Players

He's One of Our Own....

Welcome to the 1st Team, @alphonsodaviess! We appreciated your contributions to our #Residency, #WFC2, and #VoyageursCup campaigns and now look forward to supporting you in the League! Keep #GivingYourAll on the pitch and we'll always be #GivigOurAll from section 203/204! See you at the ground later today. Until then...

Much Love,

One of the Collective

#HeIsReady #ThatFist #OurSquad #OurClub #SupportIsAlways #WeAreWhoWeAre #CurvaStyle #VanCityTifosi

Top 5 Things We'll Miss About Seba

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

MEZQUIDA!

We sing @nicolas_mezquida /@nico_mezquida's last name to the tune of The Champ's "Tequila". This is another chant born in the mind of ‪#‎VancouverSouthsider‬, Johnny Monster.

Nico did a good job in the limited time he was given in his first ‪#‎MLS‬ campaign. He added a creative spark to the matches he played in. He is one of our players that you feel would have benefited from a longer run in the side. Again, ‪#‎USLPRO‬ should help with this in 2015.

Nico's two goals both came on the road. In June he got our second goal in a 3-3 draw in Philly. In April he started our commendable comeback in Salt Lake. This photo is his celebration of that goal vs. RSL...the only way to celebrate when we are still down...run the ball back to the centre circle. @sebafernandez07 later smashed the equalizer from long range with nearly the final kick of the match.
Off the field, Nico added to the positive chemistry amongst our squad this season. We hope he'll do more of the same next year.

Nico, all the best to you and your family for the off season. We'll see you in January! ‪#‎Gracias‬ ‪#‎FuerteAbrazo‬

Much Love,

One of the Collective

GER-SHON, GER-SHON, KOFFIE, KOFFIE

For @g.28.k / @Gersh28koffie we simply chant:

GER-SHON, GER-SHON,
KOFFIE, KOFFIE

to the tune of Queen's "We Will Rock You". It is a fitting tune for the tough tackling, strong-on-the-ball Ghanaian born midfielder.

The mutual ‪#‎Love‬ & ‪#‎Respect‬ between Gersh and ‪#‎VanCitySupporters‬ goes all the way back to his arrival in 2010. During our Cup run that Fall, Gersh endeared himself to all when he scored his first goal for us in the north end goal at Swangard vs. ‪#‎LowerCa5cadian‬ foes Portland. If you have never seen it before, it came in the opening minute of play and can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB0_G4ZM-YE

It has been great to follow and encourage Gersh's growth as a player over these past 4.5 years. His time in ‪#‎MLS‬ has had it's ups and downs (a few untimely injuries). He loves to be the single holding midfielder, but was also great next to @matiaslaba this season. If we go to a 4-4-2 (Diamond) in 2015, he will also be able to contribute from either the left or right sides of the diamond. It will be interesting to see how that may develop.

Looking back on 2014 it is hard not to think of this as a stand out moment:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0-edckCmI0

It was a great contribution to another victory over ‪#‎Se4tt1e‬ that led to our completing our ‪#‎DriveForFive‬ and kept us as record holders in the ‪#‎Ca5cadiaCup‬.

Gersh, enjoy your time back in ‪#‎Ghana‬. Be safe. We can't wait to ‪#‎GiveOurAll‬ as you do the same for ‪#‎OurClub‬ in 2015.

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. We can't remember who took this photo, but it was during the second half of the ‪#‎ManCity‬ Friendly in 2011. Gersh, after helping our side to 1-0 in the first half, spent 30-40 minutes in the stands with ‪#‎LaDoceVancouver‬. Massimo Cusano (please bring back the trumpet!), @zacharyadammeisenheimer, and others that would become ‪#‎partners‬ in our movement, really appreciated Gersh's supporting with them. He joined us in 203/204 post match after he scored the winner in the 4-0 victory over ‪#‎TheGoats‬ in 2012 and again at ‪#‎FirstKick‬ 2013 when he got the only goal in a 1-0 win vs. TFC. We hope to have him back one day to lead ‪#‎TheHumba‬.

Ethen Sampson

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

Photo by Bob Frid of the Vancouver Whitecaps

After a year or so in our U23/PDL/Reserve side, Ethen Sampson earned an ‪#‎MLS‬ deal in March of 2014. His role in the team was to provide cover at rightback. He had to be patient, but all of his hard work paid off as Robbo trusted him with two starts in matches late in the season.

The Gaffer's confidence in Ethen's ability to play in the first team was based on the progression the player had made through his time in ‪#‎VanCity‬. The tough tackling ‪#‎BafanaBafana‬ Youth International really improved his positional play and decision making as he cemented his transition from being a centre back to playing on the right side of the back 4.

Ethen, we look forward to you pushing for more games in 2015. All the best as you spend the off-season with friends & family!

Much Love,

One of the Collective

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