March 18, 2009 was the day Don Garber announced the Vancouver Whitecaps would be the 17th team in the MLS. It has been mixture of highs and lows since then. Well Vancouver has had a rich history before they joined the MLS, I wanted to look at the Top 5 players in the MLS era:
Let’s begin with…
5.) Joe Cannon, Goalkeeper
He has been a staple in goal for Vancouver since they joined the MLS. Other than an injury in 2011 and losing the job to Knighton for the last 8 games in 2012, Cannon has been the man. His MLS résumé is second to none for goalkeepers. There has been times where fans have called for him to be benched during his time in Vancouver. One thing you can’t say is that he doesn’t give a full 100% effort each and every game. At 38 years of age, this may be his last season in Vancouver but it probably wont be his last season playing professional soccer.
Whitecaps Career Stats: 51GP – 4,527MINS – 14W – 24L – 12D – 12CS
4.) Jay DeMerit, Defender
Jay bleeds the blue and white. Since becoming the Caps’ first ever MLS signing, he has been the face of the franchise. He hasn’t had the best luck in terms of staying healthy but he is the true leader that the other players look up to. His aggressive play makes him a fan favourite and hated by other teams. At 33 years old, he still has a few more good years left in him if he can get healthy and stay that way moving forward.
Whitecaps Career Stats: 42GP – 4,403MINS – 1G – 1A
3.) Eric Hassli, Striker
From day one in Vancouver, he had the extra pressure being the clubs first ever designated player. His highlight reel goals made him a fan favorite from his first game and his two goals against TFC made everyone a believer. He had his moments that frustrated fans with him giving up on plays that didn’t go his way and his silly, unnecessary fouls. All that aside, he was a physical striker that showed numerous flashes of brilliance.
Whitecaps Career Stats: 44GP- 2,762MINS – 12G – 5A
2.) Gershon Koffie, Midfielder
Gershon has been the best move made by the Vancouver Whitecaps. His athleticism, age and talent makes him possibly the most prized Caps player of all time. There has been lots of talk about the Caps possibly moving Koffie in the future for a hefty price tag. His recent move to make himself a permanent Canadian resident has shown fans that he loves it in Vancouver and wants to stay. His play with the Caps has opened up a transfer relationship with Ghanaian players that will benefit the club for years to come.
Whitecaps Career Stats: 63GP – 5,308MINS – 5G – 2A
1.) Davide Chiumiento, Midfielder
Davide is by far the most exciting and skilled player to every wear a Caps jersey in the MLS era. I have talked to multiple Caps players, all of which have told me that Davide is the most skilled player they have ever played with. When he was sold to FC Zurich, it frustrated a lot of fans and players. His ability to set up players from anywhere on the field made him a favourite among all the Caps’ players. He is still loved by so many Whitecaps fans that when he had dinner with Martin Rennie in the off-season, rumours started about a possible move back to Vancouver.
Whitecaps Career Stats: 42GP – 2,350MINS – 2G – 14A
Let me know what you think about these five players, share your opinions and have your say about if any particular player should be included or left out. Contact me on twitter and in the comments section and tell me what you think.