Goodbye

Happy Birthday Ethen!

Happy belated 22nd Birthday to @ethensampson27! We hope you had an amazing day! With your option being declined for 2016, we also wanted to thank you for your time at #OurClub over the past four years or so. It has been good to see you grow as a player, especially as you transitioned from centreback to rightback. We have fond memories of your strong tackles...keep it up!

We also wanted to thank you for leading #TheHumba after the #WFC2 victory vs. Arizona United at the end of May at Thunderbird! All the best to you for what is next in your footballing journey!

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. This is a @bobfridimages (@whitecapsfc Photographer) photo.
 

Thanks Diego!

On this festive occasion we want to express our thanks to #DiegoMartínRodríguez for the season he spent at #OurClub. We know that things didn't work out as we all had hope and that injury, in particular, played a big role in that. However, there were a number of moments that stand out when we look back on your contributions to the 2015 campaign.

Thank you for helping us keep a clean sheet and gain a 1-0 away victory in the den of the #OrlandoCityThieves. We know you got a ban after this match for your...contact...on Aurélien Collin, but there are plenty of players (and supporters) that felt that it was worth it.

Thanks also for your help in another 1-0 win, this time it was in our very first #CONCACAFChampionsLeague win vs. #CDOlimpia at #BCPlace. #MuchasGracias for leading a celebratory #Humba in our section after this match!

All the best for what is next in your career. Know that we'll be keeping an eye out for your progress in the future.

#FuerzaCharrua #FuerzaAbrazo #SupportIsAlways

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Thanks to @vancityvilla (@vancouversouthsiders photographer) for this photo of Diego following that #CCL win.

Top 5 Things We'll Miss About Seba

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Fairwell Aminu Abdallah

Photo by Christopher Vose

Photo by Christopher Vose

This season another player we said goodbye to was @concious_man. Aminu Abdallah came to ‪#‎OurClub‬ from ‪#‎Ghana‬, following in the footsteps of @g.28.k. The towering, tough tackling, left-footed central midfielder was never able to break into the side. After a loan spell in Charleston he was waived.

Aminu, we wish things had gone better for you here in ‪#‎VanCity‬! We'll always remember your 360 roulette in ‪#‎PDX‬ during that Reserve match. All the best for the future!

Much Love,

One of the Collective

Thanks Carlyle

Photo by Christopher Vose

Photo by Christopher Vose

10 days ago it was announced that @deonmitchell19 would not be returning to ‪#‎VanCity‬. His contract was done and we failed to reach terms with him on a new deal. Carlyle Mitchell was joined by a handle of others as being the few players that have been a part of our ‪#‎MLS‬ journey for parts of all 4 years (Omar & Jay are also gone, which leaves us just Rusty, Gersh, and Jordan).

Mitch, we'll miss your aerial dominance, your threat from set pieces, and your long, fast stride that enabled you to recover quickly. We'll never forgot your nutmeg headed goal vs. The Goats! We also remember fondly that your 3 goals in the Reserves all came against ‪#‎Se4tt1e‬! Most importantly we'll always be thankful for the way you embraced the supporters in our city!

This photo was taken by Christopher Vose just before Mitch led us in ‪#‎TheLambada‬ after he set up one of the goals in ‪#‎OurClub‬'s 4-3 victory over New England in June of 2013. ‪#‎ManyThanks‬, ‪#‎Respect‬, & ‪#‎MuchLove‬ for what's up next in your career...we'll be following from afar.

Much Love,

One of the Collective

Goodbye Bryce, and Good Luck

That time of the season has started...when we start to part ways w/players by not coming to terms w/them on a new deal, not taking up their option, waiving them, releasing them, leaving them exposed in the expansion draft, etc.

The 1st announcement has been made & today we'll focus on half of it. #OurClub has decided to not pick up the option on @brycealderson1's contract. It was the final option year on the deal. He can be claimed on waivers by another #MLS side in the Dec 10 Waiver Draft.

For many this is simply a player who was only played in 2 Voyageurs' Cup matches being let go. Bryce's story is so much deeper than that.

He came to #VanCity w/high hopes & supporters here had great expectations for him as they began to witness his skills & leadership abilities at Residency matches. 2010-12 saw Bryce help the U18s & PDL play some quality football & achieve many good results (including being U18 runners' up in 2012). Bryce's vision for the game, his quality passing range, & ability to play a key role in transition were all on display. He usually found himself as 1 of the "2" in a 4-2-3-1. From there he often conducted & controlled the offense.

Bryce's dominance @ the U18 & PDL levels got him an MLS GA/HG deal. There was great anticipation on how Bryce would continue to develop his game. This is where the frustration comes in.

Bryce was not able to crack the MLS side &, aside from a few Reserve matches & a loan spell @ Charleston, it appears to have inhibited his growth as a player.

Having a local USL Pro side is what might have been the missing link for such a talented player...we'll never know. However, we are excited that this is the direction our Club is going in. Sadly it is far too late for Bryce. He wanted to go somewhere he would play & ultimately we believe Robbo is the 1 that has done what is best for Bryce's future in allowing him to leave.

Bryce, you know we wish you well. We look forward to what is next. Those in our movement who are also a part of #TheVoyageurs can't wait to see what part you'll play for the #CMNT in the years ahead.

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Mass & Zach w/Bryce @ media day - March 2012