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US Tour 2011: Whitecaps' season so far

  • 10 June 2011 12:40
  • Posted by David Clayton

Vancouver Whitecaps’ first season in Major League Soccer has been disappointing to say the least.

Under the tutelage of Head Coach Teitur Thordarson, the Whitecaps began with an opening day 4-2 home victory against Toronto FC - but have failed to win another league game since.

As a result, the team currently sit bottom of the Western Conference, six points behind San Jose Earthquakes and 20 points adrift of leaders LA Galaxy.

As a result, Thordarson was replaced in June by the club’s former Director of Operations Tom Soehn in a bid to turn around the club’s fortunes in their debut MLS season.

Soehn was previously been in charge of DC United and ‘The Caps’ fans are hoping the new coach can help turn their season around over the next few months.

Fortunately, the MLS season runs through until October and the campaign is barely halfway through, but with just one MLS win from 14 games, Soehn needs to conjure a winning formula quickly.

If only the Whitecaps could have turned a few of their seven drawn matches into victories they would be in a much healthier position.

The Canadians strengthened their side for their debut MLS campaign by introducing several new faces onto their roster including one name that will be familiar to City fans.

Terry Dunfield joined in December 2010 and the Canada-born midfielder will be relishing the prospect of facing his former employers on 18 July.

The 29-year-old spent four years with City’s Academy and made just one first team appearance on the final day of the 2000/01 season before leaving Maine Road and enjoying spells with Bury, Macclesfield and Shrewsbury Town.

Other new arrivals included French striker Eric Hassli signed from FC Zurich, along with midfielders Russell Teibert, Alexandre Morfaw, defender Michael Boxall and 22-year-old Brazilian striker Camilo Sanvezzo – currently Vancouver’s top scorer with four goals.

US Tour 2011:

July 16: Club America v City, AT&T Park, San Francisco

July 18: Vancouver Whitecaps v City, Empire Field, Vancouver

July 24: LA Galaxy  v City, Home Depot Stadium, Los Angeles

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