2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC
2012 season
ChairmanGreg Kerfoot
ManagerMartin Rennie
StadiumBC Place
Major League Soccer5th, West
12th, Overall
MLS Cup PlayoffsKnockout round
Canadian ChampionshipRunners-up
Cascadia Cup3rd
Pro Soccer ClassicWinners
Top goalscorerLeague:
Darren Mattocks (7)

All:
Darren Mattocks (8)
Highest home attendance21,000 (sell-out)
vs. Montreal Impact (March 10)
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (May 19)
vs. Los Angeles Galaxy (July 18)
vs. Seattle Sounders FC (September 29)
vs. Portland Timbers (October 21)
Lowest home attendance14,878
vs. Toronto FC (May 16)
Average home league attendanceLeague: 19,475
All: 18,998
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The 2012 Vancouver Whitecaps FC season was the Whitecaps' second season in Major League Soccer, the top tier of soccer in the United States and Canada. In 2011, the expansion Whitecaps FC struggled to find the results and finished at the bottom of the league table winning just six matches with none on the road. By finishing last overall in the regular season the Whitecaps FC received the 2nd overall pick in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft that were held in January 2012.

The Whitecaps second season began on March 10 against expansion side, and Canadian rivals, Montreal Impact at BC Place with a 2–0 victory. Vancouver set a MLS record by going 427 minutes without conceding a goal to start the season.[1] The club qualified for the playoffs for the first time on October 23 when the Seattle Sounders defeated FC Dallas. They became the first Canadian MLS team to make the playoffs in MLS history.

Vancouver finished as runners-up in the 2012 Canadian Championship after losing to Toronto FC in the Final for the second consecutive season, under the current bracket format. The Whitecaps defeated FC Edmonton with an aggregate score of 5–1 in the semi-finals before falling 2–1 on aggregate to Toronto.

Season overview[edit]

January/February[edit]

Le Toux was acquired on January 31 from Philadelphia. He scored the first goal of the season for Vancouver. He was traded to New York on July 13.

By finishing last overall in the league table in 2011, the Vancouver Whitecaps received the 2nd overall draft choice in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and Supplemental Draft. The SuperDraft was held on January 12 and the club selected Darren Mattocks with their first-round pick and Chris Estridge with their second-round pick. As a Generation Adidas player, Mattocks was already signed to a league contract prior to being drafted. The Whitecaps also selected four players in the Supplemental Draft, Gienir Garcia, Greg Klazura, Andrew Fontein and Mark Fetrow. Garcia was traded shortly after to Montreal in exchange for the discovery rights to Etienne Barbara.[2]

Training camp for the 2012 MLS season began in Vancouver on January 23. Under new head coach, Martin Rennie, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC underwent a large number of personnel changes both on the pitch and off. Rennie replaced assistant coaches Colin Miller and Denis Hamlett with Paul Ritchie, Carl Robinson and Jake DeClute. He also acquired several high profile players to add to the club. After signing Lee Young-Pyo and Lee Nguyen in December, the club acquired MLS All-star striker Sébastien Le Toux from the Philadelphia Union on January 31 in exchange for allocation money.[3] On February 16 the Whitecaps also announced the signing of Middlesbrough F.C. midfielder, and Scottish international, Barry Robson as their newest designated player, replacing Mustapha Jarju who was released shortly before. Robson will join the club in July after his season with Middlesbrough has concluded.[4]

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC spent ten days training at the Grande Sports World complex in Casa Grande, Arizona for the second consecutive season. During the training camp the club played in two friendlies against the Seattle Sounders and Real Salt Lake. Both matches ended in 1–1 draws with Camilo and Darren Mattocks scoring the goals for Vancouver. The Whitecaps returned to Vancouver for training and played a friendly against Victoria of the CIS. The Whitecaps won the match 2–1.

On February 21 the Whitecaps began training at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida. The Whitecaps signed their second-round Supplemental Draft choice, Greg Klazura, on February 22.[5] During their two-week training camp in Florida they competed in the Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic. Vancouver played three group stage matches against Montreal Impact, Houston Dynamo, and Sporting Kansas City. They finished the group stage with three wins while scoring seven goals, led by Le Toux with three, and conceding none.

March[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC second MLS season opener against the Montreal Impact on March 10 at BC Place.

The Vancouver Whitecaps won their first trophy as an MLS franchise when they defeated Toronto FC by a score of 1–0 in the Walt Disney Pro Soccer Classic Final on March 3. Camilo scored the lone goal of the match for Vancouver in the 10th minute. The club then played their final match of the preseason, a community shield friendly, against Martin Rennie's former club, Carolina RailHawks FC, the following day. The match also featured former RailHawks FC players Brad Knighton and Matt Watson. The Whitecaps tied the match at 2 with a last-minute goal by Davide Chiumiento but ultimately lost 4–2 on penalties.

The Whitecaps kicked off their second MLS season on March 10 against rivals Montreal Impact in front of a sold-out crowd of 21,000 at BC Place.[6] This was the first match between the two storied rival squads in Major League Soccer. The Whitecaps scored early with Sébastien Le Toux registering his first goal for Vancouver in the 4th minute after receiving a flicked on header from Eric Hassli before sliding the ball passed goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. In the league's seventeen season history, Le Toux's strike was the fastest opening goal ever to start a season.[7] The Whitecaps increased their lead when 2011 leading scorer, Camilo, scored his first goal of the season in the 54th minute. Joe Cannon made five saves to earn his first win, and clean sheet, of the season as the Whitecaps won their season opener 2–0. The match was watched by an average of 541,000 viewers in Canada, with a total of 2.5 million people tuning in for at least a portion of the match, on TSN and RDS making it the most-viewed MLS game ever in the country.[8]

Vancouver played their first road match of the season on March 17 against Chivas USA at The Home Depot Center. Captain Jay DeMerit scored the lone goal, his first as a Whitecap, of the match with a header off a corner kick in the 68th minute. Goalkeepers Joe Cannon and Brad Knighton combined for the clean sheet and the Whitecaps won their first away match in their MLS history. Knighton replaced Cannon who was subbed off with an injury in the 41st minute.[9] Joe Cannon was awarded the MLS Save of the Week for his stop on Casey Townsend in the 32nd minute.[10]

The Whitecaps continued their streak of not conceding a goal on March 24 in a 0–0 draw with D.C. United. Cannon was awarded with his second consecutive Save of the Week when he blocked a Hamdi Salihi header off a corner kick in the 67th minute.[11] Vancouver capped off the month of March with their fourth clean sheet of the season but, once again, failed to score themselves against the Philadelphia Union.

