2006 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2006 season
Chairman Greg Kerfoot
Manager Bob Lilley
2006 USL-1 4th
Playoff Champion
Highest home attendance 5,722 (SO)
(3 times)
Lowest home attendance 4, 540
June 30 vs PT
Average home league attendance 5,085
Home colours
Away colours

The 2006 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season was the club's 21st year of existence (or 31st if counting the NASL Whitecaps), as well as their 14th as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. 2006 was Bob Lilley's second season as head coach, and they started the season with many draws while the team sorted itself out. In the last ten games after some player additions, the Whitecaps lost only two of their last ten games. In the playoffs Vancouver went on a run as the fourth seed. They first had a play-in round series against Miami FC Blues and Romário before upsetting regular season champion or Commissioner's Cup winner and Canadian rival Montreal Impact with two second half of overtime goals in the second leg away in La belle province. The first goal scorer was Eduardo Sebrango, a striker out of favour in Montreal in 2005 (he was the 2004 leading goal scorer on the Impact) that Vancouver signed in the off season.[1][2] In the single championship game at the regular season runner-up Rochester Rhinos’ new home, PAETEC Park, the Whitecaps scored via an own goal just before half time and then put the game out of reach with two more goals to win 0 – 3.[3]

The Whitecaps FC Women ruthlessly won the 2006 W-League Championship, the club's second, finishing with almost twice as many regular season points as the runner up in the Western Conference before 5 – 0 and 3 – 0 wins achieved the title.[4] The club also had four USL Super Y League teams play in the finals held in Florida. This was the first time a club has won both the men's and women's United States D2 championships in the same year.

The league was a single table competition although the schedule was not balanced; it was home and away with additional matches against Seattle, Portland, and Minnesota. Head to head results were the first tie-breaker. Average attendance increased for the fifth year in a row and was above 5,000 for the second time since 2001.[5] Two double-headers were played with the Whitecaps Women, the USL W-League.

The club also spent the year raising its local profile. The team moved its live radio broadcasts to a new start up sports radio channel in 2006 for one year. The Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium was in the local media before the season started although attempts to have the stadium ready for the 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup were annulled with an unusually long six month review process.[6] The stadium was news-worthy again in June 2006 as it was recommended for inclusion in municipal development planning; note not approved for the planning process. Once approved for the planning process, the process including rezoning would have taken an additional two years. The stadium process started in 2003 and as of 2014 has not been built regardless of completely private financing.[7] The Whitecaps also partnered with a player marketing service for the player development program.[8] The club had sixteen different teams in their club structure during 2006.[9]

Schedule and results[edit]

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 51 28 14 5 9 31 15 +16
2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 50 28 13 4 11 34 21 +13
3 Charleston Battery 46 28 13 8 7 33 25 +8 CHA: 4 pts
VAN: 1 pt
4 Vancouver Whitecaps 46 28 12 6 10 40 28 +12
5 Miami FC 39 28 11 11 6 47 44 +3
6 Puerto Rico Islanders 38 28 10 10 8 38 36 +2
7 Seattle Sounders 37 28 11 13 4 42 48 −6
8 Atlanta Silverbacks 35 28 10 13 5 36 42 −6
9 Virginia Beach Mariners 32 28 8 12 8 26 37 −11 VAB: 7 pts
TOR: 4 pts
10 Toronto Lynx 32 28 8 12 8 30 36 −6
11 Portland Timbers 27 28 7 15 6 25 39 −14 POR: 9 pts
MIN: 3 pts
12 Minnesota Thunder 27 28 7 15 6 34 45 −11

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 46 12 6 10 40 28  +12 8 1 5 24 10  +14 4 5 5 16 18  −2

Last updated: April 26, 2010
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 27, 2006 at Simon Fraser University.[10] The preseason schedule was announced March 14, 2006 including a double header of the men's and women's teams versus the UVic Vikes.[11][12]

USL-1[edit]

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
Ground H H A H H H A A H A A A A H H A A A A H A A H A H H H H
Result W W D W D D L D D D W D L W W L L D W L W W W L D D W W
Last updated: February 28, 2014.
Source: [2]

