Vancouver SunThe Vancouver Whitecaps will join Major League Soccer for the 2011 season, it was confirmed today, in what may be the worst-kept secret in Lower Mainland sports circles.
MLS commissioner Don Garber made the announcement, as the Whitecaps prepare to move from venerable Swangard Stadium in Burnaby to a renovated BC Place Stadium. The venue there is to undergo $365 million worth of improvements before the new MLS team takes to the field, improvements that will include a retractable roof.
"We are thrilled to welcome Vancouver into Major League Soccer for the 2011 season," Garber said. "The ownership team of Greg Kerfoot, Steve Luczo, Jeff Mallett, and Steve Nash love the game and represent a new breed of ownership group. Our new Vancouver team also provides an attractive stadium plan and a market with a rich soccer tradition."
The Whitecaps ownership group consists of Kerfoot, Luczo, Mallett two-time National Basketball Association MVP Nash, whose brother Martin is captain of the United Soccer Leagues First Division champion Whitecaps club.
Kerfoot is the owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC and former CEO of Crystal Decisions Software. Luczo is president, CEO, and chairman of the board for Seagate Technology and part owner of the NBA's Boston Celtics. Mallett is part owner of Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants and is the former president and COO of Yahoo! Nash — a guard for the NBAs Phoenix Suns — is a two-time NBA MVP, and along with Mallett, is an investor in women's professional soccer.
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says a TeBe fan.... oh the irony.ping-pong-alex hat geschrieben:who cares
I tell you what... lets just shut this english language bit and sip beer and suck sausage in the irrelevance of the lower divisions of German football in the hope that someday somebody in the world notices that we exist.
Don't be such an ignorant snob, Alex, because especially as a fan of TeBe and Fulham, it stinks of glass houses and stones as well.
It is actually quite an important event in the history of "soccer" here in Canada and North America and no more irrelevant (considering i will hopefully get to see a game and some TeBe fans have been to Vancouver in the past) than a lot of shite Threads in this forum that you gladly contribute too.
But I guess anything that involves "fucking Yanks" is going to be dissed. What is the big news in the Cuban, Venezuelan or Iranian leagues?
What so ever - just cool down your emos a bit DBA and PPA. I personally like to here about football (I dislike the term soccer) all over the world.
@Norbert and Britney
I dont need to calm down. Alex knows i am in Vancouver and that this might be interesting to me. Just to write "who cares" was a really trashy thing to do so i have every right to be angry. It is really sad that someone who plays an important role in the fan scene is so ignorant and rude like this.
It is shocking that three weeks later, you have still not even written something like "Sorry I did not mean it like that. I was just joking" or tried to contact me via mail or something. You would never react like that if one of our on tour fans in Australia wrote about their local team there..... it's just ignorant.
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