2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2012 season
Chairman Greg Kerfoot
Manager Martin Rennie
Stadium BC Place
Major League Soccer 5th, West
12th, Overall
MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout round
Canadian Championship Runners-up
Cascadia Cup 3rd
Pro Soccer Classic Winners
Top goalscorer League:
Darren Mattocks (7)
All:
Darren Mattocks (8)
Highest home attendance 21,000 (sell-out)
vs. Montreal Impact (March 10)
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (May 19)
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (July 18)
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (September 29)
vs. Portland Timbers (October 21)
Lowest home attendance 14,878
vs. Toronto FC (May 16)
Average home league attendance League: 19,475
All: 18,998
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season was the Whitecaps' second season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of soccer in the United States and Canada. In 2011, the expansion Whitecaps FC struggled to find the results and finished at the bottom of the league table winning just six matches with none on the road. By finishing last overall in the regular season the Whitecaps FC received the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft that were held in January 2012.

The Whitecaps second season began on March 10 against expansion side, and Canadian rivals, Montreal Impact at BC Place with a 2–0 victory. Vancouver set a MLS record by going 427 minutes without conceding a goal to start the season.[1] The club qualified for the playoffs for the first time on October 23 when the Seattle Sounders defeated FC Dallas. They became the first Canadian MLS team to make the playoffs in MLS history.

Vancouver finished as runners-up in the 2012 Canadian Championship after losing to Toronto FC in the Final for the second consecutive season, under the current bracket format. The Whitecaps defeated FC Edmonton with an aggregate score of 5–1 in the semi-finals before falling 2–1 on aggregate to Toronto.

Season overview[edit]

January/February[edit]

Le Toux was acquired on January 31 from Philadelphia. He scored the first goal of the season for Vancouver. He was traded to New York on July 13.

By finishing last overall in the league table in 2011, the Vancouver Whitecaps received the 2nd overall draft choice in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft. The SuperDraft was held on January 12 and the club selected Darren Mattocks with their first-round pick and Chris Estridge with their second-round pick. As a Generation Adidas player, Mattocks was already signed to a league contract prior to being drafted. The Whitecaps also selected four players in the Supplemental Draft, Gienir Garcia, Greg Klazura, Andrew Fontein and Mark Fetrow. Garcia was traded shortly after to Montreal in exchange for the discovery rights to Etienne Barbara.[2]

Training camp for the 2012 MLS season began in Vancouver on January 23. Under new head coach, Martin Rennie, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC underwent a large number of personnel changes both on the pitch and off. Rennie replaced assistant coaches Colin Miller and Denis Hamlett with Paul Ritchie, Carl Robinson and Jake DeClute. He also acquired several high profile players to add to the club. After signing Lee Young-Pyo and Lee Nguyen in December, the club acquired MLS All-star striker Sébastien Le Toux from the Philadelphia Union on January 31 in exchange for allocation money.[3] On February 16 the Whitecaps also announced the signing of Middlesbrough F.C. midfielder, and Scottish international, Barry Robson as their newest designated player, replacing Mustapha Jarju who was released shortly before. Robson will join the club in July after his season with Middlesbrough has concluded.[4]

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC spent ten days training at the Grande Sports World complex in Casa Grande, Arizona for the second consecutive season. During the training camp the club played in two friendlies against the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. Both matches ended in 1–1 draws with Camilo and Darren Mattocks scoring the goals for Vancouver. The Whitecaps returned to Vancouver for training and played a friendly against Victoria of the CIS. The Whitecaps won the match 2–1.

On February 21 the Whitecaps began training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The Whitecaps signed their second-round Supplemental Draft choice, Greg Klazura, on February 22.[5] During their two-week training camp in Florida they competed in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. Vancouver played three group stage matches against Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, and Sporting Kansas City. They finished the group stage with three wins while scoring seven goals, led by Le Toux with three, and conceding none.

March[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC second MLS season opener against the Montreal Impact on March 10 at BC Place.