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: T = Tie; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Results by Round Source[13]

Post-season[edit]

Bracket[edit]

Quarterfinals and Semifinals 2-game aggregate
Higher seeded team hosted first game

  • Exception: Montreal hosted second game vs Vancouver
  First Round     Semifinals     Final
                                   
      1 Montreal Impact 0 0 0  
  4 Vancouver Whitecaps 4 2 6     4 Vancouver Whitecaps (aet) 0 2 2    
  5 Miami FC 1 0 1         2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 0
      4 Vancouver Whitecaps 3
      2 Rochester Raging Rhinos 1 0 1    
  3 Charleston Battery 2 1 3     3 Charleston Battery 0 0 0  
  6 Puerto Rico Islanders 2 0 2  

Result[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
2006 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]

2006
Team Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
Seattle Sounders 14 8 4 2 2 13 10 +3
Vancouver Whitecaps 12 8 3 2 3 10 8 +2
Portland Timbers 6 8 1 4 3 6 11 -5

Whitecaps Nations Cup[edit]

Due to the business success of neighbouring rivals' (Portland and Seattle) friendlies and the friendly with Sunderland A.F.C. in 2005 watched by 6,857, the Whitecaps marketed a four team tournament held from July 19–23, 2006. The tournament was organized with the Vancouver Multicultural Society's CultureFest and the local 27th Annual Nations Cup soccer tournament for local amateur soccer enthusiasts.[14] Welsh club Cardiff City FC also played matches in Victoria, Langley, and Seattle.[15][16][17] Due to the business success of neighbouring rivals’ (Portland and Seattle) friendlies and the friendly with Sunderland A.F.C. in 2005 watched by 6,857, the Whitecaps marketed a four team tournament held from July 19–23, 2006. The tournament was organized with the Vancouver Multicultural Society’s CultureFest and the local 27th Annual Nations Cup soccer tournament for local amateur soccer enthusiasts.[18] Welsh club Cardiff City FC also played matches in Victoria, Langley, and Seattle.[19][20][21]

Staff[edit]

John Rocha stepped down in August 2006 to focus on the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup as Vancouver site chairman while continuing to support the Whitecaps in a consulting role.[22]

Soccer Operations[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 – Nick Dasovic
  • Women's Head Coach – Bob Birarda
  • Reserve Team Women's Head Coach –
  • Director Youth Operations – Dan Lenarduzzi

Current roster[edit]

2006 marked the most significant changes to the Whitecaps roster in the 20 years of club history with twelve new players signed at the start of the season. The American coach Bob Lilley expanded the Whitecaps’ recruiting more to the US college ranks, MLS, other USL-1 teams, and overseas. He opined that the rate of the improvement in the league meant that the Whitecaps did not have time if they wanted to be competitive this year to develop local players, so the Whitecaps changed to a buyer in the player marketplace.[23] Local signings such as 2006's cohort of Andrew Corrazza, Diaz Kambere, and others stopped sticking with the team going forward. As the profile of the club increased and ambitions for Division 1 grew, coaches had more pressure for immediate results and fewer local connections. This was the beginning of a trend that gradually removed locally developed long-time career players from the Whitecaps first team through release or retirement that probably culminated with the retirement of Martin Nash after the 2010 season.[24][25][26][27]

Twelve year Whitecap veteran defender and local Chris Franks retired after a spell with Doncaster Rovers F.C. Carlo Corazzin was also released.[28] Previous starting goalkeeper Five year Whitecap Mike Franks who didn’t get any further minutes after recovering from injury in 2005 was also released. Defender Mark Watson was released prior to the 2006 season and midfielder Nick Dasovic retired before the 2005 season to coach.[29]

On March 28, the Whitecaps announced the trade of Daniel Antoniuk who was with Portland Timbers in 2005 to Montreal Impact for Eduardo Sebrango. Bob Lilley was familiar with Eduardo Sebrango from his time coaching the Impact and Sebrango was recovering from injuries and saw little playing time in 2005. As advertised in the signing announcement, he would score important, timely goals in big games both for and against the Whitecaps in the years to come.[30] They also announced the signing of 2005 MLS Columbus Crew midfielder/forward David Testo.[31]

