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Time for Whitecaps to win some silverware 0

By Tyler Green, 24 hours Vancouver, soccer columnist

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Nicolas Mezquida (29) controls the ball against Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry (15) during the second half of the second game of the Canadian Championship semi finals at BC Place, May 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Nicolas Mezquida (29) controls the ball against Toronto FC defender Doneil Henry (15) during the second half of the second game of the Canadian Championship semi finals at BC Place, May 14, 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Photo: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC will have played a third of their season following the conclusion of Saturday’s match against Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders FC. Leading into the match, here’s the Whitecaps edition of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

The Good:

So far the Whitecaps have gotten off to a fairly solid start. Many weren’t sure how this team would do when most of the players seemed to be introducing themselves to one another leading up to the season opener.

The Whitecaps have 16 points through 10 matches (4W-2L-4T), and could arguably be getting better as the team gets to know one another and develops further chemistry under first-year head coach Carl Robinson.

Vancouver also currently tops the other two Canadian Major League Soccer teams in the standings for the all-important spot as the Canadian team in the CONCACAF Champions League during 2015 season.

Things are currently looking good for the team, and barring major injuries, should only get better throughout the rest of the season.

The Bad:

While the Whitecaps have a shot at claiming a spot in next years’ Champions League, they once against lost in the Amway Canadian Championship. Throughout the competition’s history, which began in 2008, Vancouver has failed to lift the trophy.

This year, the Whitecaps played a group of relatively youthful and untested prospects and came close to advancing to the finals against the Montreal Impact. Unfortunately, the loss came yet again to a franchise desperately trying to find silverware in that tournament.

While the 37-year-old coach is claiming a moral victory for his squad, this franchise needs to eventually start winning trophies. Close isn’t going to cut it for long.

The Ugly:

The Camilo saga just won’t go away. The 25-year-old forward bolted Vancouver on terrible terms, leaving the club and fans with a bitter taste in their collective mouths.

Rumours have circulated since his departure about a possible return, and ramped up against last week before Camilo’s Brazilian agent Lucas Teixeira posted a statement saying his client would not be returning to Vancouver.

In this crazy story, the ‘Caps are open to a possible return for Camilo, but it could also be an unfortunate distraction that derails the team.

With 24 MLS matches remaining in 2014, there are still plenty of stories left to play out.

 

 

 

 

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