The Vancouver Whitecaps won their first trophy as an MLS franchise when they defeated Toronto FC by a score of 1–0 in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic Final on March 3. Camilo scored the lone goal of the match for Vancouver in the 10th minute. The club then played their final match of the preseason, a community shield friendly, against Martin Rennie's former club, Carolina RailHawks FC, the following day. The match also featured former RailHawks FC players Brad Knighton and Matt Watson. The Whitecaps tied the match at 2 with a last-minute goal by Davide Chiumiento but ultimately lost 4–2 on penalties.

The Whitecaps kicked off their second MLS season on March 10 against rivals Montreal Impact in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,000 at BC Place.[6] This was the first match between the two storied rival squads in Major League Soccer. The Whitecaps scored early with Sébastien Le Toux registering his first goal for Vancouver in the 4th minute after receiving a flicked on header from Eric Hassli before sliding the ball passed goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. In the league's seventeen season history, Le Toux's strike was the fastest opening goal ever to start a season.[7] The Whitecaps increased their lead when 2011 leading scorer, Camilo, scored his first goal of the season in the 54th minute. Joe Cannon made five saves to earn his first win, and clean sheet, of the season as the Whitecaps won their season opener 2–0. The match was watched by an average of 541,000 viewers in Canada, with a total of 2.5 million people tuning in for at least a portion of the match, on TSN and RDS making it the most-viewed MLS game ever in the country.[8]

Vancouver played their first road match of the season on March 17 against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. Captain Jay DeMerit scored the lone goal, his first as a Whitecap, of the match with a header off a corner kick in the 68th minute. Goalkeepers Joe Cannon and Brad Knighton combined for the clean sheet and the Whitecaps won their first away match in their MLS history. Knighton replaced Cannon who was subbed off with an injury in the 41st minute.[9] Joe Cannon was awarded the MLS Save of the Week for his stop on Casey Townsend in the 32nd minute.[10]

The Whitecaps continued their streak of not conceding a goal on March 24 in a 0–0 draw with D.C. United. Cannon was awarded with his second consecutive Save of the Week when he blocked a Hamdi Salihi header off a corner kick in the 67th minute.[11] Vancouver capped off the month of March with their fourth clean sheet of the season but, once again, failed to score themselves against the Philadelphia Union.

April[edit]

The Whitecaps saw their four-match unbeaten streak to open the season end on April 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Sébastien Le Toux scored a second half goal for Vancouver but Chris Wondolowski replied with a brace and San Jose won 3–1. The match also saw the Whitecaps set a new MLS record for shutout streak to open a season end at 427 minutes, a mark previously set by the New York Red Bulls at 421 minutes.[1]

John Furlong, former CEO of VANOC for the 2010 Winter Olympics, was named Executive Chair of the Whitecaps on April 12.[12]

Vancouver suffered their second consecutive 3–1 at the hands of Sporting Kansas City on April 18 before rebounding to beat both FC Dallas and Columbus Crew 1–0 on April 21 and 28 respectively. Camilo and Lee Young-Pyo scored the goals respectively.

May[edit]

Kenny Miller was signed July 16 as the club's current third designated player, fourth to date.

The Whitecaps opened the month of May with the first leg of their semi-final fixture for the 2012 Canadian Championship in an away match against FC Edmonton of the NASL. They earned a 2–0 victory over their Canadian rivals with goals from Eric Hassli and Atiba Harris while Brad Knighton earned the clean sheet in his first start for the club. On May 5 the Whitecaps had a re-match with the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place. Vancouver were able to defeat San Jose 2–1 despite falling behind in the 15th minute. Eric Hassli scored in the final minute of stoppage time to give the club its first ever win when trailing in a match. The match took place exactly thirty-eight years since the Whitecaps played their first ever competitive match as a club, also against the San Jose Earthquakes, where they were defeated by the same 2–1 scoreline.

