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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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
REF: Alex Chilowicz AR1: Mike Rottersman AR2: Chris Wattam 4TH: Pierre-Luc Lauziere VAR: Ricardo Salazar AVAR: Peter Balciunas
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…
Not available at the time of posting. But trust me fam, we ain’t gonna like it.
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
The Caps might not have won the game, but they had every chance to get a result thanks to Crépeau’s heroics between the sticks. Still, keepers rarely can both stand on their heads and score goals. Can we talk about how much we’re missing Reyna right now? Yes?
We’re missing Reyna right now. Good talk. And to add injury to all the other injuries, Bizzaro World Reyna (aka Bangoura) is out of the lineup with a bad ham sandwich or something. I’m not a doctor, okay? Whatever it was that’s got Lass on the injury list doesn’t seem to be serious but will keep him out of Saturday’s match. We’re looking thin in the attacking positions right now.
The Good News™ is that SKC is currently also suffering from a heavily injured squad, seemingly worse than the Whitecaps, and is also having a middlin’ to poor start to their season. The Whitecaps don’t have to be giant slayers to grab some points on Saturday, they can probably get away with being run-of-the-mill murderers*.
REF: Tim “Fix Or Repair Daily” Ford AR1: Corey “Metalhead” Rockwell AR2: Gjovalin “The G is Silent” Bori 4TH: Michael “How Many Rads Can He” Radchuk VAR: Sorin “High As Hell” Stoica AVAR: Jonathan “Joe Nathan” Johnson
On Tuesday, May 7th, representatives of Whitecaps supporters groups Curva Collective and the Vancouver Southsiders met with Whitecaps executives and minority owner Jeff Mallett. This was the second meeting stemming from protests organized by supporters over the Whitecaps handling, both past and present, of the many issues we’ve seen at the club over the years. These issues include, but are not limited to, the concerns brought forward by Ciara McCormack and the former U20 Canadian Women’s National Team players.
During the May 7th meeting the subject of an internal review being commissioned by the Whitecaps, covering internal policies as well as actions taken by the Whitecaps organization from 2007 to present, was brought up. We are extremely interested in the scope of the review, which we understand had not yet been finalized as the party conducting the review had not been selected at that time.
We believe that any review of the Whitecaps actions must address the topics below, and hope to see answers to the specific questions we have put forward. Note that some of these questions were sent to the Whitecaps on the morning of May 7th. Supporters asked for written responses within 48 hours. While some of our questions were answered either indirectly or after being asked explicitly in the meeting, the majority have not been addressed at all.
Topics of Interest
The ombudsman & the reports generated from the independent investigations in 2007 / 2008
The role of the VPD / police liaison at the Whitecaps, and in relation to many of the other issues
The handling of the incidents of harassment & abuse in 2007, 2008 & 2011 brought forward by Ciara McCormack and the former U20 players
The present handling of the many issues brought forward in the past months
The hiring of Brett Adams in 2013
The Whitecaps handling of the assault of a residency player in 2017
Questions sent to the Whitecaps May 7th
How was the ombudsman selected to lead the independent investigations?
What credentials or qualifications did that individual hold as an ombudsman or mediator?
Did the ombudsman have any relationships, personal or professional, with past or present owners or executives of the Whitecaps before being selected for the work in 2007 & 2008?
What was the scope of work defined for the ombudsman’s investigations?
What is your current expected timeline on releasing the ombudsman’s report(s) to the former players?
What current impediments exist to releasing the ombudsman’s reports?
Who decided that Mr Mallet would do a private audience with media partners on May 1st instead of an open press conference with those who have been asking for comment previously?
When will ownership be made available to answer questions from all media?
When will executives be made available to answer questions from all media?
How did the decision to terminate Mr Birarda’s employment for cause turn into ‘mutually parting ways’, a factor that reportedly played heavily in his ability to be hired to coach young girls soon after leaving the Whitecaps and U20 team?
What contact was made and when, formally or informally, between Mr Birarda’s prospective new employer and the Whitecaps?
At what point were executives aware that Mr Birarda was continuing to coach young women?
Why was nothing done when this fact was raised by Ciara on October 28, 2011?
Will you publish your current policies that are relevant to the review being commissioned?
