MLS crest Excitement Continues To Build

Not long now. In fact, at the time of writing this we’re around nine hours away from finding out what the new Vancouver MLS team name and logo will be.

The name has been a closely guarded secret. The Club have said that the Whitecaps name will not be disappearing but that isn’t to say it’s going to be in the official team name.

Will we see just a plain Vancouver FC, known by a “Whitecaps” nickname? Or will we still have Whitecaps FC or Vancouver Whitecaps FC to build into our songs? I personally may be in the minority here, but I’d really have no objection at all to going down the first route.

If the name has been shrouded in secrecy then that’s nothing compared to the new team logo, colours, strip and sponsor!

The new team logo is the big deal tomorrow though and I can’t wait!

As a sucker for things like this (sad anorak if you wish), the chance to be there at the unveiling is pretty exciting. I have no idea what to expect. All we’ve been told at the MLS one year countdown event is to expect something that will capture Vancouver and be fresh and exciting.

I’m personally hoping for some kind of design inside a heraldic shield and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the famous lions somewhere in there (the mountain variety, not the CFL team that is).

The Club are unveiling their new logo at 8.30 on Tuesday morning – which you can watch live online at vancouvermls2011.com/announcement.

To celebrate this historic day, the Southsiders will be hosting our very own special event later in the evening at Cinema Public House at 901 Granville Street, starting at 7.30pm.

The event will formally kick off our MLS membership campaign and will be Vancouver’s first-ever opportunity for fans to purchase Vancouver MLS merchandise featuring the new logo. Items for sale will include team scarves, T-shirts, hoodies and other apparel.

Also on hand for the evening:

– a Q & A session with Whitecaps FC CEO Paul Barber. Paul, as most of us will know, is the former executive director of Tottenham Hotspur and former director of marketing and communications at the English Football Association. His transfer to Vancouver sparked international headlines, and he will be answering questions about his plans to turn the Caps into a globally recognized and respected soccer club

– a few words from Whitecaps head coach Teitur Thordarson. The Icelandic tactician will share his thoughts on how supporters groups like the Southsiders actually do make a difference for the players on the pitch. Many Whitecaps players will also be in attendance

– a presentation of some cheeky viral videos courtesy of the Vancouver Southsiders

– the Southsiders will be holding a raffle for a massive pile of prizes, including Vancouver MLS-branded merchandise and tickets for the special Whitecaps bus trip to watch the Seattle Sounders play DC United at Qwest Field on June 10

So don’t miss out on all the fun. Come one, come all and if you’ve wondered what we’re all about and/or just want information on how to join us, then this is a wonderful event to come and see first hand.

One more sleep!

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Authored by: Michael McColl

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