On May 12 the Whitecaps suffered their worst defeat of the season to date dropping a 4–1 decision to the New England Revolution. Lee Nguyen, who was waived by the Whitecaps in the preseason, scored two goals and helped setup another. Vancouver drew 1–1 against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. Ryan Johnson put the visitors ahead but Eric Hassli scored in stoppage time to salvage a draw. Hassli's goal was described by analysts as "jaw-dropping" and compared to his goal against Seattle Sounders FC in 2011, which received international acclaim and was a finalist for the 2011 Best Play ESPY Award and runner-up for MLS goal of the year.[13][14][15]

Vancouver opened the 2012 Cascadia Cup against the Seattle Sounders at BC Place on May 19. Twice the Whitecaps earned the lead with goals from Alain Rochat and Camilo but both were answered by Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero for Seattle with the match finishing in a 2–2 draw. Vancouver failed to win their first Canadian Championship losing 1–0 to Toronto FC, 2–1 on aggregate. The Whitecaps ended the month in Portland where they drew 1–1 with the Timbers. Darren Mattocks scored his first MLS goal in the 84th minute to pull the Whitecaps even.

June[edit]

On June 15, the Vancouver Whitecaps unveiled their new third kit. The design features an arbutus brown colour with sky blue trim. The new kit debuted on June 17 against Colorado where the Whitecaps won 1–0. On June 18 the club introduced Barry Robson to the media. Robson will be eligible to join the line-up on June 27. On June 28 the Whitecaps waived midfielder Floyd Franks and traded forward Tan Long to D.C. United.

July[edit]

Barry Robson made his club debut on July 4 against Colorado. Robson was named to the starting eleven by Martin Rennie and played 57 minutes before being subbed off. The Whitecaps won the match 1–0 on a goal by Darren Mattocks. The win brought Vancouver to 29 points, eclipsing their total of 28 points in 2011. On July 8 captain Jay DeMerit was named to the MLS All-Star first XI. The 2012 MLS All-Star game took place July 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The MLS All-Stars defeated the 2012 UEFA Champions League and 2012 FA Cup winners, Chelsea, 3–2.

On July 11 it was announced that Davide Chiumiento would be transferred to FC Zürich.[16] Further moves were made on July 13 when Sébastien Le Toux was traded to New York Red Bulls in exchange for Dane Richards.[17] On July 16 the Whitecaps announced the addition of a third designated player, captain of the Scottish national team, Kenny Miller.[18] Miller made his Whitecaps debut coming off the bench against San Jose a week later.

On July 20 Martin Rennie made more moves by trading away the club's first ever designated player Eric Hassli to Toronto FC in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and an international roster slot through the 2013 season.[19] This also freed an international slot for the club in addition to the slot acquired from the trade.

August[edit]

The club made two depth acquisitions to begin the month of August signing Irish centre back Andy O'Brien and Brazilian midfielder Tiago Ulisses. O'Brien made his debut coming off the bench against Real Salt Lake on August 11.

October[edit]

On October 21 the Vancouver Whitecaps became the first Canadian MLS team to qualify for the MLS Playoffs.[20] They entered the day needing either a win against Portland, an FC Dallas defeat, or a draw with Portland and a FC Dallas draw with Seattle. Vancouver fell 0–1 but still clinched as the Sounders defeated Dallas 3–1.

November[edit]

The team lost their one-game playoff game against Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 despite opening the scoring in the third minute of the match.[21] The Galaxy eventually went on to win the MLS Cup.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