Please provide the scope and aims of the policy review being commissioned.
On November 5, 2018, Canada Soccer announced that it had signed an agreement with Respect in Sport. Respect in Sport was founded by former NHL hockey player Sheldon Kennedy is aimed at preventing abuse in sport through coursework for coaches and team officials working with young athletes. All coaches participating in Canada Soccer’s licensing programs are now required to complete a soccer-specific coaching module. Have all of the Whitecaps youth coaches completed this module and if not, is there a timeline requiring them to do so?
At our meeting on Saturday April 27th, 2019 Rachel and Jeff both claimed that they had not been approached by any of the women players with their concerns since 2008. Why was this statement made to those at the meeting when it seems clear that Ciara McCormack had come forward to several executives on multiple occasions?
Provide a timeline of events in 2017.
When was the club made aware of the assault [in 2017]?
Who from the club was in contact with the victim’s family and when?
Who contacted the RCMP to initially report the assault and at what date & time?
Who at the club was involved in directing the club’s actions in relation to this matter?
What support was given or arranged by the club for the victim?
What support was given or arranged by the club for the other members of the team who witnessed the assault?
What changes, if any, were made at the club to prevent a similar horrific situation from occurring in the future?
In the April 27th meeting, you claimed that you publicly refuted many details reported about the 2017 assault. Where has this been published?
What are the specific details that you refute in the news stories published about this topic?
Additional questions not previously sent
Who approved the contents of the initial statements made earlier this year?
Who approved the amendment to the earlier statements issued April 1st?
Who approved the “letter to the Whitecaps Community” released April 17th?
For what reasons do the Whitecaps maintain a police liaison?
Is the police liaison an employee or contractor brought in as needed?
What role has the police liaisons played in the handling of any of the allegations from 2007, 2008, 2011 or 2017?
At what point did the Whitecaps contact Mr Adams about joining the organization as a youth coach?
At what point were the Whitecaps made aware of the of racist actions that led to Mr Adams employment being terminated with Notts County?
At what point was it decided to employ Mr Adams?
What role did or does Mr Adams have, if any, in selecting which children proceed further along the professional development pathway?
Have there been any incidents involving racist speech, action, or other instances of discrimination reported since Mr Adams joined the club?
At the particular academy center that employs Mr Adams, what is the process for a player or player’s family to report an instance of discrimination?
If you feel there is a topic that should be included, or a particular question that you hope the review should answer, please reach out to email@example.com and we can include your concern.
What an absolutely glorious night at BC Place we had last Friday. Maxime Crépeau made five saves to thoroughly earn a clean sheet and man of the match honours, as well as help put the Whitecaps clearly ahead in the Cascadia Cup table, with 4 points from their 2 matches so far.
The win was also the third time in the season where the Whitecaps put an end to an opponent’s win streak, having stopped Seattle and LAFC before Portland came to town. And this Wednesday, we host another streaking team in Atlanta United, who have 4 wins in a row. Might as well break another streak, right?
Supporting Together – Visiting Curva
Wednesday is the game we planned to ‘visit’ the Curva Collective, and support the team from their section. If you have a ticket in our GA section you should have received an email that allows you to indicate you want to join the expedition. If you’re interested in joining, email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP. This also means that our normal section of 252-253 will look and sound different. We’ll be back May 25th.
So far nothing has changed since Friday. We are calling for another #walkout35 for Wednesday’s match. Our aim is to use this publicity to achieve positive goals especially bringing attention and drum up support for #safeSport.
The desired meeting between the former players with Whitecaps ownership, without involvement of the Whitecaps executives, is still not happening as requested. It is our ask that this meeting take place, and we know the club has the necessary information to arrange it.
We disagree with the media strategy, consisting primarily of silence, that the Whitecaps are using, and encourage them to openly and promptly answer questions from all media.
We want to highlight the issue of athlete safety, and encourage everyone to look into the work being done nationally and provincially right now. Pitch in if you’re able. For more info search for #safeSport and #safeSportAthletes on social media, and look to the work being done by AthletesCAN (https://athletescan.com/en) and VIASport (https://www.viasport.ca/)
We have the #safeSport t-shirts available for sale online. Proceeds after costs are recovered will go to the former players. Note that your next opportunity for pickup will be Wednesday at Library Square Public House, ~5pm to 6pm. You can also pay cash in person.
