Thanks

Thanks Beita!

Our song/chant for @stevenbeitashour will now have to be changed to:

BEITASHOUR WAS AWESOME,
BEITASHOUR WAS COOL WHEN HE WAS ON OUR TEAM.
BEITASHOUR WAS AWESOME,
NOW HE PLAYS FOR TFC

All joking aside, we want to thank you Beita for your 2 years of service to ‪#‎OurClub‬. Your presence on our back line helped us progress as a top defensive side in the League. Not only did we allow the fewest goals this season, but you were on the pitch for 21 clean sheets during your time here.

Thanks also for your contributions to our attack. Of your 8 assists there are a few that stand out. Your slide tackle last year away to Salt Lake that led to ‪#‎SebastianFernandez‬' dialling long distance to hit the equalizer at the death was, literally, AWESOME! Then there was your very unselfish pullback to Octavio Rivero in our first away match in Chicago this year, which was our first win of the season and helped us on our way to the best away record in the entire League. Speaking of away victories, your pinpoint cross setting up Kekuta for a brilliant strike in New Jersey in June was perhaps our favourite pass you made in our kit!

We are grateful to you for always ‪#‎GivingYourAll‬ on and off the field while you were here in
‪#‎VanCity‬. Thanks for your openness and always speaking frankly with us. Thank you for helping us lift our very first ‪#‎VoyageursCup‬! We greatly appreciate your willingness to lead ‪#‎TheHumba‬ in our section following the victory over LA in April. We chose you for this match, as we know how much you enjoy beating the Galaxy.

We understand the reasons for your move and we wish you and your family all the best...except when we play you of course. Until we meet again...

Much Love,

One of the Collective

‪#‎SupportIsAlways‬ ‪#‎BeitashourIsAwesome‬

P.S. Thanks to @vancityvilla (@vancouversouthsiders photographer) for capturing this photo of Beita in 203/204 with us.

2015 Reflections: Paolo Tornaghi

We begin our reflections on the 2015 campaign, and especially our squad, by focusing on @70tornaghi. Paolo never played an ‪#‎MLS‬ minute during his 2 yrs in ‪#‎VanCity‬, but he has still made significant contributions to ‪#‎OurClub‬!

Paolo is a consummate professional. He always ‪#‎GaveHisAll‬ in training & was a part of the positive chemistry w/in the team. That might sound like a nice thing to say, but when you spend time w/Paolo, you get to see what a genuine, caring person he is & you realize that all that you have heard rings true.

Paolo's putting the Club ahead of himself was made evident in the days following our April 26, 2014 last gasp draw in Salt Lake. Following ‪#‎SebastianFernandez‬ hitting an equalizer from distance @ the death, all the subs on our bench, entered the field of play to celebrate. The League wanted to suspend all of them. Paolo was accepting of taking all of the punishment & only he got the 1 match ban.

In addition to some Reserve & ‪#‎USL‬ matches, Paolo played in 7 Cup matches for us in 2015. In 4 ‪#‎CCL‬ games, Paolo led us to our first draw & win, in our inaugural campaign in this continental competition.

Of most importance, however, Paolo played in our first 3 ‪#‎VoyageurCup‬ matches. We were sad that you weren't given the chance to start in the 2nd Leg of the Finale, but once again you showed your true character in how you handled it. Thanks for your role in bringing us our very 1st ‪#‎VsCup‬!!! This will forever be a part of the story of our Club!!! ‪#‎Thanks‬ also for leading ‪#‎TheHumba‬ after the dramatic win in ‪#‎YEG‬ & swapping kits w/ our dear friend @jrunn14 & for your support of our movement.

We wish you & @valentina_70_ all our best for what is next in football & life. Know that wherever you end up, we will be following & supporting (except when you play us) from ‪#‎UpperCa5cadia‬. We hope our paths cross again!

‪#‎MilleGraziePaolo‬ ‪#‎SupportIsAlways‬

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Valentina, thx for supporting w/us in our section, @ UBC for ‪#‎WFC2‬ matches, @ our pub for away matches, & for helping display the ‪#‎JuntosLosHaremos‬ banner! ‪#‎YouRAwesome‬

P.P.S. Thx to @residualimage (@aftncanada photographer) for sharing this photo!