As of August 8, 2012 [22]
No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age as of Nov. 1) Previous Club
Goalkeepers
1 Joe Cannon  United States GK (1975-01-01)January 1, 1975 (aged 37) San Jose Earthquakes
18 Brad Knighton  United States GK (1985-02-06)February 6, 1985 (aged 27) Carolina RailHawks
24 Brian Sylvestre  United States GK (1992-12-19)December 19, 1992 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps Residency
Defenders
3 Jordan Harvey  United States LB (1984-01-28)January 28, 1984 (aged 28) Philadelphia Union
4 Alain Rochat  Switzerland LB (1983-02-01)February 1, 1983 (aged 29) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
6 Jay DeMerit  United States CB (1979-12-04)December 4, 1979 (aged 32) Watford F.C.
12 Lee Young-Pyo  South Korea RB (1977-04-23)April 23, 1977 (aged 35) Al-Hilal FC
15 Martín Bonjour  Argentina CB (1985-04-09)April 9, 1985 (aged 27) Rampla Juniors
19 Carlyle Mitchell  Trinidad and Tobago CB (1987-08-08)August 8, 1987 (aged 25) Joe Public F.C.
32 Greg Klazura  United States RB (1988-01-27)January 27, 1988 (aged 24) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
40 Andy O'Brien  Ireland CB (1979-06-29)June 29, 1979 (aged 33) Leeds United A.F.C.
Midfielders
11 John Thorrington  United States CM (1979-11-17)November 17, 1979 (aged 32) Chicago Fire
13 Michael Nanchoff  United States CM (1988-09-24)September 24, 1988 (aged 24) Akron Zips
14 Barry Robson  Scotland CM (1978-11-07)November 7, 1978 (aged 33) Middlesbrough F.C.
16 Matt Watson  England CM (1985-01-01)January 1, 1985 (aged 27) Carolina RailHawks
20 Dane Richards  Jamaica RW (1983-12-14)December 14, 1983 (aged 28) New York Red Bulls
23 Tiago Ulisses  Brazil MF (1989-05-09)May 9, 1989 (aged 23) Botafogo Futebol Clube
27 Jun Marques Davidson  Japan DM (1983-06-07)June 7, 1983 (aged 29) Tokushima Vortis
28 Gershon Koffie  Ghana MF (1991-08-25)August 25, 1991 (aged 21) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
31 Russell Teibert  Canada LW (1992-12-22)December 22, 1992 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
36 Bryce Alderson  Canada MF (1994-02-05)February 5, 1994 (aged 18) Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
Forwards
7 Kenny Miller  Scotland FW (1979-12-23)December 23, 1979 (aged 32) Cardiff City
8 Etienne Barbara  Malta FW (1982-06-10)June 10, 1982 (aged 30) Carolina RailHawks
9 Atiba Harris  Saint Kitts and Nevis FW (1985-01-09)January 9, 1985 (aged 27) FC Dallas
17 Omar Salgado  United States FW (1993-09-10)September 10, 1993 (aged 19) C.D. Guadalajara
22 Darren Mattocks  Jamaica FW (1990-09-02)September 2, 1990 (aged 22) Akron Zips
34 Caleb Clarke  Canada FW (1993-06-23)June 23, 1993 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
37 Camilo  Brazil FW (1988-07-21)July 21, 1988 (aged 24) Gyeongnam FC

Transfers in[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 17, 2011 Canada Bryce Alderson MF Canada Vancouver (Residency) Free [23]
December 6, 2011 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Free [24]
December 15, 2011 United States Lee Nguyen MF Vietnam Becamex Binh Duong F.C. Free, Weighted lottery process [25]
December 16, 2011 England Matt Watson MF United States Carolina RailHawks Free [26]
January 6, 2012 Argentina Martín Bonjour DF Uruguay Rampla Juniors Undisclosed terms [27]
January 12, 2012 Jamaica Darren Mattocks FW United States University of Akron Zips 2012 MLS SuperDraft [28]
January 17, 2012 United States Brad Knighton GK United States Carolina RailHawks Free [29]
January 19, 2012 Japan Jun Marques Davidson MF Japan Tokushima Vortis Undisclosed [30]
January 31, 2012 France Sébastien Le Toux FW United States Philadelphia Union Acquired for allocation money [3]
February 16, 2012 Scotland Barry Robson MF England Middlesbrough Free transfer, pre-contract. Joined club in July. [4]
February 22, 2012 United States Greg Klazura DF United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish Supplemental Draft, 2nd round [5]
February 28, 2012 Malta Etienne Barbara FW United States Carolina RailHawks Discovery rights acquired from Montreal. Signed February 28, 2012 [2][31]
March 6, 2012 United States Floyd Franks MF United States Carolina RailHawks Free [32]
April 24, 2012 Canada Caleb Clarke FW Canada Vancouver (Residency) Free [33]
July 13, 2012 Jamaica Dane Richards MF United States New York Red Bulls Acquired for Sébastien Le Toux [17]
July 16, 2012 Scotland Kenny Miller FW Wales Cardiff City Transfer, undisclosed fee [18]
August 1, 2012 Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien DF England Leeds United A.F.C. Transfer, undisclosed fee [34]
August 3, 2012 Brazil Tiago Ulisses MF Brazil Botafogo Futebol Clube Transfer, undisclosed fee [35]