April[edit]

The Whitecaps saw their four-match unbeaten streak to open the season end on April 7 against the San Jose Earthquakes. Sébastien Le Toux scored a second half goal for Vancouver but Chris Wondolowski replied with a brace and San Jose won 3–1. The match also saw the Whitecaps set a new MLS record for shutout streak to open a season end at 427 minutes, a mark previously set by the New York Red Bulls at 421 minutes.[1]

John Furlong, former CEO of VANOC for the 2010 Winter Olympics, was named Executive Chair of the Whitecaps on April 12.[12]

Vancouver suffered their second consecutive 3–1 at the hands of Sporting Kansas City on April 18 before rebounding to beat both FC Dallas and Columbus Crew 1–0 on April 21 and 28 respectively. Camilo and Lee Young-Pyo scored the goals respectively.

May[edit]

The Whitecaps met FC Edmonton in the 2012 Canadian Championship semi-final first leg in May, and beat them 2–0.

The Whitecaps opened the month of May with the first leg of their semi-final fixture for the 2012 Canadian Championship in an away match against FC Edmonton of the NASL. They earned a 2–0 victory over their Canadian rivals with goals from Eric Hassli and Atiba Harris while Brad Knighton earned the clean sheet in his first start for the club. On May 5 the Whitecaps had a re-match with the San Jose Earthquakes at BC Place. Vancouver were able to defeat San Jose 2–1 despite falling behind in the 15th minute. Eric Hassli scored in the final minute of stoppage time to give the club its first ever win when trailing in a match. The match took place exactly thirty-eight years since the Whitecaps played their first ever competitive match as a club, also against the San Jose Earthquakes, where they were defeated by the same 2–1 scoreline.

On May 12 the Whitecaps suffered their worst defeat of the season to date dropping a 4–1 decision to the New England Revolution. Lee Nguyen, who was waived by the Whitecaps in the preseason, scored two goals and helped set up another. Vancouver drew 1–1 against Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. Ryan Johnson put the visitors ahead but Eric Hassli scored in stoppage time to salvage a draw. Hassli's goal was described by analysts as "jaw-dropping" and compared to his goal against Seattle Sounders FC in 2011, which received international acclaim and was a finalist for the 2011 Best Play ESPY Award and runner-up for MLS goal of the year.[13][14][15]

Vancouver opened the 2012 Cascadia Cup against the Seattle Sounders at BC Place on May 19. Twice the Whitecaps earned the lead with goals from Alain Rochat and Camilo but both were answered by Eddie Johnson and Fredy Montero for Seattle with the match finishing in a 2–2 draw. Vancouver failed to win their first Canadian Championship losing 1–0 to Toronto FC, 2–1 on aggregate. The Whitecaps ended the month in Portland where they drew 1–1 with the Timbers. Darren Mattocks scored his first MLS goal in the 84th minute to pull the Whitecaps even.

June[edit]

On June 15, the Vancouver Whitecaps unveiled their new third kit. The design features an arbutus brown colour with sky blue trim. The new kit debuted on June 17 against Colorado where the Whitecaps won 1–0. On June 18 the club introduced Barry Robson to the media. Robson will be eligible to join the line-up on June 27. On June 28 the Whitecaps waived midfielder Floyd Franks and traded forward Tan Long to D.C. United.

July[edit]

Kenny Miller was signed July 16 as the club's current third designated player, fourth to date.

Barry Robson made his club debut on July 4 against Colorado. Robson was named to the starting eleven by Martin Rennie and played 57 minutes before being subbed off. The Whitecaps won the match 1–0 on a goal by Darren Mattocks. The win brought Vancouver to 29 points, eclipsing their total of 28 points in 2011. On July 8 captain Jay DeMerit was named to the MLS All-Star first XI. The 2012 MLS All-Star game took place July 25 at PPL Park in Philadelphia. The MLS All-Stars defeated the 2012 UEFA Champions League and 2012 FA Cup winners, Chelsea, 3–2.

On July 11 it was announced that Davide Chiumiento would be transferred to FC Zürich.[16] Further moves were made on July 13 when Sébastien Le Toux was traded to New York Red Bulls in exchange for Dane Richards.[17] On July 16 the Whitecaps announced the addition of a third designated player, captain of the Scottish national team, Kenny Miller.[18] Miller made his Whitecaps debut coming off the bench against San Jose a week later.

On July 20 Martin Rennie made more moves by trading away the club's first ever designated player Eric Hassli to Toronto FC in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft and an international roster slot through the 2013 season.[19] This also freed an international slot for the club in addition to the slot acquired from the trade.

August[edit]

The club made two depth acquisitions to begin the month of August signing Irish centre back Andy O'Brien and Brazilian midfielder Tiago Ulisses. O'Brien made his debut coming off the bench against Real Salt Lake on August 11.

October[edit]

On October 21 the Vancouver Whitecaps became the first Canadian MLS team to qualify for the MLS Playoffs.[20] They entered the day needing either a win against Portland, an FC Dallas defeat, or a draw with Portland and a FC Dallas draw with Seattle. Vancouver fell 0–1 but still clinched as the Sounders defeated Dallas 3–1.

November[edit]

The team lost their one-game playoff game against Los Angeles Galaxy 2–1 despite opening the scoring in the third minute of the match.[21] The Galaxy eventually went on to win the MLS Cup.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

