The “Vancouver Whitecaps FC” is a professional American soccer club situated in Vancouver, British Columbia. The club competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) and is the 17th franchise in the league. Historically, the club’s most notable and heated rivalries are the Toronto FC, Montreal Impact, Seattle Sounders FC and the Portland Timbers.
Established in the year 2009, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC was aired by commissioner Don Garber as the 17th franchise of the Major League Soccer (MLS), dated March 18, 2009. Upon the awarding of the franchise to the city of Vancouver, no name was provided and after a year, the Whitecaps confirmed that they would keep the ‘Whitecaps’ as their official club name.
The club had recruited outstanding talents around the world in preparation for their 2009 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. One of the most well-known individuals Paul Garber was hired as the club’s newest Chief Executive Officer. Along with Paul Garber’s arrival was also the arrival of Tom Soehn, who acted as the club’s newest Director for Operations.
The first head coach of the Whitecaps was Richard Grootscholyen, who also acted as the club’s technical director of the residency program. On September 2, 2010, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed Teitur Thordarson as their on-field head coach for the 2010 inaugural Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Unfortunately, Thordarson was fired from his position on May 30, 2011 after the club obtained only one victory out of their 12 matches in the season. The club’s director Tom Soehn temporarily replaced Thordarson to continue the soccer operations.
On March 19, 2011, the Vancouver Whitecaps started to play in the 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) season against the Toronto FC, with a winning record of 4-2. In addition, the club’s first goal was scored by the club’s prominent goalkeeper Eric Hassli.
After winning the 2011 MLS season, the club struggled and did not secure another MLS victory in the following games, with six draws and 5 losses. During the last minute of the season, the club finished a tie record of 1-1 against the New York Red Bulls. After Thordarson had been fired and was temporarily replaced by Tom Soehn, Martin Rennie was officially announced as the club’s permanent head coach on August 9, 2011, who officially coached the club on November 3 of the same year.
After struggling in the previous seasons, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC had finally felt success after winning 2012 Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, where they had swept off the rival team Toronto FC with a winning record of 1-0. On October 2014, the club had another achievement after being qualified for the 2015-2016 CONCACAF Champions League for the first time in their Major League Soccer (MLS) history.
The club plays its home games at the BC Place base in Vancouver, where they share it with BC Lions of the Canadian Football League (CFL). The BC Place is a 55,000-seat multi-purpose stadium intentionally designed for both the MLS soccer teams and CFL clubs. The club’s largest fan base is known as the “Southsiders”, which started to exist in the year 1999.