Before the beginning of the 2013 MLS season I asked myself, “what do I expect from the Whitecaps 2013 season”? With the memories of the 2012 season and the expectations created in the offseason, I decided that I would be happy and consider their season a success if they hosted a playoff game at BC Place and if they qualified for the CONCACAF Champions League.
Well, the Blue and White fell short in their attempt to achieve a ticket for the CCL in a heartbreaking aggregate tie with the Montreal Impact. So that goal was off of the table. After that the Whitecaps went on a recent run that saw them winning seven out of ten that had the boys fighting for second position in the competitive western conference.
The tide turned one more time and they have gone on a different kind of run that has seen them come out with three points just once in the last seven matches, dropping to seventh place and seriously jeopardizing their chances to make the playoffs and the second criteria in my 2013 success chart.
There is, however, a silver lining. The Whitecaps are second in the Cascadia Cup standings after four games, only two points behind Seattle with one game against each of their rivals to go. Just like with their playoff aspirations, if the boys take care of business and with the help of a combination of results, they can still turn the outlook of this season around. More importantly, the Whitecaps are not even in the worst slump of the season. Between March 23 and May 18, the Blue and White won only one out of nine before getting red hot. In a tight Western Conference, being currently five points out of playoff contention is not as dramatic as it may seem. It is not ideal but it is still doable.
So, let’s not throw the towel and pass judgement just yet, Whitecaps fans. The next couple of games will provide us with hope or doom and only then we can start cheering or pointing fingers and demand for heads to roll (don’t worry, I will lead the charge, I have my pithfork ready) but as of now, we must (maybe naively) hold on and believe – even if it is for just a little longer.
Hopefully this will not be a long offseason.