As of August 8, 2012[22]
No. Name Nationality Position Date of Birth (Age as of Nov. 1) Previous Club
Goalkeepers
1 Joe Cannon  United States GK (1975-01-01)January 1, 1975 (aged 37) San Jose Earthquakes
18 Brad Knighton  United States GK (1985-02-06)February 6, 1985 (aged 27) Carolina RailHawks
24 Brian Sylvestre  United States GK (1992-12-19)December 19, 1992 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps Residency
Defenders
3 Jordan Harvey  United States LB (1984-01-28)January 28, 1984 (aged 28) Philadelphia Union
4 Alain Rochat   Switzerland LB (1983-02-01)February 1, 1983 (aged 29) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
6 Jay DeMerit  United States CB (1979-12-04)December 4, 1979 (aged 32) Watford F.C.
12 Lee Young-Pyo  South Korea RB (1977-04-23)April 23, 1977 (aged 35) Al-Hilal FC
15 Martín Bonjour  Argentina CB (1985-04-09)April 9, 1985 (aged 27) Rampla Juniors
19 Carlyle Mitchell  Trinidad and Tobago CB (1987-08-08)August 8, 1987 (aged 25) Joe Public F.C.
32 Greg Klazura  United States RB (1988-01-27)January 27, 1988 (aged 24) Notre Dame Fighting Irish
40 Andy O'Brien  Ireland CB (1979-06-29)June 29, 1979 (aged 33) Leeds United A.F.C.
Midfielders
11 John Thorrington  United States CM (1979-11-17)November 17, 1979 (aged 32) Chicago Fire
13 Michael Nanchoff  United States CM (1988-09-24)September 24, 1988 (aged 24) Akron Zips
14 Barry Robson  Scotland CM (1978-11-07)November 7, 1978 (aged 33) Middlesbrough F.C.
16 Matt Watson  England CM (1985-01-01)January 1, 1985 (aged 27) Carolina RailHawks
20 Dane Richards  Jamaica RW (1983-12-14)December 14, 1983 (aged 28) New York Red Bulls
23 Tiago Ulisses  Brazil MF (1989-05-09)May 9, 1989 (aged 23) Botafogo Futebol Clube
27 Jun Marques Davidson  Japan DM (1983-06-07)June 7, 1983 (aged 29) Tokushima Vortis
28 Gershon Koffie  Ghana MF (1991-08-25)August 25, 1991 (aged 21) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
31 Russell Teibert  Canada LW (1992-12-22)December 22, 1992 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps (USSF-D2)
36 Bryce Alderson  Canada MF (1994-02-05)February 5, 1994 (aged 18) Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
Forwards
7 Kenny Miller  Scotland FW (1979-12-23)December 23, 1979 (aged 32) Cardiff City
8 Etienne Barbara  Malta FW (1982-06-10)June 10, 1982 (aged 30) Carolina RailHawks
9 Atiba Harris  Saint Kitts and Nevis FW (1985-01-09)January 9, 1985 (aged 27) FC Dallas
17 Omar Salgado  United States FW (1993-09-10)September 10, 1993 (aged 19) C.D. Guadalajara
22 Darren Mattocks  Jamaica FW (1990-09-02)September 2, 1990 (aged 22) Akron Zips
34 Caleb Clarke  Canada FW (1993-06-23)June 23, 1993 (aged 19) Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
37 Camilo  Brazil FW (1988-07-21)July 21, 1988 (aged 24) Gyeongnam FC

Transfers in[edit]

Date Player Position Previous Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 17, 2011 Canada Bryce Alderson MF Canada Vancouver (Residency) Free [23]
December 6, 2011 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Free [24]
December 15, 2011 United States Lee Nguyen MF Vietnam Becamex Binh Duong F.C. Free, Weighted lottery process [25]
December 16, 2011 England Matt Watson MF United States Carolina RailHawks Free [26]
January 6, 2012 Argentina Martín Bonjour DF Uruguay Rampla Juniors Undisclosed terms [27]
January 12, 2012 Jamaica Darren Mattocks FW United States University of Akron Zips 2012 MLS SuperDraft [28]
January 17, 2012 United States Brad Knighton GK United States Carolina RailHawks Free [29]
January 19, 2012 Japan Jun Marques Davidson MF Japan Tokushima Vortis Undisclosed [30]
January 31, 2012 France Sébastien Le Toux FW United States Philadelphia Union Acquired for allocation money [3]
February 16, 2012 Scotland Barry Robson MF England Middlesbrough Free transfer, pre-contract. Joined club in July. [4]
February 22, 2012 United States Greg Klazura DF United States Notre Dame Fighting Irish Supplemental Draft, 2nd round [5]
February 28, 2012 Malta Etienne Barbara FW United States Carolina RailHawks Discovery rights acquired from Montreal. Signed February 28, 2012 [2][31]
March 6, 2012 United States Floyd Franks MF United States Carolina RailHawks Free [32]
April 24, 2012 Canada Caleb Clarke FW Canada Vancouver (Residency) Free [33]
July 13, 2012 Jamaica Dane Richards MF United States New York Red Bulls Acquired for Sébastien Le Toux [17]
July 16, 2012 Scotland Kenny Miller FW Wales Cardiff City Transfer, undisclosed fee [18]
August 1, 2012 Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien DF England Leeds United A.F.C. Transfer, undisclosed fee [34]
August 3, 2012 Brazil Tiago Ulisses MF Brazil Botafogo Futebol Clube Transfer, undisclosed fee [35]

Transfers out[edit]

Date Player Position Destination Club Fee/Notes Ref
November 7, 2011 Cameroon Alexandre Morfaw MF Waived [36]
November 23, 2011 United States Jeb Brovsky MF Canada Montreal Impact Expansion Draft [37]
November 23, 2011 Tanzania Nizar Khalfan MF United States Philadelphia Union Waived, free transfer [37]
November 23, 2011 United States Bilal Duckett DF Waived [37]
November 30, 2011 United States Shea Salinas MF United States San Jose Earthquakes Traded for allocation money [38]
December 5, 2011 United States Jay Nolly GK United States Chicago Fire Traded for a 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft Round 1 pick [39]
December 29, 2011 United States Greg Janicki DF United States San Antonio Scorpions Waived [40]
December 29, 2011 United States Jonathan Leathers DF Waived [40]
December 29, 2011 United States Peter Vagenas MF United States C.D. Chivas USA Waived [40]
January 20, 2012 The Gambia Mustapha Jarju FW Belgium R.A.E.C. Mons Contract terminated. Later re-signed with RAEC Mons on January 25, 2012. [41][42]
January 20, 2012 Canada Philippe Davies MF Option declined [41]
March 1, 2012 United States Lee Nguyen MF United States New England Revolution Waived. Later selected by New England in waiver draft on March 2, 2012. [43]
June 22, 2012 New Zealand Michael Boxall DF New Zealand Wellington Phoenix FC Waived [44]
June 28, 2012 United States Floyd Franks MF United States Carolina RailHawks Waived [45]
June 28, 2012 China Tan Long FW United States D.C. United Traded for 2015 MLS SuperDraft Round 3 pick [45]
July 11, 2012 Switzerland Davide Chiumiento MF Switzerland FC Zürich Transfer fee undisclosed [16]
July 13, 2012 France Sébastien Le Toux FW United States New York Red Bulls Traded for Dane Richards and allocation money. [17]
July 20, 2012 France Eric Hassli FW Canada Toronto FC Traded for 2014 MLS SuperDraft Round 1 pick and international roster spot through 2013. [19]

Club[edit]

Front office and staff[edit]