Transfers out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 7, 2011 Cameroon Alexandre Morfaw MF Waived [36]
November 23, 2011 United States Jeb Brovsky MF Canada Montreal Impact Expansion Draft [37]
November 23, 2011 Tanzania Nizar Khalfan MF United States Philadelphia Union Waived, free transfer [37]
November 23, 2011 United States Bilal Duckett DF Waived [37]
November 30, 2011 United States Shea Salinas MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Traded for allocation money [38]
December 5, 2011 United States Jay Nolly GK United States Chicago Fire Traded for a 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 pick [39]
December 29, 2011 United States Greg Janicki DF United States San Antonio Scorpions Waived [40]
December 29, 2011 United States Jonathan Leathers DF Waived [40]
December 29, 2011 United States Peter Vagenas MF United States C.D. Chivas USA Waived [40]
January 20, 2012 The Gambia Mustapha Jarju FW Belgium R.A.E.C. Mons Contract terminated. Later re-signed with RAEC Mons on January 25, 2012. [41][42]
January 20, 2012 Canada Philippe Davies MF Option declined [41]
March 1, 2012 United States Lee Nguyen MF United States New England Revolution Waived. Later selected by New England in waiver draft on March 2, 2012. [43]
June 22, 2012 New Zealand Michael Boxall DF New Zealand Wellington Phoenix FC Waived [44]
June 28, 2012 United States Floyd Franks MF United States Carolina RailHawks Waived [45]
June 28, 2012 China Tan Long FW United States D.C. United Traded for 2015 MLS SuperDraft Round 3 pick [45]
July 11, 2012 Switzerland Davide Chiumiento MF Switzerland FC Zürich Transfer fee undisclosed [16]
July 13, 2012 France Sébastien Le Toux FW United States New York Red Bulls Traded for Dane Richards and allocation money. [17]
July 20, 2012 France Eric Hassli FW Canada Toronto FC Traded for 2014 MLS SuperDraft Round 1 pick and international roster spot through 2013. [19]

Club[edit]

Front office and staff[edit]

