2005 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2005 season
Chairman Greg Kerfoot
Manager Bob Lilley
2005 USL-1 3rd
Playoffs
Play-In Round
Highest home attendance 6,192
Sept 11 vs MI
Lowest home attendance 2,440
July 9 (Apple Bowl) vs SS
Average home league attendance 5,102
Home colours
Away colours
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The 2005 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season was the club's 19th year of play (or 29th if counting the NASL Whitecaps), as well as their 13th as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. They played in the now defunct USL First Division which in 2005 was rebranded from A-League and was the highest level of Canadian club soccer. 2005 was Bob Lilley's first season as head coach after Tony Fonseca was released to take on the new District Development Centre Technical Director position with the BCSA.[1] Under Tony Fonseca the Whitecaps had playoffs qualifications three straight years and advanced to the semifinals once. Part of the re-organization of BC youth soccer involved the Whitecaps expanding their youth program to ten Super Y League teams. The Whitecaps were one of only a few US or Canadian clubs with a complete youth system. MLS teams in 2005 did not have as extensive a club structure.[2]

They started the season strongly going undefeated in their first six matches. The Whitecaps were hard to beat all year and finished third in the league table. This was the ninth consecutive playoff appearance for the Whitecaps. In the playoffs Vancouver had a play-in round series against Richmond Kickers and couldn't find a way to score with both legs of the series finishing 0-0, the Kickers advanced on penalty kicks. Jason Jordan was named league most value player with seventeen goals.[3]

The name of the league was not the only thing that changed in 2005, so did the league format, from two conferences to a single table. The schedule was not balanced; it was home and away against every team in the league with additional matches against Seattle, Portland, and Minnesota. Head to head results were the first tie-breaker. Average attendance increased for the fourth year in a row and was above 5,000 for the first time since 2001.[4] Three double-headers were played with the Whitecaps Women of the USL W-League.

Off the field, 2005 was the first year (counting NASL Whitecaps) since 1984 that all home and away games had live radio broadcasts. The games had a thirty-minute pre and post game show, and the AM sports radio station also carried a sixty-minute weekly soccer program early Saturday mornings.[5] The Whitecaps featured on a weekly local soccer show on Saturday at 2 p.m. as well as on Fox Soccer World twice via the United Soccer League agreement for sixteen weeks of coverage June 17 to October 1.[6] The partnership with the BCSA for the mid-season friendly with Sunderland A.F.C. was also a success with the largest crowd in five years – 6,857 watching the Whitecaps win 3 – 0.[7] The Whitecaps played one of their double headers (Women's and Men's teams) at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna, BC on July 9, 2005. The club also unveiled renderings and details of its Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium proposal publicly on October 13, 2005.[8] They also had plans announced in 2004, for a training centre for their men's, women's, and youth teams to be shared with the Canadian Women's National Team at Simon Fraser University that had been on hold other than artificial turf field upgrades.[9]

League Tables[edit]

  Commissioner's Cup, bye to semifinal round of playoffs
  Bye to semifinal round of playoffs
  First round of playoffs

Pos Club Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Montreal Impact 61 28 18 3 7 37 15 +22
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 51 28 15 7 6 45 27 +18
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 45 28 12 7 9 37 21 +16
4 Seattle Sounders 44 28 11 6 11 33 25 +8
5 Portland Timbers 39 28 10 9 9 40 42 −2 POR: 4 pts
RIC: 1 pt
6 Richmond Kickers 39 28 10 9 9 28 30 −2
7 Puerto Rico Islanders 38 28 10 10 8 46 43 +3
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 33 28 10 15 3 40 52 −12
9 Charleston Battery 32 28 9 14 5 27 36 −9
10 Minnesota Thunder 31 28 7 11 10 37 42 −5
11 Virginia Beach Mariners 28 28 7 14 7 26 39 −13
12 Toronto Lynx 17 28 3 17 8 26 50 −24

Expanded Table

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
28 45 12 7 9 36 21  +15 9 1 4 26 7  +19 3 6 5 10 14  −4

Last updated: April 26, 2006
Source: uslsoccer.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; T = Matches tied; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Pre-season[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss

The Whitecaps opened their four-week training camp on March 25, 2005 at Surrey's Newton Athletic Park although most sessions were at Simon Fraser University's Terry Fox Field.[10][11] The preseason schedule was announced March 1, 2005.[12] Note no record can be found of the first match listed and archived whitecapsfc.com headlines imply the match was cancelled.

USL-1[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728
GroundHHAHHHAHAAAAHAHAHHAAAHHHAAAH
ResultDWDWWWLWLLWDDDWDWDLWDDWWLWLL
Source: uslsoccer.com[13]
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
April
May
June
July
August
September

Post-season[edit]

Voyaguers Cup[edit]

Prior to 2008, from when it has been awarded to the Canadian Championship winners, the men's title was decided on regular-season matches between Canada's USL First Division sides.

Year Rank Teams Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
2005 1 Montreal Impact 6 4 1 0 3 3 2 +1
2 Toronto Lynx 5 4 1 1 2 3 4 -1
3 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 1 2 1 4 4 0

Cascadia Cup[edit]

2005
Team Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps 12 8 2 0 6 10 5 +5
Portland Timbers 9 8 2 3 3 10 15 -5
Seattle Sounders 8 8 1 2 5 7 7 0

Mid-Season Friendly[edit]

Sunderland A.F.C. did a preseason tour with matches against the Vancouver Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders, and Portland Timbers from July 16 – 23, 2005.[14]

Staff[edit]

  • President – John Rocha
  • General Manager – Bob Lenarduzzi
  • Office Manager – Lindsay Puchlik
  • Communication Manager – Nathan Vanstone
  • Director Sales and Marketing – Rick Ramsbottom
  • Men's Head Coach – Bob Lilley
  • Men's Assistant Coach – Michael Toshack
  • Reserve Team Men's Head Coach –
  • Women's Head Coach – Patrick Rohla
  • Reserve Team Women's Head Coach –
  • Director Youth Operations – Dan Lenarduzzi

Current roster[edit]

The Whitecaps released 2004 rookie defender Justin Thompson, eight year Whitecap veteran forward Oliver Heald, and defender Nico Craveiro. Justin Thompson played in Europe before playing two seasons for rival Portland Timbers.