Martin Rennie was hired as the new Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach on August 9, 2011.
Position Staff
Owners  CAN Greg Kerfoot
 USA Stephen Luczo
 CAN Jeff Mallett
 CAN Steve Nash
President  CAN Bob Lenarduzzi
Head Coach  SCO Martin Rennie
Director of Operations  USA Tom Soehn
Assistant Coaches  USA Jake DeClute
 SCO Paul Ritchie
 WAL Carl Robinson
Staff Coach  CAN Martin Nash
Goalkeeper Coach  NOR Marius Røvde
Scouting Coordinator  USA Jake DeClute
Head Athletic Trainer  USA Jake Joachim
Physiotherapist  CAN Graeme Pool
Head of Sports Medicine & Science  CAN Rick Celebrini
Strength & Conditioning Coach  USA Mike Young
As of March 15, 2012[46]

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK United States Joe Cannon 28 0 26+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
3 DF United States Jordan Harvey 30 1 18+8 1 1+0 0 2+1 0
4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 31 2 27+0 2 1+0 0 3+0 0
6 DF United States Jay DeMerit 35 1 31+0 1 1+0 0 3+0 0
7 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 14 2 8+5 2 0+1 0 0+0 0
8 FW Malta Etienne Barbara 4 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 1+1 0
9 FW Saint Kitts and Nevis Atiba Harris 8 1 3+4 0 0+0 0 1+0 1
11 MF United States John Thorrington 24 0 14+5 0 1+0 0 4+0 0
12 DF South Korea Lee Young-Pyo 36 1 33+0 1 1+0 0 2+0 0
13 MF United States Michael Nanchoff 11 0 1+8 0 0+0 0 1+1 0
14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 18 3 16+1 3 1+0 0 0+0 0
15 DF Argentina Martín Bonjour 31 1 27+1 1 0+1 0 2+0 0
16 MF England Matt Watson 17 0 10+5 0 1+0 0 1+0 0
17 FW United States Omar Salgado 8 0 5+2 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
18 GK United States Brad Knighton 13 0 8+2 0 1+0 0 2+0 0
19 DF Trinidad and Tobago Carlyle Mitchell 4 0 2+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
20 MF Jamaica Dane Richards 13 3 9+3 3 0+1 0 0+0 0
22 FW Jamaica Darren Mattocks 25 9 15+6 7 1+0 1 0+3 1
23 FW Brazil Tiago Ulisses 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
24 GK United States Brian Sylvestre 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
27 MF Japan Jun Marques Davidson 26 0 24+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 32 3 28+1 3 1+0 0 2+0 0
31 MF Canada Russell Teibert 4 0 1+3 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
32 DF United States Greg Klazura 2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 2+0 0
34 FW Canada Caleb Clarke 2 0 0+2 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
36 MF Canada Bryce Alderson 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
37 FW Brazil Camilo 31 5 19+9 5 0+0 0 3+0 0
40 DF Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien 9 0 7+1 0 1+0 0 0+0 0
DF New Zealand Michael Boxall 0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0 0+0 0
MF Switzerland Davide Chiumiento 20 0 15+1 0 0+0 0 2+2 0
FW France Eric Hassli 22 4 9+9 2 0+0 0 3+1 2
MF United States Floyd Franks 2 0 0+1 0 0+0 0 1+0 0
FW France Sébastien Le Toux 22 6 18+1 4 0+0 0 2+1 2
FW China Tan Long 5 0 0+4 0 0+0 0 0+1 0

Last updated: January 7, 2013
Source: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Goalkeeper stats[edit]

No. Nat. Player Total Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship
MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA MIN SV GA GAA
1 United States Joe Cannon 2,457 79 36 1.32 2,277 73 34 1.34 0 0 0 0.00 180 6 2 1.00
18 United States Brad Knighton 1,052 40 10 0.86 782 27 7 0.81 90 5 2 2.00 180 8 1 0.50
24 United States Brian Sylvestre 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00 0 0 0 0.00

Updated to match played January 7, 2013
Source: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Starting XI[edit]

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United States
South Korea
Republic of Ireland
United States
United States
Ghana
Switzerland
Scotland
England
Jamaica
Scotland

Configuration based on August 2012 starting lineups.

Top scorers[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total goals are equal.

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Major League Soccer MLS Playoffs Canadian Championship Total
1 22 FW Jamaica Darren Mattocks 7 1 1 9
2 FW France Sébastien Le Toux 4 0 2 6
3 37 FW Brazil Camilo 5 0 0 5
4 FW France Eric Hassli 2 0 2 4
5 14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 3 0 0 3
20 MF Jamaica Dane Richards 3 0 0 3
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 3 0 0 3
8 4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 2 0 0 2
7 FW Scotland Kenny Miller 2 0 0 2
10 Four players tied with 1 goal each
TOTALS 35 1 6 42
As of January 7, 2013[47]

Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Top assists[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by shirt number when total assists are equal.

Ran No. Pos Nat Name Major League Soccer MLS Cup Playoffs Canadian Championship Total
1 MF Switzerland Davide Chiumiento 5 0 3 8
2 37 FW Brazil Camilo 7 0 0 7
3 12 DF South Korea Lee Young-Pyo 4 0 0 4
4 4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 2 0 1 3
FW France Eric Hassli 3 0 0 3
6 3 DF United States Jordan Harvey 2 0 0 2
14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 2 0 0 2
17 FW United States Omar Salgado 1 0 1 2
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 2 0 0 2
10 Ten players tied with 1 assist each
TOTALS 35 1 6 42
As of January 7, 2013[47]

Italic: denotes player is no longer with team

Disciplinary record[edit]

Includes all competitive matches. The list is sorted by position, and then shirt number.

N P Nat. Name Major League Soccer Canadian Championship N/A Others Total Notes
Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
1 GK United States Joe Cannon 1 1
18 GK United States Brad Knighton
24 GK United States Brian Sylvestre
3 DF United States Jordan Harvey 1 1 2
4 DF Switzerland Alain Rochat 6 6
6 DF United States Jay DeMerit 3 3
12 DF South Korea Lee Young-Pyo 1 1
15 DF Argentina Martín Bonjour 5 1 6
19 DF Trinidad and Tobago Carlyle Mitchell
32 DF United States Greg Klazura
11 MF United States John Thorrington 1 1 2
13 MF United States Michael Nanchoff
14 MF Scotland Barry Robson 1 1
16 MF England Matt Watson 1 1
20 MF Jamaica Dane Richards
23 MF Brazil Tiago Ulisses
27 MF Japan Jun Marques Davidson 6 6
28 MF Ghana Gershon Koffie 6 6 Suspended August 15 vs. FC Dallas for yellow card accumulation.
31 MF Canada Russell Teibert
36 MF Canada Bryce Alderson
7 FW Scotland Kenny Miller
8 FW Malta Etienne Barbara
9 FW Saint Kitts and Nevis Atiba Harris 1 1
17 FW United States Omar Salgado 1 1
22 FW Jamaica Darren Mattocks 7 1 2 9 1
34 FW Canada Caleb Clarke
37 FW Brazil Camilo 1 1
40 DF Republic of Ireland Andy O'Brien
DF New Zealand Michael Boxall
MF Switzerland Davide Chiumiento
MF United States Floyd Franks
FW France Eric Hassli 6 6
FW France Sébastien Le Toux 1 1 1 1
FW China Long Tan

Last updated: August 11, 2012
Source: Competitive matches
Ordered by Red card, Second yellow card and Yellow card
Yellow card = Number of bookings; Second yellow card = Number of sending offs after a second yellow card; Red card = Number of sending offs by a direct red card.