Martin Rennie was hired as the new Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach on August 9, 2011.
Position Staff
Owners  CAN Greg Kerfoot
 USA Stephen Luczo
 CAN Jeff Mallett
 CAN Steve Nash
President  CAN Bob Lenarduzzi
Head Coach  SCO Martin Rennie
Director of Operations  USA Tom Soehn
Assistant Coaches  USA Jake DeClute
 SCO Paul Ritchie
 WAL Carl Robinson
Staff Coach  CAN Martin Nash
Goalkeeper Coach  NOR Marius Røvde
Scouting Coordinator  USA Jake DeClute
Head Athletic Trainer  USA Jake Joachim
Physiotherapist  CAN Graeme Pool
Head of Sports Medicine & Science  CAN Rick Celebrini
Strength & Conditioning Coach  USA Mike Young
As of March 15, 2012 [46]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Nat Pos Player Total Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 United States GK Joe Cannon 28 0 26+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
3 United States DF Jordan Harvey 30 1 18+8 1 1+0 0 2+1 0
4 Switzerland DF Alain Rochat 31 2 27+0 2 1+0 0 3+0 0
6 United States DF Jay DeMerit 35 1 31+0 1 1+0 0 3+0 0
7 Scotland FW Kenny Miller 14 2 8+5 2 0+1 0 0+0 0
8 Malta FW Etienne Barbara 4 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 1+1 0
9 Saint Kitts and Nevis FW Atiba Harris 8 1 3+4 0 0+0 0 1+0 1
11 United States MF John Thorrington 24 0 14+5 0 1+0 0 4+0 0
12 South Korea DF Lee Young-Pyo 36 1 33+0 1 1+0 0 2+0 0
13 United States MF Michael Nanchoff 11 0 1+8 0 0+0 0 1+1 0
14 Scotland MF Barry Robson 18 3 16+1 3 1+0 0 0+0 0
15 Argentina DF Martín Bonjour 31 1 27+1 1 0+1 0 2+0 0
16 England MF Matt Watson 17 0 10+5 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
17 United States FW Omar Salgado 8 0 5+2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
18 United States GK Brad Knighton 13 0 8+2 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
19 Trinidad and Tobago DF Carlyle Mitchell 4 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 Jamaica MF Dane Richards 13 3 9+3 3 0+1 0 0+0 0
22 Jamaica FW Darren Mattocks 25 9 15+6 7 1+0 1 0+3 1
23 Brazil FW Tiago Ulisses 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
24 United States GK Brian Sylvestre 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
27 Japan MF Jun Marques Davidson 26 0 24+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
28 Ghana MF Gershon Koffie 32 3 28+1 3 1+0 0 2+0 0
31 Canada MF Russell Teibert 4 0 1+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 United States DF Greg Klazura 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
34 Canada FW Caleb Clarke 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
36 Canada MF Bryce Alderson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
37 Brazil FW Camilo 31 5 19+9 5 0+0 0 3+0 0
40 Republic of Ireland DF Andy O'Brien 9 0 7+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
New Zealand DF Michael Boxall 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
Switzerland MF Davide Chiumiento 20 0 15+1 0 0+0 0 2+2 0
France FW Eric Hassli 22 4 9+9 2 0+0 0 3+1 2
United States MF Floyd Franks 2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
France FW Sébastien Le Toux 22 6 18+1 4 0+0 0 2+1 2
China FW Tan Long 5 0 0+4 0 0+0 0 0+1 0

Last updated: January 7, 2013
Source: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

No. Nat. Player Total Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship
MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA
1 United States Joe Cannon 2,457 79 36 1.32 2,277 73 34 1.34 0 0 0 0.00 180 6 2 1.00
18 United States Brad Knighton 1,052 40 10 0.86 782 27 7 0.81 90 5 2 2.00 180 8 1 0.50
24 United States Brian Sylvestre 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00

Last updated: January 7, 2013
Source: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Starting XI[edit]

Soccer Field Transparant.svg

United States
Knighton
South Korea
Lee
Republic of Ireland
O'Brien
United States
DeMerit
United States
Harvey
Ghana
Koffie
Switzerland
Rochat
Scotland
Robson
England
Watson
Jamaica
Mattocks
Scotland
Miller

Configuration based on August 2012 starting lineups.

Top scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Major League Soccer MLS Playoffs Canadian Championship Total
1 22 FW Jamaica Darren Mattocks 7 1 1 9
2 FW France Sébastien Le Toux 4 0 2 6
3 37 FW Brazil Camilo 5 0 0 5
4 FW France Eric Hassli 2 0 2 4
5 14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 3 0 0 3
20 MF Jamaica Dane Richards 3 0 0 3
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 3 0 0 3
8 4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 2 0 0 2
7 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 2 0 0 2
10 Four players tied with 1 goal each
TOTALS 35 1 6 42
As of January 7, 2013 [47]

Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Top assists[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total assists are equal.

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship Total
1 MF Switzerland Davide Chiumiento 5 0 3 8
2 37 FW Brazil Camilo 7 0 0 7
3 12 DF South Korea Lee Young-Pyo 4 0 0 4
4 4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 2 0 1 3
FW France Eric Hassli 3 0 0 3
6 3 DF United States Jordan Harvey 2 0 0 2
14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 2 0 0 2
17 FW United States Omar Salgado 1 0 1 2
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 2 0 0 2
10 Ten players tied with 1 assist each
TOTALS 35 1 6 42
As of January 7, 2013 [48]

Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by position, and then shirt number.