The Whitecaps went to Colorado and throttled a road win out of the bedraggled Rapids! In the Toilet Bowl, we reigned supreme! Unfortunately for us, our leap-frog up the table was short lived, as Portland also put together a win on the road against the salty lakers.
It’s a Cascadia Cup match-up for us this week, meaning we need our boys dialed in and ready to go. Portland have won three in a row, all on the road, as their home stadium gets a face lift. Too bad for them they’re losing on Friday. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Sorry, eh?
#walkout35 – Protest walkout called for again Friday
As some of you may have seen, the start of this week has been a busy one for Whitecaps supporters. Monday evening, we met with Ciara McCormack and Curva Collective, and Tuesday evening Rain City Brigade, Curva Collective and Southsiders board members met with Whitecaps executives and minority owner Jeff Mallett.
We went into the meeting with the Whitecaps with some objectives we wanted to accomplish with them and questions we wanted answered, and unfortunately we did not get what we hoped for.
Despite the private meeting held with supporters, the communications from the Whitecaps have not changed since their May 1st statement.
We, along with the Curva Collective, are once again calling for a walkout at the 35th minute of the game, to watch the remainder of the first half on the concourse as we have done on April 17th and April 27th. We are calling for the walkout, showing solidarity with the former Whitecaps and U20 National Team players who have come forward with their stories of abuse, for the following reasons:
The desired meeting between the former players and Whitecaps ownership, without involvement of the Whitecaps executives, is still not happening as requested.
We disagree with the media strategy, consisting primarily of silence, that the Whitecaps are using, and encourage them to openly and promptly answer questions from all media.
We want to highlight the issue of athlete safety, and encourage everyone to look into the work being done nationally and provincially right now. Pitch in if you’re able. For more info search for #safeSport and #safeSportAthletes on social media, and look to the work being done by AthletesCAN (https://athletescan.com/en) and VIASport ( https://www.viasport.ca/)
Note for those who don’t read all the way to the bottom: we have an alternate venue for our away viewing this Friday due to a previously arranged private event at our normal venue. We’re at the Lamplighter this Friday evening!
It’s time for the Toilet Bowl! That’s right, the two worst teams in MLS are set to slap-fight each other for the crumbs falling off the top of the table. Which lukewarm team will get an extra large serving of dessert*? There’s only one way to find out, and it’s waiting for Friday! No one likes waiting, but there’s no way around it, unless you’ve pierced the veil of time and space through witchcraft, sorcery and advanced mathematics.
If you’re looking for something to brighten the prospect of a low-powered slug-fest, remember that both Kei Kamara and Nicolas Mezquida play for the Rapids. Here’s a Fun Fact™ for you: Kei Kamara has scored 5 goals, which is more than the 2 of the Whitecaps leading scorer so far this season, Doneil Henry. Another Fun Fact™: Nicolas Mezquida has the same goal & assist tally (1 of each) as our best offensive player, Yordy Reyna.
Speaking of Yordy, he’s seriously injured. Let’s all wish him a speedy recovery. We desperately need someone (everyone?) to step up their game in his absence.
Oh and Colorado fired their coach Wednesday morning. That seems like it bears mentioning.
REF: Alex “Relaaaaaaax” Chilowicz AR1: Jeff “Night King” Hosking AR2: TJ “Tiger Juice” Zablocki 4TH: Lorant “Lorax” Varga VAR: Edvin “Never Right” Jurisevic AVAR: Jonathan “Always Wrong” Johnson
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 1W – 3D – 5L, 5pts, 23rd place in MLS
Whitecaps form: L-D-W-L-D
Colorado Rapids: 0W – 2D – 7L, 2pts, 24th place in MLS
Goal hemorrhage FC form: L-L-L-L-L (not a typo)
Away Viewing At the Lamplighter!
Library Square had been bought out for this date before we entered into our agreement. This is the last time we’ll be hosted at an alternate venue for the rest of the year, though! Join us at the Lamplighter on Water St! It’s totally not awkward that you’ll probably walk past the Whitecaps offices to get there.