After an exhilarating performance in their Major League Soccer (MLS) debut, Vancouver Whitecaps FC have been receiving some increased attention.
For many Whitecaps FC players, being recognized around town is a new experience. “I’ve been here three years and it’s probably happened more in the last week then it has in three years,” noticed goalkeeper Jay Nolly.
The media have picked up on the enthusiasm - Saturday’s match was televised nationally on TSN and was the top story for many prominent Vancouver media outlets. The magic of opening day was particularly exciting for Vancouver-born Terry Dunfield. The midfielder played a key role in the match, scoring the second goal in front of dozens of family and friends.
“The soccer community is quite close-knit in Vancouver and they’ve been crying out for something like this,” said Dunfield. “There are some very knowledgeable soccer fans here and it’s great that at the end of the week, they can now have something to look forward to and watch, and they’re going to see some very talented players come to Vancouver.”