2008 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps
2008 season
ManagerTeitur Thordarson
USL-12nd
USL-1 PlayoffsRunners-Up
Voyageurs Cup3rd
Highest home attendance5,822
Oct 12 vs Puerto Rico Islanders
Lowest home attendance4,412
June 25 vs Montreal Impact
Average home league attendance4,999
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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

April 2, 2008 Trinity Western University 0 – 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Langley, BC
19:00 PST Report Alfredo Valente Goal 38' (69)
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 50'
Stadium: Spartans Sports Complex
Attendance: 2,276
Referee: Phil Barrington

USL-1[edit]

Results by round[edit]

Round123456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
GroundHHHAAHAAAHAHAHHAAAAAHHAHHAAHHA
ResultWLWWDLWWWWLDLDDWWWLLWDDWWDLDWW
Source: uslsoccer.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss
April 26, 2008 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 1 Minnesota Thunder Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET report Ricardo Sánchez Goal 68' ((Pen.)) Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,989
Referee: Fabrizio Romano
May 16, 2008 4 Miami FC Blues 0 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Miami
17:30 ET report Eduardo Sebrango Goal 18' Stadium: Tropical Park Stadium
Attendance: 3,125
Referee: Shane Moody
May 19, 2008 5 Montreal Impact 0 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Montreal
15:00 ET report Stadium: Stade Saputo
Attendance: 13,034
Referee: Dave Gantar
May 23, 2008 6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 2 Seattle Sounders Burnaby, BC
23:00 ET report Josh GardnerGoal 3'
Sebastien Le TouxGoal 7'
Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,146
Referee: Justin Tasev
May 24, 2008 7 Portland Timbers 0 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Portland, Oregon
22:00 ET report Chris Nurse Goal 17'
Johnny Menyongar Goal 37'
Stadium: PGE Park
Attendance: 8,688
Referee: Yader Reyes
May 31, 2008 9 Minnesota Thunder 0 – 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Minneapolis
20:05 ET report Jason Jordan Goal 41' Stadium: National Sports Center
Attendance: 2,369
Referee: Edwom Jureievic
June 7, 2008 10 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 3 Portland Timbers Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Scot Thompson Goal 9' report Eduardo Sebrango Goal 54'
Martin Nash Goal 66'
Alfredo Valente Goal 90'
Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,288
Referee: Jonathan Lavergne
June 13, 2008 11 Rochester Rhinos 3 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Rochester, New York
20:00 ET Mauricio Salles Goal 32' (62)
Johnny Menyongar Goal 46'
report Stadium: Marina Auto Stadium
Attendance: 7,471
Referee: Joe Caroccio
June 22, 2008 12 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 1 Miami FC Blues Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Juan Pablo Galavis Goal 20' report Chris Pozniak Goal 51' Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,288
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau
July 5, 2008 13 Rochester Rhinos 1 – 3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Rochester, New York
19:35 ET Lyle Martin Goal 7'
Martin Nash Goal 71'
Charles Gbeke Goal 79'
Marcus Haber Goal 81'
report Stadium: Marina Auto Stadium
Attendance: 7,356
Referee: Fernando Iturriaga
July 13, 2008 14 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – 1 Carolina RailHawks FC Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Eduardo Sebrango Goal 75' report Dan Antoniuk Goal 74' Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,989
Referee: Mathieu Bourdea
July 23, 2008 15 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 1 Charleston Battery Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Charles Gbeke Goal 81' report Randi Patterson Goal Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,038
Referee: Jonathan Lavergne
July 26, 2008 16 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 0 Carolina RailHawks FC Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Eduardo Sebrango Goal 12' report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,991
Referee: Geoff Gamble
July 29, 2008 17 Miami FC Blues 1 – 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Miami
19:30 ET Alex Afonso Goal 61' report Eduardo Sebrango Goal 57'
Alfredo Valente Goal 81'
Stadium: Tropical Park Stadium
Attendance: 958
Referee: Ben Chouaf
August 10, 2008 21 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 – 2 Atlanta Silverbacks Burnaby, BC
19:00 ET Jeff Clarke Goal 25'
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 72' (88)
report Ansu Toure Goal 20' (39) Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,689
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
August 17, 2008 22 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 0 Carolina RailHawks FC Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,563
Referee: Geoff Gamble
August 20, 2008 23 Seattle Sounders 0 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Tukwila, Washington
19:30 ET report Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
Attendance: 3,203
Referee: Ben Chouaf
August 22, 2008 24 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – 1 Portland Timbers Burnaby, BC
23:00 ET Nick Addlery Goal 3' (43) report Lawrence Olum Goal 12' Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,761
Referee: Mathieu Bourdeau
August 27, 2008 25 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – 0 Atlanta Silverbacks Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Lyle Martin Goal 35'
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 69'
report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,621
Referee: Dave Gantar
September 7, 2008 28 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0 – 0 Minnesota Thunder Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,288
Referee: Fabrizio Romano
September 13, 2008 29 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 – 0 Montreal Impact Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Charles Gbeke Goal 45' report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,288
Referee: Dave Gantar

Post-season[edit]

September 26, 2008 Play-In Round Leg 1 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 – 0 Minnesota Thunder Burnaby, BC
22:00 ET Own goal Goal 27'
Justin Moose Goal 89'
report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,943
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
October 3, 2008 Semi-Final Leg 1 Montreal Impact 1 – 0 Vancouver Whitecaps FC Montreal
20:00 ET Antonio Ribeiro Goal 61' report Stadium: Stade Saputo
Attendance: 12,002
Referee: Steve DePiero
October 5, 2008 Semi-Final Leg 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2- 0 Montreal Impact Burnaby, BC
18:30 ET Jeff Clarke Goal 37'
Eduardo Sebrango Goal 41'
report Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 4,992
Referee: Dave Gantar
October 12, 2008 Final Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2–1 Puerto Rico Islanders Burnaby, BC
19:00 ET Charles Gbeke Goal 55' (74) report Sandy Gbandi Goal 68' Stadium: Swangard Stadium
Attendance: 5,822
Referee: Mark Kadlecik

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]

June 17, 2008 1 Montreal Impact 2–0 Vancouver Whitecaps Saputo Stadium, Montreal
19:30 EDT Severino Jefferson Goal 25'
Joey Gjertsen Goal 35'
Report Attendance: 10,054
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
July 1, 2008 3 Toronto FC 0–1 Vancouver Whitecaps BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
16:00 EDT Report Martin Nash Goal 36' (pen.) Attendance: 18,938
Referee: Steve Depiero
July 9, 2008 4 Vancouver Whitecaps 2–2 Toronto FC Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, British Columbia
19:30 PDT Eduardo SebrangoGoal 43' Goal 87' Report Maurice Edu Goal 61'
Rohan RickettsGoal 76'
Attendance: 5,228
Referee: Carol-Ann Chénard

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

|} Updated to match played 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 GK 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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Demosphere International. "Whitecaps unveil stadium plans". uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Spencer, Kent (October 13, 2008). "Waterfront Stadium could be dramatic, beautiful, spectacular". The Province Newspaper. Retrieved March 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Demosphere International. "Schedule". uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on December 15, 2013. Retrieved March 4, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Rhinos penalized for infraction". United Soccer Leagues. August 15, 2008. Archived from the original on March 26, 2012. Retrieved June 28, 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Nukester (April 10, 2008). "2008 Season Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps". Retrieved March 3, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Demosphere International. "2008 Statistics". uslsoccer.com. Archived from the original on March 7, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "2008 Statistics". Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Full Schedule". Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)