Italic: denotes no longer with club.

Competitions[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

Arizona training[edit]

February 6 Vancouver 1–1 Seattle Casa Grande, Arizona
15:00 PST Camilo Goal 1'
Harris Yellow card 14'
Bonjour Yellow card 14'
Boxall Yellow card 77'
Teibert Yellow card 103'
Cregg Yellow card 110'
Report Parke Yellow card 20'
Carrasco Goal 48'
Caskey Yellow card 94'
Vanzie Yellow card 101'
Banton Red card 116'
Gutierres Yellow card 119'
Stadium: Grande Sports World
February 10 Vancouver 1–1 Salt Lake Casa Grande, Arizona
10:00 PST Harris Yellow card 18'
Mattocks Goal 27'
Camilo Yellow card 45'
Koffie Yellow card 90'
Report Bengellou Yellow card 21'
Tanaka Yellow card 26'
Espíndola Goal 39' (pen.)
Steele Yellow card 51'
Gil Yellow card 54'
Salcedo Yellow card 75'
Schuler Yellow card 79'
Stadium: Grande Sports World

Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic[edit]

February 24 Match 1 Montreal 0–3 Vancouver Orlando, Florida
17:00 PST Arnaud Yellow card 42'
Martins Yellow card 71'
Recap Hassli Goal 38', Yellow card 42'
Camilo Yellow card 41'
Mattocks Goal 69'
Koffie Yellow card 75'
Le Toux Goal 83' (pen.)
Stadium: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
February 26 Match 2 Vancouver 1–0 Houston Orlando, Florida
10:00 PST Le Toux Goal 15' (pen.)
Harvey Yellow card 44'
Recap Deric Yellow card 28'
Creavalle Yellow card 54'
Stadium: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Friendlies[edit]

February 19 Victoria 1–2 Vancouver Victoria, British Columbia
13:00 PST Gorman Goal 67' (pen.) Recap Chiumiento Goal 11' (pen.)
Davidson Yellow card 39' Yellow-red card 65'
Watson Goal 52'
Stadium: Centennial Stadium
Attendance: 2,831
March 4 Community Shield Carolina 2–2
(4–2 p)
Vancouver Cary, North Carolina
12:00 PST Lowery Goal 6'
Shriver Goal 71'
Recap Tan Goal 49'
Chiumiento Goal 90'
Stadium: WakeMed Soccer Park
Referee: Terry Vaughn
Penalties
Stockley Penalty scored
Drake Penalty scored
Miller Penalty scored
Shipalane Penalty scored
Penalty scored Le Toux
Penalty scored Chiumiento
Penalty missed Tan
Penalty missed Knighton

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current
position / round
Final
position / round
First match Last match
Pro Soccer Classic Group stage Winner February 24 March 3
Major League Soccer 5th, West
11th, Overall
March 10 October 27
MLS Cup Playoffs Play-in Round Play-in Round November 1
Canadian Championship Semi-finals Runners-up May 2 May 23
Cascadia Cup 3rd May 19 October 21

Updated to match played October 28, 2012
Source: Competitions

Major League Soccer[edit]

League table[edit]

Western Conference[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS, W1) 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 66 2012 MLS Cup Conference Semifinals
2 Real Salt Lake 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57
3 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18 56
4 LA Galaxy 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 54 2012 MLS Cup Knockout Round
5 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6 43
6 FC Dallas 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5 39
7 Colorado Rapids 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6 37
8 Portland Timbers 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22 34
9 Chivas USA 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34 30
Updated to match(es) played on October 28, 2012. Source: MLS

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner; (W1) = Western Conference champion

Overall[edit]
Pos Team Pld W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 San Jose Earthquakes (SS) 34 19 6 9 72 43 +29 66 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
2 Sporting Kansas City 34 18 7 9 42 27 +15 63
3 D.C. United 34 17 10 7 53 43 +10 58
4 New York Red Bulls 34 16 9 9 57 46 +11 57
5 Real Salt Lake 34 17 11 6 46 35 +11 57
6 Chicago Fire 34 17 11 6 46 41 +5 57
7 Seattle Sounders FC 34 15 8 11 51 33 +18 56
8 LA Galaxy 34 16 12 6 59 47 +12 54 2013–14 CONCACAF Champions League 1
9 Houston Dynamo 34 14 9 11 48 41 +7 53
10 Columbus Crew 34 15 12 7 44 44 0 52
11 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 34 11 13 10 35 41 −6 43
12 Montreal Impact 34 12 16 6 45 51 −6 42
13 FC Dallas 34 9 13 12 42 47 −5 39
14 Colorado Rapids 34 11 19 4 44 50 −6 37
15 Philadelphia Union 34 10 18 6 37 45 −8 36
16 New England Revolution 34 9 17 8 39 44 −5 35
17 Portland Timbers 34 8 16 10 34 56 −22 34
18 Chivas USA 34 7 18 9 24 58 −34 30
19 Toronto FC 34 5 21 8 36 62 −26 23 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League 2
Updated to match(es) played on October 28, 2012. Source: MLSSoccer.com

(SS) = Supporters Shield winner

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld Pts W L D GF GA GD W L D GF GA GD W L D GF GA GD
34 43 11 13 10 35 41  −6 8 3 6 25 17  +8 3 10 4 10 24  −14

Last updated: October 28, 2012
Source: MLSSoccer.com
Pld = Matches played; Pts = Points; W = Matches won; D = Matches drawn; L = Matches lost; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; GD = Goal difference

Results by round[edit]

Round12345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031323334
GroundHAHAAHHAHAHAHHHAAAAAHHAHHAAAAHHHHA
ResultWWDDLLWWWLDDWWDLWDLLDWLWLLLLLDDWLD
Updated to match(es) played on October 27, 2012. Source: MLS results
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Match results[edit]

