2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps
2008 season
Manager Teitur Thordarson
USL-1 2nd
USL-1 Playoffs Runners-Up
Voyageurs Cup 3rd
Highest home attendance 5,822
Oct 12 vs Puerto Rico Islanders
Lowest home attendance 4,412
June 25 vs Montreal Impact
Average home league attendance 4,999
Home colours
Away colours
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The 2008 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the club's 23rd year of existence (or 33rd if counting the NASL Whitecaps), as well as their 16th as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. With games against well supported MLS side Toronto FC in the Voyageurs Cup and local rival Seattle Sounders selling 22,000 season tickets for MLS in 2009, the Vancouver Whitecaps were marketed as one of the leading markets for a 2011 MLS expansion side. This included expanding the ownership to include Victoria, BC raised NBA star Steve Nash in July.[1] The Division 1 MLS speculation along with the higher profile that came with public negotiations with Vancouver City Council and the Port of Metro Vancouver to develop the Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium gave a boost to media coverage and game attendances. The privately financed stadium, first proposed in 2006, appeared to be reaching its final government land use approvals in 2008.[2][3]

The 2008 season started in a strong fashion with two losses in their first ten games as new coach Teitur Thordarson maintained the defensive style of previous coach Bob Lilley to grind out results. The USL-1 league was a closely contested affair with eleven points separating 11th and third in the standings. However, the top two teams, the Whitecaps and Puerto Rico were a further ten points clear of third place. The Commissioner's Cup was a contest between the Whitecaps, who finished runner-up by one point, and the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Whitecaps almost squandered a 5-1 aggregate league by letting the Minnesota Thunder back into the second leg of the USL-1 play in round, but held on for a 5-4 aggregate win. In the semi-final series against Montreal Impact they ground out a first leg 1-0 loss after their goal keeper was ejected. The Whitecaps deservedly won the second leg 2-0 at home to go through 2-1 on aggregate to the final against Puerto Rico Islanders. The playoff final was a back and forth game in which the Whitecaps prevailed 2-1 in front of 5,822 at their long time home of Swangard Stadium.[4]

This was the first year of the official tournament for the Voyageurs Cup also known as the Canadian Championship as CONCACAF designated a Canadian spot in the new champions league structure of the CONCACAF Champions Cup. The Whitecaps finished third in the 2008 Voyaguers Cup with two losses to Montreal and a draw and a win over Division 1 MLS side Toronto FC.

Schedule and results[edit]

Tables[edit]

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

Pos Club Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Puerto Rico Islanders 54 30 15 9 6 43 23 +20
2 Vancouver Whitecaps 53 30 15 8 7 34 28 +6
3 Montreal Impact 42 30 12 6 12 33 28 +5
4 Rochester Rhinos 41 30 11 9 10 35 32 +3
5 Charleston Battery 40 30 11 7 12 34 36 −2 CHA: 4 pts
SEA: 4 pts
6 Seattle Sounders 40 30 10 10 10 37 36 +1
7 Minnesota Thunder 39 30 10 9 11 40 38 +2
8 Carolina RailHawks 37 30 9 10 11 34 43 −9
9 Miami FC 34 30 8 10 12 28 34 −6 MIA: 7 pts
ATL: 1 pt
10 Atlanta Silverbacks 34 30 8 10 12 37 50 −13
11 Portland Timbers 31 30 7 10 13 26 33 −7

Tie-breaker order: 1. Head-to-head points; 2. Total wins; 3. Goal difference; 4. Goals for; 5. Lottery
Rochester deducted 1 point for use of an ineligible player on August 10, 2008[5]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 53 15 7 8 34 28  +6 8 2 5 17 10  +7 7 5 3 17 18  −1

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

USL-1[edit]

Results by round[edit]

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ResultWLWWDLWWWWLDLDDWWWLLWDDWWDLDWW
Source: uslsoccer.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Post-season[edit]

Canadian Championship[edit]

Canadian Championship standings[edit]

Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
Montreal Impact 7 4 2 1 1 5 2 +3
Toronto FC 5 4 1 2 1 4 4 0
Vancouver Whitecaps 4 4 1 1 2 3 6 -3
Team qualified for Champions League qualifying round.

Canadian Championship results[edit]

Cascadia Cup[edit]

2008
Team Pts Pld W L D GF GA GD
Vancouver Whitecaps 13 6 4 1 1 9 6 +3
Seattle Sounders 8 6 2 2 2 5 5 0
Portland Timbers 4 6 1 4 1 4 7 -3

Friendlies[edit]

Current roster[edit]

After the 2007 season, the Whitecaps and coach Bob Lilley parted ways with the Whitecaps hiring Teitur Thordarson. Many local long time stalwart veteran players such as Jeff Clarke, Jason Jordan, Steve Kindel, Geordie Lyall, Martin Nash, and Alfredo Valente remained on the roster. Leading striker Eduardo Sebrango also was back for another year with the new coach.

