2009 Vancouver Whitecaps season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2009 season
Manager Teitur Thordarson
USL-1 7th
USL-1 Playoffs Runners-Up
Voyageurs Cup Runners-Up
Highest home attendance 5,886
Oct 10 vs MI
Lowest home attendance 4,516
Oct. 1 vs PT
Average home league attendance 5,312
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009 Vancouver Whitecaps season was the club's 24th year of existence (or 34th if counting the NASL Whitecaps), as well as their 17th and 2nd last year as a Division 2 club in the franchise model of US-based soccer leagues. Vancouver was officially named an MLS expansion city on March 18, 2009.[1] Following the end of the 2010 season, the Whitecaps FC joined MLS, becoming the second Canadian club and 19th overall (counting contracted franchises) to enter the league.[2][3]

The 2009 season started in an up and down fashion including three game winning and losing streaks before ending the season with only one loss in their last ten games. The USL-1 league was a closely contested affair with the Whitecaps a member of an intermediate trifecta in the standings separated by less than three points.[4] The Whitecaps overcame the Railhawks and Timbers in tight, hard won playoff series before finishing as runners-up to the Montreal Impact in a dramatic playoff final series.[5][6]

The Whitecaps also finished second in the 2009 Voyaguers Cup in a controversial fashion after Montreal rested important players for their following USL-1 league match against the Whitecaps.

2009 Montreal Controversy[edit]

  • 18–06–2009 : After losing any chance to win the round robin, the Impact lose 1-6 to TFC giving the Voyageurs Cup to TFC over Vancouver on goal difference while coach Marc Dos Santos rests key players for the league match against Vancouver two days later. The Vancouver Whitecaps team attended the TFC-Impact game.[7]
  • 20–06–2009 : Two days later Montreal Impact win their USL-1 league game 2-1 against Vancouver. The Montreal Ultras protest against Impact management's unsportsmanlike behaviour two days earlier during the first half.[8]
  • 18–09–2009 : End of the season league standings...the extra 3 pts Montreal got against Vancouver is also the difference between 5th and 7th putting the Whitecaps at a lower seed in the USL season ending playoff tournament.
  • 17–10–2009 : Montreal Impact win the league playoff final's second leg 3-1 at home with the Whitecaps playing shorthanded due to a second sending off in a row, and Montreal wins the USL-1 Championship 6-3 on aggregate.[9]

Schedule and results[edit]

Tables[edit]

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

Pos Club Pts GP W D L GF GA GD H2H Pts
1 Portland Timbers 58 30 16 10 4 45 19 +26
2 Carolina RailHawks 55 30 16 7 7 43 19 +24
3 Puerto Rico Islanders 53 30 15 8 7 44 31 +13 PUE: 6 pts
CHA: 3 pts
4 Charleston Battery 53 30 14 11 5 33 21 +12
5 Montreal Impact 43 30 12 7 11 32 31 +1
6 Rochester Rhinos 43 30 11 10 9 34 32 +2
7 Vancouver Whitecaps 42 30 11 9 10 42 36 +6
8 Minnesota Thunder 31 30 7 10 13 39 44 −5
9 Miami FC 29 30 8 5 17 26 52 −26
10 Austin Aztex 21 30 5 8 17 28 51 −23
11 Cleveland City Stars 19 30 4 7 19 22 52 −30

Austin deducted two points for fielding an ineligible player on July 25, 2009[10]

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD W L T GF GA GD
30 42 11 10 9 42 36  +6 9 3 3 26 15  +11 2 7 6 16 21  −5

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

  Win   Draw   Loss

Pre-season[edit]

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 29 30
Ground H A A H A H H A H H A A H A A H A A A H H A A H H H A A H H
Result D L D W W W L L L W L D W L L W W D L L D D D W D W D L W W
Last updated: February 28, 2014.
Source: [9]

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

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Post-season[edit]

Voyaguers Cup[edit]

Standings[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Toronto FC 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 9
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4 3 0 1 5 1 +4 9
Montreal Impact 4 0 0 4 1 10 −9 0

Toronto FC qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League qualifying round.

Results[edit]

Cascadia Cup[edit]

2009
Team Pts Pld W L T GF GA GD
Portland Timbers 6 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2
Vancouver Whitecaps 3 3 1 2 0 1 3 -2

Staff[edit]

Professional teams[edit]

  • President – Bob Lenarduzzi
  • Director of professional teams – Greg Anderson
  • Manager professional teams – Lindsay Puchlik
  • Manager communications – Nathan Vanstone
  • Head coach men's – Teitur Thordarson
  • Assistant coach, men's – Todd Wawrousek
  • Head coach, women's – Alan Koch
  • Assistant coach, Women's -
  • Women's manager – Diane Voice
  • Club logistics manager – Matt Holbrook
  • Equipment manager – Darren Woloshen

Youth development[edit]

  • Youth development director – Dan Lenarduzzi
  • Youth development administrator – Marlise Buchi

Professional development program[edit]

  • Managing director, professional development – Chris Murphy
  • Managing director, residency – Thomas Niendorf
  • Administrator, residency – Allison Hogg
  • Manager, technical programs – Dave Irvine
  • Developer, whitecaps interactive – Byron Ribble
  • Head coach, prospects boys – Bart Choufour
  • Head coach, prospects girls – Jesse Symons

Community soccer system[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Both Jay Nolly and Marcus Haber played all thirty regular season games with Jay Nolly playing every minute of every game. Charles Gbeke was tied for second among the USL-1 point leaders including the league golden boot with 12 goals while Marcus Haber was 7th (with 8 goals) and Marlon James 8th. Wes Knight had eight assists in the league.[12]

After the 2008 season, the Whitecaps and coach Teitur Thordarson changed the roster much more than in the previous seven years. Some of this was due to a ten-month contract versus the previous norm of an eight-month contract. Look at the preaseason above starting in February with presumably a training camp before hand versus previous years of training camp starting in late March.[13] For some players with other part-time or off season employment and/or families the extra commitment was too much. Many long time stalwart veteran Whitecap players such as Jeff Clarke, Jason Jordan, Steve Kindel and Alfredo Valente were not on the 2009 roster. Additionally, several other players earning significant playing time over a number of years moved elsewhere. Eduardo Sebrango and back-up goalkeeper Serge Djekanovic started the 2009 season with Canadian rival Montreal while Nicholas Addlery went all the way to Puerto Rico.