Schedule[48]

  Win   Draw   Loss

March 10 1 Vancouver 2–0 Montreal Vancouver, British Columbia
15:00 PST Le Toux Goal 4'
Camilo Goal 54'
Bonjour Yellow card 58'
Recap Felipe Yellow card 19'
Bernier Yellow card 28'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Ricardo Salazar
March 17 2 Chivas 0–1 Vancouver Carson, California
19:30 PDT Minda Yellow card 35' Recap Davidson Yellow card 63'
DeMerit Goal 68'
Hassli Yellow card 89'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 7,723
Referee: Jair Marrufo
March 24 3 Vancouver 0–0 D.C. Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Hassli Yellow card 33' Recap Santos Yellow card 35'
Pontius Yellow card 70'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 19,394
Referee: Kevin Stott
March 31 4 Philadelphia 0–0 Vancouver Chester, Pennsylvania
16:00 PDT Gómez Yellow card 43'
Carroll Yellow card 56'
M. Farfan Yellow card 77'
Recap Harris Yellow card 65' Stadium: PPL Park
Attendance: 17,189
Referee: Elias Bazakos
April 7 5 San Jose 3–1 Vancouver Santa Clara, California
16:00 PDT Wondolowski Goal 68'78'
Gordon Goal 72'
Corrales Yellow card 90+2'
Recap Davidson Yellow card 11'
Bonjour Yellow card 37'
Y.P. Lee Yellow card 45+2'
Le Toux Goal 49'
Stadium: Buck Shaw Stadium
Attendance: 10,525
Referee: Ramon Hernandez
April 18 6 Vancouver 1–3 Kansas City Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Hassli Yellow card 6'
DeMerit Yellow card 67'
Le Toux Goal 79'
Recap Collin Yellow card 18', Goal 24'
Nagamura Yellow card 38'
Bonjour Goal 51' (o.g.)
Kamara Goal 65'
Nielsen Yellow card 80'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 15,382
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
April 21 7 Vancouver 1–0 Dallas Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Camilo Goal 11'
Koffie Yellow card 38'
Watson Yellow card 57'
Recap Blas Pérez Yellow card 75'
Rodríguez Yellow card 90'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 18,027
Referee: Edvin Jurisevic
April 28 8 Columbus 0–1 Vancouver Columbus, Ohio
16:30 PDT Marshall Yellow card 81'
O'Rourke Yellow card 87'
Recap Harvey Yellow card 50'
Koffie Yellow card 67'
Y.P. Lee Goal 74'
Stadium: Columbus Crew Stadium
Attendance: 11,978
Referee: Elias Bazakos
May 5 9 Vancouver 2–1 San Jose Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Koffie Goal 40'
Davidson Yellow card 90+2'
Hassli Goal 90+4'
Recap Wondolowski Goal 15'
Cronin Yellow card 52'
Beitashour Yellow card 54'
Chávez Yellow card 54'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 19,271
Referee: Chris Penso
May 12 10 New England 4–1 Vancouver Foxborough, Massachusetts
16:30 PDT Nguyen Goal 6'72'
Sène Goal 24'
Joseph Goal 33', Yellow card 45+2'
Recap Hassli Goal 5', Yellow card 90'
Koffie Yellow card 44'
Salgado Yellow card 61'
Mattocks Yellow card 64'
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
Attendance: 12,112
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
May 19 11a Vancouver 2–2 Seattle Vancouver, British Columbia
14:00 PDT Rochat Goal 12'
Camilo Goal 82', Yellow card 90+3'
Koffie Yellow card 84'
Recap Johnson Goal 47'
Montero Goal 90'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Kevin Stott
May 26 12a Portland 1–1 Vancouver Portland, Oregon
19:00 PDT Smith Yellow card 40'
Boyd Goal 67'
Recap Thorrington Yellow card 23'
Bonjour Yellow card 70'
Mattocks Goal 84', Yellow card 90'
Stadium: Jeld-Wen Field
Attendance: 20,438
Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
June 10 13 Vancouver 3–1 Houston Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Mattocks Goal 4'66'
Davidson Yellow card 68'
Harvey Goal 88'
Recap Davis Yellow card 80'
Kandji Goal 83'
Carr Yellow card 86'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 18,811
Referee: Ramon Hernandez
June 16 14 Vancouver 1–0 Colorado Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Rochat Yellow card 42'
Mattocks Yellow card 59' Yellow-red card 60'
Le Toux Goal 80'
Recap Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 19,166
Referee: Jasen Anno
June 20 15 Vancouver 1–1 New York Vancouver, British Columbia
20:00 PDT Hassli Yellow card 67'
Bonjour Goal 75'
Recap Richards Yellow card 14'
Lindpere Yellow card 19'
Pearce Goal 86'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 20,060
Referee: Chris Penso
June 23 16 Los Angeles 3–0 Vancouver Carson, California
19:30 PDT Beckham Yellow card 16'
Magee Goal 16'
Keane Goal 30'
Donovan Goal 41'
Franklin Yellow card 68'
Recap Mattocks Yellow card 24'
Davidson Yellow card 61'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 21,529
Referee: Allen Chapman
July 4 17 Colorado 0–1 Vancouver Commerce City, Colorado
18:30 PDT Recap Rochat Yellow card 41'
Mattocks Goal 43', Yellow card 90+3'
Stadium: Dick's Sporting Goods Park
Attendance: 18,757
Referee: Dave Gantar
July 7 18 Chivas 0–0 Vancouver Carson, California
19:30 PDT LaBrocca Yellow card 45'
Califf Yellow card 90+3'
Recap Rochat Yellow card 63'
Hassli Yellow card 64'
Bonjour Yellow card 71'
Koffie Yellow card 87'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 11,659
Referee: Juan Guzman
July 11 19 Toronto 3–2 Vancouver Toronto, Ontario
16:00 PDT Silva Yellow card 38', Goal 68'
Dunfield Yellow card 63', Goal 90+4'
Frings Goal 72'
Recap Mattocks Goal 50'90+1'
Rochat Yellow card 71'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 19,821
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
July 14 20 Chicago 1–0 Vancouver Bridgeview, Illinois
17:30 PDT Pardo Goal 10'
Segares Yellow card 36'
Alex Yellow card 41'
Friedrich Yellow card 67' Yellow-red card 69'
Recap Mattocks Yellow card 12'
Rochat Yellow card 43'
Stadium: Toyota Park
Attendance: 16,820
Referee: Jose Carlos Rivero
July 18 21 Vancouver 2–2 Los Angeles Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Koffie Goal 18'
Robson Goal 27'
DeMerit Yellow card 58'
Recap Donovan Yellow card 45+1'
Beckham Goal 81'
Lopes Yellow card 83'
Villarreal Yellow card 86', Goal 87'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
July 22 22 Vancouver 2–1 San Jose Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Bonjour Yellow card 11'
Robson Yellow card 12', Goal 62' (pen.)
Richards Goal 20'
Recap Beitashour Yellow card 32'
Gordon Goal 38'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 20,112
Referee: Jair Marrufo
July 27 23 Salt Lake 2–1 Vancouver Sandy, Utah
18:00 PDT Saborío Goal 34' (pen.)58' Recap DeMerit Yellow card 33'
Mattocks Goal 52', Yellow card 86'
Cannon Red card 76'
Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Attendance: 18,702
Referee: Kevin Stott
August 11 24 Vancouver 2–1 Salt Lake Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Rochat Yellow card 41'
Koffie Yellow card 49'
Camilo Goal 58'
Richards Goal 64'
Recap Beltran Yellow card 37'
Borchers Goal 90+2'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 20,083
Referee: Paul Ward
August 15 25 Vancouver 0–2 Dallas Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Bonjour Yellow card 34'
Camilo Yellow card 45+1'
Nanchoff Yellow card 81'
Lee Yellow card 86'
Davidson Yellow card 86'
Robson Yellow card 90+5'
Recap Hernández Yellow card 46'
Castillo Goal 60'
Top Goal 70'
Jacobson Yellow card 83'
Ferreira Yellow card 86'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 19,006
Referee: Matthew Foerster
August 18 26a Seattle 2–0 Vancouver Seattle, Washington
13:00 PDT Hurtado Yellow card 58'
Montero Goal 64'
Johnson Goal 87'
Recap Koffie Yellow card 90+1' Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Attendance: 55,718
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
August 25 27a Portland 2–1 Vancouver Portland, Oregon
19:30 PDT Nagbe Goal 41'
Songo'o Goal 55'
Recap Rochat Yellow card 33'
Miller Goal 45+2'
Thorrington Yellow card 65'
Mattocks Red card 84'
Stadium: Jeld-Wen Field
Attendance: 20,438
Referee: Dave Gantar
September 1 28 Los Angeles 2–0 Vancouver Carson, California
19:00 PDT Gonzalez Yellow card 21'
Juninho Goal 41'
Beckham Goal 79'
Recap Richards Yellow card 61'
Barbara Yellow card 90'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 20,168
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
September 15 29 Dallas 1–0 Vancouver Frisco, Texas
17:30 PDT de Guzman Yellow card 45', Goal 90+6' Recap Bonjour Yellow card 30'
Harvey Yellow card 36'
Koffie Yellow card 53'
Knighton Yellow card 90+1'
Stadium: FC Dallas Stadium
Referee: Allen Chapman
September 23 30 Vancouver 2–2 Colorado Vancouver, British Columbia
16:30 PDT Richards Yellow card 22'
Camilo Yellow card 29'
Rochat Goal 64'
Miller Goal 68'
Recap Cummings Goal 34'
Smith Goal 86'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 18,992
Referee: Drew Fischer
September 29 31a Vancouver 0–0 Seattle Vancouver, British Columbia
18:00 PDT Harvey Yellow card 49' Recap Parke Yellow card 55' Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Silviu Petrescu
October 3 32 Vancouver 4–0 Chivas Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Koffie Goal 11'
Richards Goal 35'
Camilo Goal 62'
Robson Goal 73'
Recap Bolaños Yellow card 43'
Valencia Yellow card 55'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 17,777
Referee: Hilario Grajeda
October 21 33a Vancouver 0–1 Portland Vancouver, British Columbia
16:00 PDT Sanvezzo Yellow card 53'
Koffie Yellow card 80'
Recap Mosquera Yellow card 10'
Jewsbury Goal 39'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Juan Guzman
October 27 34 Salt Lake 0–0 Vancouver Sandy, Utah
18:00 PDT Wingert Yellow card 36'
Johnson Yellow card 82'
Recap DeMerit Yellow card 47' Stadium: Rio Tinto Stadium
Attendance: 20,507
Referee: Baldomero Toledo
Note[edit]