On April 7, 2006 the Whitecaps signed fullback John Jones and defender Anthony Noreiga.[32] The whitecaps signed locals Diaz Kambere and Stefan Leslie to amateur contracts as well as American midfielder Tony Donatelli, and forward Canadian Sita-Taty Matondo,[33] Another key signing was the English Premier League Newcastle United goalkeeper Tony Caig on April 13, 2006.[34] Due to injuries in midfield and forward requiring one of the regular defenders to move to midfield, in June the Whitecaps also signed defender Ryan Saurez.[35]

The 2006 team was billed as much more offensive minded with greater depth at the forward and midfield positions. The line up was relatively settled with 25 players getting playing minutes and seven getting about 2000 minutes or more.[36] James Alberts, Jeff Clarke, Joey Gjertsen, and David Morris appeared in all 28 games for the Whitecaps. Despite preseason speculation the goal scoring was again singular, this year Joey Gjertsen was fourth in the league with 12 goals. Martin Nash and Joey Gjertsen led the team in assists with both in the top ten league-wide.[37] Gjertsen's year for the champion Whitecaps, fourth in goals (12) and second in assists (7), earned him a league most valuable player award.[38]


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 England Tony Caig 2550 75 26 0.918 11 2070 63 25 1.086 7 480 12 1 0.1875 4
1 United States Josh Wicks 450 20 3 0.60 2 450 20 3 0.60 2

|} Last updated: October 20, 2013
Source:[3]
As of the end of the season.[39]

Player statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name Apps Minutes Goals Assists Shots Fouls Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
0 GK United States Josh Wicks 5 450 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 GK England Tony Caig 28 2550 0 0 0 2 0 0
2 DF Canada Jeff Clarke 33 2743 1 2 17 36 4 0
3 MF United States Steve Klein 31 2725 0 2 4 13 1 0
4 DF Canada Adrian Cann 22(5) 1963 0 2 9 28 0 0
6 MF United States James Alberts 23(7) 1698 3 4 28 17 1 0
7 MF Canada Martin Nash 33 2689 2 7 8 32 3 0
8 DF Canada Steve Kindel 29(1) 2525 4 2 21 37 3 1
9 MF Canada Alfredo Valente 10(7) 810 1 1 12 20 1 0
11 MF United States David Testo 19(7) 1698 7 3 41 42 2 0
12 MF Canada Geordie Lyall 24(1) 2108 2 1 12 27 6 1
13 MF Canada Tino Cucca 0(5) 47 0 0 1 0 0 0
14 MF United States Tony Donatelli 10(19) 1270 4 3 16 19 1 0
16 DF Canada Kevin Harmse 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 DF Jamaica Gary Brooks (4) 78 0 0 2 3 1 0
17 FW United States Joey Gjertsen 31(2) 2580 13 8 67 14 0 0
18 FW Cuba Eduardo Sebrango 10(3) 1043 3 1 30 16 2 1
19 DF Canada Sita-Taty Matondo 4(19) 554 3 0 23 23 2 0
20 DF Canada David Morris 13(19) 1498 1 2 16 21 0 0
22 DF United States John Jones 14(7) 1260 1 0 11 16 5 0
23 FW United States Corey Woolfolk (1) 6 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 DF Canada Diaz Kambere 2(1) 146 0 0 2 4 1 0
25 DF Trinidad and Tobago Anthony Noreiga 4(12) 518 1 0 2 8 1 0
26 FW Canada Jason Jordan 4(4) 396 0 2 6 5 0 0
27 MF Canada Stefan Leslie 2(3) 160 0 0 3 6 1 0
29 GK Canada Srdjan Djekanovic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 DF United States Ryan Suarez 13(5) 1312 0 0 2 11 4 0
Opponent Own goals 1

Updated February 28, 2014[40][41]

  • 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]

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