Two players who remained to serve as the backbone of the side for 2009 were Martin Nash, the captain, and striker Charles Gbeke for offense. The club added Marco Reda from Charleston, Justin Thompson from Portland, and Ansu Toure from Miami. Foreign players signings included Caribbean internationals Kenold Versailles (Haiti) and Tyrell Burgess (Bermuda), who spent 2008 with the USL PDL's Reading Rage. Another signing for the portion of the season he was with the Whitecaps was former New York Red Bulls defender Jeff Parke.[14]

All stats as of the end of the season.[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 United States Jay Nolly 3240 145 46 1.28 9 2700 118 36 1.20 7 540 27 10 1.67 2

|} Last updated: October 20, 2013
Source: [11]

Player statistics[edit]

No. Pos. Name Apps Minutes Goals Assists Shots Fouls Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK United States Jay Nolly 36 3540 0 0 0 1 2 0
2 DF Canada Marco Reda 14(2) 1274 2 0 6 12 4 0
4 DF Canada Justin Thompson 2(2) 226 0 0 1 4 1 0
4 DF Wales Shaun Pejic 15 1344 0 0 4 9 1 1
4 DF Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Wesley Charles 12 1025 0 0 2 15 1 1
6 DF Canada Luca Bellisomo 12(4) 1168 0 1 4 7 3 0
7 MF Canada Martin Nash 29 2481 4 3 27 23 5 1
8 DF United States Wes Knight 35(1) 2855 1 9 16 35 4 0
9 FW Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Marlon James 12(11) 1160 11 2 59 29 4 0
13 MF Haiti Kénold Versailles 9(5) 912 1 0 13 31 4 0
13 MF Canada Geordie Lyall 2(5) 253 0 0 1 4 1 0
14 FW Canada Marcus Haber 30(6) 2422 11 4 42 30 2 0
15 MF Canada Philippe Davies 1(1) 65 0 0 2 2 0 0
16 MF Liberia Ansu Toure 20(7) 1579 1 3 36 16 4 0
17 FW Canada Randy Edwini-Bonsu (15) 214 1 1 8 3 0 0
18 DF Canada Mason Trafford 12(14) 1256 0 2 7 18 2 0
19 MF Canada Chris Pozniak 11(2) 1009 0 0 6 11 1 0
20 MF Canada Ethan Gage 9(8) 803 0 0 7 17 1 0
20 FW Canada Charles Gbeke 28(6) 2338 13 2 79 58 3 1
20 MF Jamaica Dever Orgill 2(9) 301 2 1 7 10 2 0
22 DF Japan Takashi Hirano 33(1) 2954 0 2 6 33 0
23 MF Bolivia Vicente Arze 8(10) 797 0 1 14 23 3 0
24 DF United States Lyle Martin 19(4) 1728 1 2 12 14 2 0
25 MF Bermuda Tyrell Burgess 11(14) 1047 1 2 28 15 2 0
25 MF United States Justin Moose 2(10) 323 0 0 2 6 1 0
27 DF United States Jeff Parke 7 524 0 0 3 5 1 0
28 MF Canada Gordon Chin 14(12) 1397 1 4 24 20 3 0
29 MF Tanzania Nizar Khalfan 9(5) 729 0 0 20 8 0 0
37 MF Nigeria Michael Onwatuegwu 1 45 0 0 0 2 0 0
Opponent Own goals 0

Updated February 28, 2014[16]
[17]

  • 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. ^ "MLS awards Vancouver team for 2011". March 18, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ Demosphere International (April 9, 2009). "USL-1 Season Preview – Part I". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  3. ^ DiVeronica, Jeff (April 7, 2009). "Islanders heavy favorites heading into the USL season". ESPNFC.com United Soccer Leagues (Archive). Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ Constantineau, Bruce (August 15, 2009). "Caps gear up for drive to playoffs". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Whitecaps and Impact win USL-1 semis". ESPNFC.com. October 5, 2009. Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ Weber, Marc (October 17, 2009). "Montreal Impact end Vancouver Whitecaps' impressive playoff run". whitecapsfc.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ McColl, Michael (June 19, 2009). "Folding Frenchies Kill Whitecaps Dreams". Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  8. ^ McColl, Michael (June 20, 2009). "Montreal Screws Vancouver Again". Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Vancouver Whitecaps Year in Review: Introduction". October 20, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Austin receives two point deduction". www.uslsoccer.com. July 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-11. 
  11. ^ "USL First Division 2009 Full Schedule". Demosphere International. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  12. ^ Demosphere. "USL First Division – Top 10 Stats Leaders". uslsoccer.com. Retrieved February 20, 2014. 
  13. ^ Stinson, Dan (January 16, 2007). "Whitecaps launch talent search". The Vancouver Sun Newspaper. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  14. ^ Demosphere International (April 9, 2009). "USL-1 Season Preview – Part I". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 
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  16. ^ "2009 Statistics". Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Full Schedule". Retrieved 28 February 2014.