^a Indicates a match against a Cascadia Cup rival.

MLS Cup playoffs[edit]

Knockout round[edit]

November 1 KO Los Angeles 2–1 Vancouver Carson, California
19:30 PST Juninho Yellow card 43'
Magee Goal 69'
Donovan Goal 73' (pen.)
Sarvas Yellow card 87'
Recap Mattocks Goal 3'
Bonjour Yellow card 71'
Y.P. Lee Yellow card 72'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
Attendance: 14,703
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

Canadian Championship[edit]

The club participates in the four-team Canadian Championship which includes FC Edmonton, Montreal Impact and Toronto FC. The champion of the tournament is awarded the Voyageurs Cup and qualifies for the 2012–13 CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Each round will feature a two-legged home-and-away format. The team with the higher aggregate score from both matches will be declared the winner. Should there be a tie in the aggregate score, the away goals rule will be used to determine the winner. Should the away goals also be even then an additional 30 minutes of extra time will be played with the away goals rule no longer in effect. The final tiebreaker will be a penalty shootout.

Semi-finals[edit]

May 2 First Leg Edmonton 0–2 Vancouver Edmonton, Alberta
19:00 PDT Saiko Yellow card 66'
van Leerdam Yellow card 74'
Recap Hassli Goal 19'
Harris Goal 41'
Harvey Yellow card 72'
Stadium: Commonwealth Stadium
Attendance: 2,777
Referee: Carol Anne Chenard
May 9 Second Leg Vancouver 3–1
(5–1 agg.)
Edmonton Vancouver, British Columbia
20:00 PDT Thorrington Yellow card 42'
Le Toux Goal 75'87'
Mattocks Goal 90+3'
Recap Vorbe Yellow card 33'
Hamilton Yellow card 41'
Cox Yellow card 44'
Kooy Yellow card 51'
Pinto Goal 54'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 15,011
Referee: Geoff Gamble

Final[edit]

May 16 First Leg Vancouver 1–1 Toronto Vancouver, British Columbia
19:00 PDT Hassli Goal 90+1' Recap Hall Yellow card 11'
Dunfield Yellow card 49'
Johnson Goal 66'
Stadium: BC Place
Attendance: 14,878
Referee: Drew Fischer
May 23 Second Leg Toronto 1–0
(2–1 agg.)
Vancouver Toronto, Ontario
17:00 PDT Frings Yellow card 31'
Morgan Yellow card 48'
De Guzman Red card 57'
Lambe Yellow card 75', Goal 83'
Henry Yellow card 84'
Recap Bonjour Yellow card 36'
Le Toux Yellow card 45' Yellow-red card 58'
Mattocks Yellow card 89'
Stadium: BMO Field
Attendance: 13,777
Referee: Silviu Petrescu

MLS reserves[edit]

The Vancouver Whitecaps will compete in the West Division for the 2012 MLS Reserves season. The division consists of six teams, including Chivas USA, Los Angeles Galaxy, Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders and San Jose Earthquakes. The Whitecaps will play each other team twice, once home and once away.

