First of all, apologies for the lack of updates in the blog this past month. World Cup saturation, work and my AFTN Daily Football Blog have had most of my spare time the last few weeks. Normal service will now be restored however.
Normal service will also now be restored for Whitecaps fans as we get to see our team in the flesh once again tonight, following a gruelling, but largely successful, unbeaten five game road trip in the past 22 days.
It’s been 30 days since the Caps took to the pitch at Swangard and in that time they’ve racked up nine points and consolidated their position at the top of the USSF NASL conference.
It’s good to have them home though.
In fact they’re going to be home for four games and then face another five game road trip in the farcical fixture list that is the second division in this continent.
That’s certainly one thing that I’m looking forward to come MLS time. A more balanced fixture list, with some semblance of professionalism to it. The last couple of years have been a joke, with such long road trips and the amount of games played within days of each other.
What’s been really disappointing about the Caps being away from home for so long is that they have been unable to cash in on the World Cup fervour in the city. Whilst Commerical Drive and the various unofficial houses have been enjoying football action, the Caps have missed out in bringing some of these fans along to watch some live football in their home city. Shame.
Still, we in the Southside will have one last World Cup hurrah.
Before the game tonight we’ll be having a “World Cup Day In The Southside” tailgate, where, for one game only, you’re encouraged to do away with your Whitecaps strip and turn up wearing the colours of your national team, whether that be Canada, Scotland, Spain or Fiji.
The tailgate kicks off at 5.30pm in Central Park, at the southeast corner of Swangard Stadium. There will be smokies for $4 and a pop, chips and smokie combo for $6. It’s going to be a scorcher, so hope to see you there.
C’mon the Caps.