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Vancouver Whitecaps FC

May 2, 2011

The Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club is the league’s new addition to its Canadian contingent. Opening their first season in a temporary stadium before settling in at B.C. Place, the Whitecaps smoked their Canadian rival, Toronto FC. The team retained a group of players from their lower-division days, but signings such as Eric Hassli and USA defender Jay DeMerit have rounded out an exciting expansion squad for 2011.

Eric Hassli is a big, physical forward who has made waves for several reasons since joining MLS. As Vancouver’s first designated player, Hassli scored the Whitecaps’ first ever goal, a left-footed strike in the club’s opener against Toronto. Hassli was later red-carded in the match. Hassli would be red-carded again in a match against the Revolution after taking his jersey off, revealing another jersey underneath. Hassli already had a yellow card and was sent off. Hassli was suspended for a third time after accumulating five yellows in just five matches.

Vancouver entered MLS play at Empire Field (capacity: 27,528), the team’s temporary field. The club will move permanently to B.C. Place Stadium later in 2011.


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