I will be taking over for Aaron Campbell this week for this edition of Whitecaps Wednesday Weekly.
The Cascadia Cup is a competition that involves the Whitecaps, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers. It began back in 2004 and was won by Vancouver in its first two years of existence. The Cascadia Cup was created by supporters groups of the Caps, Timbers and Sounders and is awarded to the best MLS club in the Pacific Northwest. Each of the three clubs have won the competition 3 times and the current reigning champions are the Portland Timbers (who have won the Cup 3 out of the last 4 years).
The Whitecaps and the Cascadia Cup
The Cascadia Cup is the Whitecaps’ most legitimate shot at a piece of silverware this season. So far they are in last place although they will be taking part in the next two Cascadia matches on the schedule. If the Caps manage to pull out a victory or two from those matches they will move up into first place. Their next Cascadian game will be at BC Place against the Seattle Sounders next Saturday.
Fact of the matter is that the Whitecaps are winless since 2009 in the competition. They have not achieved a point total greater than 3 in four and a half years and counting.
Since 2009, the Caps have played 19 Cascadia Cup matches, including the two matches from this year. In those 19 games, Vancouver has only managed to get 10 points out of a possible 57, extremely poor numbers for a club like Whitecaps FC. Another extremely disappointing stat is the Caps’ goals for and goals against numbers in Cascadia Cup games. Over the course of those 19 games, the Whitecaps have scored only 17 goals, with a goals per game average of 0.89. Their goals against stat on the other hand is a different story. The Caps have conceded 30 times since the 2009 competition, giving them a goals against per game average of 1.58.
This Year’s Competition
The Whitecaps will have an extremely difficult time in their upcoming Cascadian games this season. This is because both the Sounders and especially the Timbers are having great seasons so far. Also, looking at the Caps’ history in the competition, the numbers are not too friendly either. Vancouver must not lose its form that it has been in recently or they will have no chance at the Cup.
Their two upcoming Cascadia Cup matches against the Sounders (July 6th, BC Place) and the Timbers (August 3rd, Jeld-Wen Field) will be crucial in their chances of winning the cup this year. Here are the current standings:
Let us know what you think of the Whitecaps and the Cascadia Cup. Share your opinions in the comment section below and on twitter @WhitecapsXI.