Given that the Vancouver Whitecaps making up a six point and fourteen goal differential over the next two games is a mere formality before the playoffs begin Soccer Shorts can exclusively reveal that the club already has plans to make the 2019 season even better than 2018.
“Not possible!” You scream at your computer screen? Well, take a look at just some of the exciting new initiatives already being prepared for next year.
The Alphonso Davies Man of the Match Award- The Whitecaps recognize that it being impossible for their best player to ever win the Man of the Match award was a slight glitch in the system.
But next season that will no longer be an issue!
For 2019 the Whitecaps have negotiated an exclusive deal with the Provincial Government to designate BC Place an under age drinking area.
That’s right! From 2019 even the kids can enjoy the best sporting atmosphere in Vancouver.
And don’t forget to look out for the new pre-game activities on the Terry Fox Plaza as children of all ages try to compete with a hologram of Alphonso Davies as he downs a stein of German lager in one.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #mykidbeatPhonzie to get your video on the big screen!
Post-Game Counselling Sessions- The Whitecaps organization also recognize that some games this season have raised issues that could affect their supporters on an emotional and psychological level.
That’s why they’ve appointed Naomi Wither-Flanders as the clubs new certified counsellor.
“I just feel it’s important to allow people to speak about what has happened to them” Naomi said in a recent conference call “Sometimes it’s easy to gloss over how people are impacted by having to watch Brek Shea make a tackle or Erik Hurtado control the ball or Efrain Juarez simply playing football. Over time these issues can create a kind of numbness that spills over to their personal lives and hopefully through a mixture of both group and conversion therapy* I can help the fans to reach a level of acceptance”
*Conversion Therapy only available to season ticket holders.
Animatronic Robbo- Worried about the absence of Carl Robinson next season? Worry no more!
The Whitecaps have announced that an animatronic Robbo will be positioned on the edge of the home technical area for the duration of 2019.
Laugh as Animatronic Robbo throws his arms up in disbelief when a decision goes against the Whitecaps. Smile as Animatronic Robbo pats an opposition player on the back when he takes a throw in. Sigh as Animatronic Robbo tries to make a substitution in the sixty-fifth minute of every game.
Animatronic Robbo will also be available to rent for both business and personal functions.
Crowdsourcing Contracts- The Whitecaps have never had an issue in understanding MLS contracts. None.
But how can they make perfection even better?
By involving you!
“It’s really exciting” said Naomi Wither-Flanders the new Head of Soccer Operations “and it’s a real opportunity for us, the professionals, to use the amateurs to help us with our jobs”
That’s right! In 2019 the Whitecaps will allow all season ticket holders to go through every player contract with a fine tooth comb. Will you be the one to spot the clause that gives Cristian Techera tenure at UBC? Should Aaron Maund really be Canada’s Designated Survivor? And who put Yordy Reyna in charge of Translink?
Next season it’s up to you to figure these things out!
The Upper Tier at BC Place will be open- Perhaps the biggest news of all!
“It’s really exciting” said Naomi Wither-Flanders the clubs new marketing executive. “We had hoped that the upper tier would be open by 2025 at the earliest so to have achieved that goal six years ahead of schedule is a fantastic achievement for everybody concerned. Obviously some compromises will need to be made, including closing the whole of the lower tier, but I’m sure everybody will agree that’s a small price to pay for such a huge step forward”
But what about the temporary roof that hides the upper tier during home games? Will that remain in place and, if so, won’t that prevent supporters from seeing the game?
“It will remain in place” Naomi laughed “we just feel that not being able to see the game will improve the whole experience for everybody”
Stay tuned for further announcements during the off-season!