 6L, 14 pts, 9th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: W-W-L-D-D
  • FC Dallas: 5W – 3D – 5L, 18 pts, 6th place MLS West
  • Walking Steaks form: D-L-L-L-D

Pre-Match At

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

Southsiders Itinerary

  • 11:00am – Library Square opens
  • ~2:00pm – Membership table opens & #safeSport shirts available
  • 3:00pm – March leaves Library Square
  • 4:00pm – Game kicks off
  • 35th minute – #shineALight35
  • 6:00pm – Fire up the grill and get cooking

March Leaves at 3pm from Library Square

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

MLS Round 14: New York Red Bulls

Away Game Day Info

Wednesday, May 22nd, Kickoff 5:00pm

Who would have thought that two injured teams playing in the middle of a schedule crunch would result in even more injuries? Thankfully, Felipe reported that despite how brutal the tackle was that took him out of the game, he expects to be good to go for Wednesday. More worrying was Doneil Henry coming out of the match with what looked like a hamstring injury that no one seemed particularly surprised about. Fingers crossed he’s back in the lineup soon.

Speaking of defenders… How about this volley from Derek Cornelius? 👀👀👀👀


👀👀👀👀

Next up: New York Red Bulls. Tim Parker picked up a red card in their last match, so… there’s that. Maybe they’ll be defensively vulnerable. Vulnerable to teams with an attack maybe? Do we have any attackers? Maybe it’s time to give Cornelius a run out up top…

Referee Assignments

Not available at the time of posting. But trust me fam, we ain’t gonna like it.

Previous Results

  • Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 3W – 4D – 6L, 13pts, 9th place MLS West
  • Whitecaps form: D-W-W-L-D
  • New York Red Bulls: 5W – 2D – 5L, 18pts, 6th place MLS East
  • Kidney failure FC form: W-W-L-W-W

Away Viewing

  • Library Square Public House, 300 West Georgia St – all ages for Whitecaps game days!
  • Membership table for cash payments and pickups will be available after 11:00am

Please RSVP to our Facebook event to help our venue partner reserve the right amount of tables for us! https://www.facebook.com/events/2689898001084724/