The Whitecaps signed Canadian international defender Mark Watson in December 2004. Midfielder Steve Klein was also signed in the offseason. At the end of the season, Nick Dasovic, Chris and Mike Franks, and Kevin Harmse all moved on from the Whitecaps.

Jason Jordan scored seventeen goals to win the USL-1 golden boot while Martin Nash was ninth in assists with five and played in every game of the year.[15]

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

No. Nat. Player Total USL-1 Playoffs
MIN SV GA GAA SO MIN SV GA GAA SO MIN SV GA GAA SO
1 Canada Mike Franks 1530 65 15 0.882 7 1530 65 15 0.882 7
0 United States Josh Wicks 1200 41 6 0.545 7 990 39 6 0.450 7 210 5 0 0.00 2

|} Last updated: October 20, 2013
Source:[2]
As of the end of the season.[16]

Player statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name Apps Minutes Goals Assists Shots Fouls Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
0 GK United States Josh Wicks 12 1200 0 0 0 1 0 0
1 GK Canada Mike Franks 17 1530 0 0 0 1 0 0
2 DF Canada Jeff Clarke 24(1) 2011 1 1 13 34 6 0
3 MF United States Steve Klein 26(1) 2277 7 4 23 16 1 0
4 DF Canada Nick Dasovic 13(7) 1209 0 0 3 20 2 0
6 DF Canada Mark Watson 17(2) 1415 0 0 5 21 2 0
7 MF Canada Martin Nash 28(2) 2399 2 5 33 19 2 0
8 DF Canada Steve Kindel 26(3) 2380 1 2 17 34 3 0
9 MF Canada Alfredo Valente 18(4) 1205 1 2 38 28 2 0
11 MF Canada Davide Xausa 1(2) 114 0 1 0 2 0 0
12 MF Canada Geordie Lyall 28(1) 2358 0 0 7 37 2 0
13 MF Canada Tino Cucca 2(4) 218 1 0 3 5 0 0
14 DF Canada Liam De'Silva 13(5) 1318 0 0 7 23 0 0
15 FW United States Ian Fuller 13(7) 1147 2 2 16 22 3 1
17 FW United States Joey Gjertsen 17(12) 1647 3 3 34 14 0 0
18 FW Canada Said Ali 0(4) 63 0 1 1 1 0 0
19 FW Canada Carlo Corazzin 8(14) 672 1 1 11 20 1 0
20 DF Canada David Morris 11(16) 1074 1 2 14 22 1 0
22 DF Canada Chris Franks 6(17) 920 0 0 6 17 3 0
23 MF United States Jake Sagare 0(2) 25 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF United States Ryan Trout 1(13) 308 0 1 1 7 0 0
26 FW Canada Jason Jordan 23(6) 2118 17 3 67 35 1 0
27 MF Canada Steven Frazao 0(1) 9 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Canada Kevin Harmse 25(4) 2328 0 1 11 31 3 0
28 DF Haiti Josué Mayard 1(1) 101 0 0 0 3 1 0
29 GK Canada Srdjan Djekanovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Opponent Own goals 0

Updated March 28, 2014[17][18]

  • Note this list includes only players that have dressed in the eighteen.
  • Note brackets indicate substitute appearances.
  • Note statistics are for league and playoffs (not preseason or friendlies).

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BC Soccer and Whitecaps FC Form Partnership". canadasoccer.com – Around the Soccer World. October 26, 2004. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  2. ^ Demosphere International (May 6, 2005). "Whitecaps Announce Super Y-League Rosters". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  3. ^ Demosphere International Inc. (September 30, 2005). "Final 2005 USL First Division Awards announced". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  4. ^ Soccer United Marketing – Major League Soccer pg 16. "2011 Whitecaps Media Guide" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 3, 2016. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  5. ^ Whitecaps Communications (January 2005). "Whitecaps Announce Radio partnership With The Team 1040 AM". whitecapsfc.com. Archived from the original on February 28, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  6. ^ Demosphere International (January 4, 2005). "USL's Fox Sports World Schedule announced". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Nations Cup Schedule". whitecapsfc.com. Archived from the original on July 12, 2006. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "WHITECAPS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR WATERFRONT STADIUM". whitecapsfc.com. October 13, 2005. Archived from the original on January 7, 2006. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ Meadahl, Marianne (April 29, 2004). "Whitecaps to train at SFU". SFU News Online. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  10. ^ Whitecaps FC Media Release (March 2005). "Whitecaps Men's First Day of Training Camp". Archived from the original on March 27, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Whitecaps FC Training Camp Schedule". whitecapsfc.com. Archived from the original on April 10, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Whitecaps Men Release 2005 Pre-Season Schedule". whitecapsfc.com. March 1, 2005. Archived from the original on March 7, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ "USL First Division 2005 Full Schedule". Demosphere International. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  14. ^ "Whitecaps Announce Exhibition Friendly Versus Sunderland AFC". February 2005. Archived from the original on March 7, 2005. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  15. ^ Demosphere International. "USL First Division – Top 10 Stats Leaders". Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ "2005 Player Roster and Statistics". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  18. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps Official Schedule". Retrieved March 15, 2014.