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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Games
Vancouver Whitecaps FC is a professional soccer club based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Fans may know them as the Whitecaps, Blue-and-White, and The Village. This Canadian team may not be the most competitive in MLS, but among other low-ranking teams, they are somewhat competitive. Keep reading to learn more about the Whitecaps and what their future in Major League Soccer (MLS) might hold.
When the Vancouver Whitecaps FC was founded in 2009, it was the 17th team to join MLS. Prior to that point, there was a United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Division 2 Professional League team of the same name. USSF is a nonprofit soccer organization in parts of the Americas, and their D2 Professional League was a temporary 12-team league meant to settle a feud within the United Soccer Leagues (USL) and the North American Soccer League (NASL), a step below Major League Soccer. After the first USSF season, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC successfully moved into MLS, carrying the same name.
For most of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s time in MLS, they have played out of BC Place in the False Creek area of Vancouver. The venue is shared with the BC Lions, which are part of the Canadian Football League. For most of Blue-and-White’s opening season, they competed at Empire Field. Once BC place competed the renovations in 2011, they moved there. The stadium has 54,500 seats, which is massive.
From the start, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC had a rocky record. Their first MLS match took place in 2011. It was a win against Toronto FC. However, in the next 11 matches, then racked up 6 draws and 5 loses. Most years, Blue-and-White rank low in the league. In 2018, they were 14th, and in 2019, they were 23rd. These numbers are not promising. However, the team has had a few blips of success; in 2015, they ranked 2nd in the Western Conference and 3rd overall.
Blue-and-White still pose a potential threat to a number of rivals, including the Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers – two fellow Pacific Northwest teams that compete for the Cascadia Cup. The Pacific Northwest soccer rivalries are known as some of the most competitive and tense in MLS, highlighted in publications including USA Today and Sports Illustrated. Other Canadian teams – Toronto FC and Montreal Impact – consider the Vancouver Whitecaps FC a potential threat, too, especially during the Canadian Championship and the Voyageurs Cup competitions. Although the Vancouver Whitecaps FC is not a top-tier team, their rivalries make for great matches and are must-sees for soccer lovers everywhere.