Vancouver Supporters Issue Statement

Vancouver Supporters Issue Statement

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On September 4, 2008
  • Expansion Hopefuls, MLS Expansion, Vancouver, Vancouver Expansion, Vancouver Whitecaps

Trying not to be outdone by their rivals to the south, the supporters of the USL-1 Vancouver Whitecaps have issued a press release this morning in regards to a promotion they are going to be putting on at an upcoming game.

They want their fans to come out in full support and will be issuing “MLS rally cards” that will include instructions on how to help the city land the expansion bid for 2011 in MLS.

“This Sunday at 7:00 p.m., the Whitecaps host Minnesota Thunder at Swangard Stadium and are encouraging all soccer fans, and everyone who wants to bring more major league sports to the Lower Mainland, to play a role in helping the club secure an MLS franchise for Vancouver.

“Everyone who attends the match this Sunday will receive an MLS rally card with instructions for their participation during the match. Video and audio recordings of the fans will become part of the official Whitecaps MLS bid submission. In addition, fans are also encouraged to sign up online at to show their support.”

Sounds like a neat idea but I still think they may be a bit off the pace in regards to a couple other bids out there right now. But money speaks to leagues like MLS and if they do indeed have some good financial backing they could easily move ahead of some other cities out there.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see the other two USL cities (Portland and Montreal) try to do a similar type of promotion to get their fans more interested in the expansion process here in the coming weeks as the MLS deadline of October 15 looms near by.