Whitecaps FC: Home is where the advantage is?

Whitecaps celebrate a goal on the way to victory over Chicago Fire
Empire Field scoreboard 4 - 2
Hopefully we see more final scores like this next season!

Following a fine home win August 7th against Chicago it was another loss for the Whitecaps FC as they are on the road. With a 3-3-5 record at home but a dismal 0-9-4 on the road it’s obvious home is where the heart is for Vancouver’s Whitecaps. Although Empire Field is only their temporary home while awaiting the completion of BC Place, the fans have turned it into one of the best atmospheres in the league and have become a formidable 12th man.  How much does the atmosphere help the ‘caps, we’ll never know but it’s clear road games are not good for the team’s standings.  Vancouver has one of the furthest travel times but that can’t be the only reason why they can’t seem to break down teams in their home stands.  While this season is far from over, it seems like a forgone conclusion that the Whitecaps will have a hard time moving out of the MLS basement.
What can Vancouver do to improve its standings next season? They’ve fired a coach and hired a new one Martin Rennie of the top ranked NASL Carolina Railhawks to take on the role next season.  More signings will certainly happen but they’ve already changed up the roster, numerous times, to no avail.  Will moving into BC Place in October make a difference? The atmosphere will definitely be different in a venue twice as large but we’ll see what the fans can do to keep the momentum going into next season.  Hopefully a downtown location will only mean more fans coming out to support the team!

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