As the clock ticks down on the start of the 2015 season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC were hard at work on the turf of BC Place, training in preparation for their Opening Day opponent, Toronto FC. Friends, both old and new, got to take in the preparations as the Caps also hosted their annual Media Day.
Former Captain Jay DeMerit looked on from the touchline and appeared to be in terrific health. While we don't expect to see a comeback from the Green Bay native, even at 35-years old, he looks like he'd do well alongside the current contingent of centre backs.
Celebrity Chef Vikram Vij and BC Place's Executive Chef William Tse provided the food, which of course drew the media in hordes. The story of the day seemed to have been, come for the food, but stay for the footy.
While we were a little disheartened that pie and chips won't be on the menu this year, the fare on display was of the highest quality, and we're certain that there will be something that will appeal to the most discerning of palates.
Robert Earnshaw is still with the club, on trial, but unsigned. The Caps should be announcing his signing any day now. They do have the extra room in the budget, since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement raised the salary cap.
Several members of the Curva Collective were there to set up for the tifo they have planned for tomorrow, and Vancouver Southsiders President Brett Bird brought the Cascadia Cup. While we can't divulge the details, with a little bit of luck, you can expect something very special when the Caps host the Portland Timbers later this month.
It was also nice to see Christian Dean back in training after his recent shoulder injury. Besides Dean, Andre Lewis seems to be the Caps only concern on that front. The rest of the squad were smiling, laughing, and ready to start the season. Given the talent the Whitecaps have at their disposal, could a win by three or four goals be on the cards? At least one player thought so.