The Whitecaps signed Jamaican striker Nicholas Addlery, US keeper Jay Nolly, Omar Jarun, Japanese international Takashi Hirano, and Bolivian youth international Vicente Arze.[6]

Staff[edit]

  • Head Coach – Teitur Thordarson
  • Assistant Coach – Todd Wawrousek
  • Manager Communications – Nathan Vanstone
  • Director of Professional Teams – Greg Anderson
  • Office Manager – Lindsay Pucklik
  • President – Bob Lenarduzzi

All stats as of the end of the season.[7]

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 United States Jay Nolly 2070 81 24 1.043 9 2070 81 24 1.043 9 325 19 5 1.38 1
29 Canada Srdjan Djekanovic 630 23 4' 0.57 4 630 23 4 0.57 4 0 0 0 0 0
0 Canada Tyler Baldock 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0 0.00 0 125 6 1 0.72 1

|} Last updated: February 20, 2014
Source:[1]

Player statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name Apps Minutes Goals Assists Shots Fouls Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
0 GK Canada Tyler Baldock 1(1) 125 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 GK United States Jay Nolly 27 2395 0 0 0 0 3 1
2 DF Canada Jeff Clarke 20(1) 1743 3 2 9 16 4 0
3 MF United States Nick Webb 0(4) 40 0 0 0 1 0 0
4 DF Canada Adrian Cann 8 720 0 0 1 14 1 0
4 DF Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Wesley Charles 15(1) 1321 0 1 1 14 3 0
6 DF Canada Luca Bellisomo 9(2) 807 1 1 3 11 2 0
7 MF Canada Martin Nash 33 2896 1 3 25 28 4 0
8 DF Canada Steve Kindel 27(3) 2445 0 2 17 37 6 0
9 MF Canada Alfredo Valente 25(6) 2046 2 2 33 26 5 1
11 FW Jamaica Nicholas Addlery 16(12) 1440 4 1 44 32 8 1
12 FW Cuba Eduardo Sebrango 31 2548 13 3 76 33 4 1
13 DF Canada Geordie Lyall 5(1) 312 0 0 1 6 0 0
13 MF United States Mason Webb 0(2) 23 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 MF United States Tony Donatelli 6(4) 480 0 1 10 8 1 0
15 DF State of Palestine Omar Jarun 21(4) 1945 1 1 13 43 8 1
17 FW Canada Randy Edwini-Bonsu 0(4) 36 0 0 2 1 0 0
18 DF Canada Mason Trafford 5(10) 570 0 0 3 8 0 0
19 MF Canada Chris Pozniak 6(1) 570 1 1 4 11 1 0
20 MF Canada Ethan Gage 2(6) 445 0 0 5 12 0 0
20 FW Canada Charles Gbeke 10(7) 783 5 3 26 28 2 0
20 FW Jamaica Dever Orgill (1) 38 0 0 1 1 0 0
20 MF Iran Navid Mashinchi (1) 6 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Japan Takashi Hirano 16(7) 1762 1 0 6 24 4 0
23 MF Bolivia Vicente Arze 8(18) 1097 1 2 25 24 3 0
24 DF United States Lyle Martin 25(2) 2283 1 5 8 27 1 0
25 MF Bermuda Tyrell Burgess 11(14) 1047 1 2 28 15 2 0
25 MF United States Justin Moose 16(8) 1564 2 4 15 26 7 0
26 FW Canada Jason Jordan 5(20) 897 2 3 18 9 1 0
27 MF Canada Stefan Leslie 0(6) 70 0 0 0 0 0 0
28 DF Canada Diaz Kambere 8(2) 684 0 0 4 6 0 0
29 GK Canada Srdjan Djekanovic 7 630 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 GK Trinidad and Tobago Richard Goddard 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 MF Bosnia and Herzegovina Admir Salihovic 1(3) 88 1 0 2 2 0 0
31 MF Canada Simon Thomas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Opponent Own goals 1

Updated February 28, 2014[8][9]

  • 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). Voyageurs Cup statistics appear to no longer be available.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chapman, Paul (July 25, 2008). "Nash Cache". The Province Newspaper – Back of the Net. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  2. ^ Demosphere International. "Whitecaps unveil stadium plans". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ Spencer, Kent (October 13, 2008). "Waterfront Stadium could be dramatic, beautiful, spectacular". The Province Newspaper. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  4. ^ Demosphere International. "Schedule". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rhinos penalized for infraction". United Soccer Leagues. August 15, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nukester (April 10, 2008). "2008 Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ Demosphere International. "2008 Statistics". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved March 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2008 Statistics". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Full Schedule". Retrieved 28 February 2014.