League table[edit]

West Division
Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 LA Galaxy (C) 10 6 3 1 22 11 +11 19
2 San Jose Earthquakes 10 5 3 2 15 12 +3 17
3 Seattle Sounders FC 10 4 5 1 18 18 0 13
4 Portland Timbers 10 4 5 1 17 18 –1 13
5 Chivas USA 10 3 4 3 21 21 0 12
6 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 10 3 5 2 11 22 –11 11

Source: MLSsoccer.com

Match results[edit]

Schedule[49]

  Win   Draw   Loss

April 8 San Jose 1–2 Vancouver San Jose, California
11:00 PDT Ampaipitakwong Goal 77' Recap Tan Goal 38'
Harris Goal 78'
Stadium: Nutrilite Training Facility
April 22 Vancouver 0–3 Portland Vancouver, British Columbia
15:00 PDT Recap Richards Goal 44'
Songo'o Goal 65'
Dike Goal 89'
Stadium: Swangard Stadium
May 27 Portland 1–2 Vancouver Portland, Oregon
14:00 PDT Palmer Yellow card 38'
Fucito Yellow card 51'
Jean-Baptiste Goal 71'
Recap Franks Goal 18'
Mattocks Goal 28'
Barbara Yellow card 38'
Harvey Yellow card 45'
Knighton Yellow card 90+4'
Stadium: JELD-WEN Field
June 1 Seattle 1–2 Vancouver Tukwila, Washington
18:00 PDT Carrasco Yellow card 36'
Dismuke Goal 81'
Recap Mitchell Goal 26'72' Stadium: Starfire Sports Complex
June 12 Vancouver 1–3 Los Angeles Vancouver, British Columbia
11:00 PDT Nanchoff Yellow card 13'
Alderson Goal 68'
Recap Villareal Goal 47'90+1'
McBean Goal 86'
Stadium: Thunderbird Stadium
July 23 Vancouver 1–3 Chivas USA Vancouver, British Columbia
11:00 PDT Froese Goal 57'
Watson Yellow card 75'
Recap Chavez Yellow card 9'
Akwari Yellow card 19'
Romero Yellow card 37'
Courtois Goal 41'
Gavin Goal 66'
Romero Goal 70'
Stadium: Thunderbird Stadium
August 3 Chivas USA 1–1 Vancouver Carson, California
10:00 PDT Correa Goal 16' Recap Harris Goal 14' (pen.), Yellow card 32'
Klazura Yellow card 23', Watson Yellow card 39'
Stadium: The Home Depot Center
September 10 Vancouver 1–2 San Jose Vancouver, British Columbia
11:00 PDT Harris Goal 21'
Mitchell Yellow card 65'
Recap Fondy Goal 10'
Padilla Yellow card 61'
Morales Goal 75'
Ventura Yellow card 84'
Stadium: Thunderbird Stadium
October 7 Los Angeles v Vancouver Carson, California
11:00 PDT Stadium: To Be Determined

Cascadia Cup[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC debut at BC Place on October 2 against Cascadia rivals and expansion cousins, Portland Timbers.

The Whitecaps have had a long-standing rivalry with the Pacific Northwest clubs Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers, dating back to the 1970s when ancestry clubs of the same name played in the original and now-defunct North American Soccer League. The tri-member tournament will continue in 2012.

The winner is determined through league matches between the sides, and the club with the best record against both sides wins the trophy. The 2012 MLS season will see an unbalanced schedule due to an uneven number of teams with the addition of the Montreal Impact. As a result, the Whitecaps will play three matches each against Portland and Seattle. The odd number of matches means Vancouver will host the Sounders twice and Timbers once while visiting Seattle Portland once and twice respectively. This setup will alternate each year.

Pos Team GP W L D GF GA GD Pts
1 Portland Timbers 6 3 1 2 7 7 0 11
2 Seattle Sounders FC 6 2 1 3 9 5 +4 9
3 Vancouver Whitecaps FC 6 0 3 3 4 8 -4 3

Recognition[edit]

MLS Save of the Week[edit]

Week Player Save Report
2  USA Joe Cannon 32' SOTW
3  USA Joe Cannon 67' SOTW

MLS Team of the Week[edit]

Week Player/Manager Position Report
7 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF MLS Team of the Week: 7
8 South Korea Lee Young-Pyo DF MLS Team of the Week: 8
11 Switzerland Alain Rochat DF MLS Team of the Week: 11
12 United States John Thorrington MF MLS Team of the Week: 12
13–15 Jamaica Darren Mattocks FW MLS Team of the Week: 13–15
France Sébastien Le Toux
Scotland Martin Rennie Coach
18 United States Joe Cannon GK MLS Team of the Week: 18
23 Brazil Camilo MF MLS Team of the Week: 23

MLS All-Stars[edit]

Player Position Note
United States Jay DeMerit DF First XI

Miscellany[edit]

Allocation ranking[edit]

Vancouver is in the No. 11 position in the MLS Allocation Ranking. The allocation ranking is the mechanism used to determine which MLS club has first priority to acquire a U.S. National Team player who signs with MLS after playing abroad, or a former MLS player who returns to the league after having gone to a club abroad for a transfer fee. A ranking can be traded, provided that part of the compensation received in return is another club's ranking.[50]

Vancouver moved to the top position in the allocation ranking after the Montreal Impact exercised their allocation rights to acquire Eddie Johnson. On June 26 the Whitecaps swapped their allocation ranking with the Philadelphia Union, who were in the 12 position, in a trade. Philadelphia then used their allocation ranking to sign Bakary Soumaré.

International roster slots[edit]

Vancouver have 11 MLS International Roster Slots for use in the 2012 season. Each club in Major League Soccer is allocated 8 international roster spots. Vancouver acquired one additional slot from Colorado Rapids in November 2010 and a second slot from Colorado in January 2012. They acquired a third additional slot from Toronto FC in July 2012.

Future draft pick trades[edit]

Future picks acquired:

Future picks traded:

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