N P Nat. Name Major League Soccer Canadian Championship N/A Others Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
1 GK  USA Joe Cannon 1 1
18 GK  USA Brad Knighton
24 GK  USA Brian Sylvestre
3 DF  USA Jordan Harvey 1 1 2
4 DF   SUI Alain Rochat 6 6
6 DF  USA Jay DeMerit 3 3
12 DF  KOR Lee Young-Pyo 1 1
15 DF  ARG Martín Bonjour 5 1 6
19 DF  TTO Carlyle Mitchell
32 DF  USA Greg Klazura
11 MF  USA John Thorrington 1 1 2
13 MF  USA Michael Nanchoff
14 MF  SCO Barry Robson 1 1
16 MF  ENG Matt Watson 1 1
20 MF  JAM Dane Richards
23 MF  BRA Tiago Ulisses
27 MF  JPN Jun Marques Davidson 6 6
28 MF  GHA Gershon Koffie 6 6 Suspended August 15 vs. FC Dallas for yellow card accumulation.
31 MF  CAN Russell Teibert
36 MF  CAN Bryce Alderson
7 FW  SCO Kenny Miller
8 FW  MLT Etienne Barbara
9 FW  SKN Atiba Harris 1 1
17 FW  USA Omar Salgado 1 1
22 FW  JAM Darren Mattocks 7 1 2 9 1
34 FW  CAN Caleb Clarke
37 FW  BRA Camilo 1 1
40 DF  IRE Andy O'Brien
DF  NZL Michael Boxall
MF   SUI Davide Chiumiento
MF  USA Floyd Franks
FW  FRA Eric Hassli 6 6
FW  FRA Sébastien Le Toux 1 1 1 1
FW  CHN Long Tan

Last updated: August 11, 2012
Source: Competitive matches
Only competitive matches
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Italic: denotes no longer with club.

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Arizona training[edit]

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

Friendlies[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Pro Soccer Classic Group stage Winner February 24 March 3
Major League Soccer 5th, West
11th, Overall
March 10 October 27
MLS Cup Playoffs Play-in Round Play-in Round November 1
Canadian Championship Semi-finals Runners-up May 2 May 23
Cascadia Cup 3rd May 19 October 21

Last updated: October 28, 2012
Source: Competitions

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]

Western Conference[edit]
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) (W1) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
3 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
4 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
6 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
7 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
8 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
9 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34

Updated to matches played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
(W1) = Western Conference champion; (W2) = Western Conference runner-up; (W3) = Western Conference third seed; (WC) = Qualifies for playoffs via wild-card.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but not yet to the particular round indicated; (E) = Eliminated from playoff contention.

Overall[edit]
Pos
Team
Pts
GP
W
L
T
GF
GA
GD
Qualification or relegation
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 66 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 Supporters' Shield & 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 63 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15
3 D.C. United 58 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10
4 New York Red Bulls 57 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11
5 Real Salt Lake 57 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11
6 Chicago Fire 57 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5
7 Seattle Sounders FC 56 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18
8 LA Galaxy 54 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12
9 Houston Dynamo 53 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7
10 Columbus Crew 52 34 15 12 7 44 44 0
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 43 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6
12 Montreal Impact 42 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6
13 FC Dallas 39 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5
14 Colorado Rapids 37 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6
15 Philadelphia Union 36 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8
16 New England Revolution 35 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5
17 Portland Timbers 34 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22
18 Chivas USA 30 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34
19 Toronto FC 23 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26

Updated to games played on October 28, 2012
Source: MLSsoccer.com
(SS) = MLS Supporters' Shield
1The highest ranked U.S.-based MLS club qualifies to the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League (placed in Pot A). The other U.S. representatives in the 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League are:


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L D GF GA GD W L D GF GA GD W L D GF GA GD
34 43 11 13 10 35 41 −6 8 3 6 25 17 +8 3 10 4 10 24 −14

Last updated: October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34
Ground H A H A A H H A H A H A H H H A A A A A H H A H H A A A A H H H H A
Result W W D D L L W W W L D D W W D L W D L L D W L W L L L L L D D W L D

Last updated: October 27, 2012.
Source: MLS results
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Match results[edit]

Schedule[49]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Note[edit]

^a Indicates a match against a Cascadia Cup rival.

MLS Cup playoffs[edit]

Main article: 2012 MLS Cup Playoffs

Knockout round[edit]

Canadian Championship[edit]

See also: Voyageurs Cup

The club participates in the four-team Canadian Championship which includes FC Edmonton, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC. The champion of the tournament is awarded the Voyageurs Cup and qualifies for the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Each round will feature a two-legged home-and-away format. The team with the higher aggregate score from both matches will be declared the winner. Should there be a tie in the aggregate score, the away goals rule will be used to determine the winner. Should the away goals also be even then an additional 30 minutes of extra time will be played with the away goals rule no longer in effect. The final tiebreaker will be a penalty shootout.

Semi-finals[edit]

Final[edit]

MLS reserves[edit]

Main article: MLS Reserve League

The Vancouver Whitecaps will compete in the West Division for the 2012 MLS Reserves season. The division consists of six teams, including Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes. The Whitecaps will play each other team twice, once home and once away.

League table[edit]

West Division
Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 LA Galaxy (C) 10 6 3 1 22 11 +11 19
2 San Jose Earthquakes 10 5 3 2 15 12 +3 17
3 Seattle Sounders FC 10 4 5 1 18 18 0 13
4 Portland Timbers 10 4 5 1 17 18 –1 13
5 Chivas USA 10 3 4 3 21 21 0 12
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 3 5 2 11 22 –11 11

Source: MLSsoccer.com

Match results[edit]

Schedule[50]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Cascadia Cup[edit]

See also: Cascadia Cup
Vancouver Whitecaps FC debut at BC Place on October 2 against Cascadia rivals and expansion cousins, Portland Timbers.

The Whitecaps have had a long-standing rivalry with the Pacific Northwest clubs Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers, dating back to the 1970s when ancestry clubs of the same name played in the original and now-defunct North American Soccer League. The tri-member tournament will continue in 2012.

The winner is determined through league matches between the sides, and the club with the best record against both sides wins the trophy. The 2012 MLS season will see an unbalanced schedule due to an uneven number of teams with the addition of the Montreal Impact. As a result, the Whitecaps will play three matches each against Portland and Seattle. The odd number of matches means Vancouver will host the Sounders twice and Timbers once while visiting Seattle Portland once and twice respectively. This setup will alternate each year.

Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Portland Timbers 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 11
2 Seattle Sounders FC 6 2 1 3 9 5 +4 9
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6 0 3 3 4 8 -4 3

Recognition[edit]

MLS Save of the Week[edit]

Week Player Save Report
2  USA Joe Cannon 32' SOTW
3  USA Joe Cannon 67' SOTW

MLS Team of the Week[edit]

Week Player/Manager Position Report
7 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF MLS Team of the Week: 7
8 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF MLS Team of the Week: 8
11 Switzerland Alain Rochat DF MLS Team of the Week: 11
12 United States John Thorrington MF MLS Team of the Week: 12
13–15 Jamaica Darren Mattocks FW MLS Team of the Week: 13–15
France Sébastien Le Toux
Scotland Martin Rennie Coach
18 United States Joe Cannon GK MLS Team of the Week: 18
23 Brazil Camilo MF MLS Team of the Week: 23

MLS All-Stars[edit]

Player Position Note
United States Jay DeMerit DF First XI

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Vancouver is in the No. 11 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club’s ranking.[51]

Vancouver moved to the top position in the allocation ranking after the Montreal Impact exercised their allocation rights to acquire Eddie Johnson. On June 26 the Whitecaps swapped their allocation ranking with the Philadelphia Union, who were in the 12 position, in a trade. Philadelphia then used their allocation ranking to sign Bakary Soumaré.

International roster slots[edit]

Vancouver have 11 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots. Vancouver acquired one additional slot from Colorado Rapids in November 2010 and a second slot from Colorado in January 2012. They acquired a third additional slot from Toronto FC in July 2012.

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired:

Future picks traded:

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