After a seemingly never-ending offseason, the curtain finally came up on the 2015 MLS season this week with fans across North America flocking to support their favourite teams.
What did the media make of the action on and off the field? Here’s a selection of press reports covering the ‘Caps and the rest of MLS.
New Boys - An amazing 62,510 fans crammed inside the Citrus Bowl on Sunday to see MLS newboys Orlando City SC and New York City FC go toe-to-toe for the first time. There was no shortage of incident in the match, which suitably ended with a dramatic stoppage time equalizer from Brazilian midfielder Kaka.
Cascadia - The ‘Caps Cascadia rivals both made positive starts to their seasons with Seattle Sounders FC securing a 3-0 win over New England Revolution and the Timbers landing a 0-0 draw with RSL.
Armchair Analyst – Clean sheets, tactical innovation and iconic images were all rounded up by the league’s analysts.
TSN – Jason deVos highlights some positives for Whitecaps FC fans as he rounds up five takeaways from Saturday’s defeat to Toronto FC.
Metro News – “…the first game is not indicative of the rest of the season to come” stated Ryan Lehal in the Metro.
The Province – Mark Weber zeroed in on what was undoubtedly a memorable night for Whitecaps FC striker Octavio Rivero.
Vancouver Sun – The Sun’s Russell Berrisford looked back to last season’s curtain raisers for some perspective. “Last season Toronto beat Seattle in Seattle in the opening game of the season and everybody assumed it was a sign of things to come as TFC’s new Designated Player (Jermaine Defoe in this particular case) was the difference maker. Instead Toronto went on to carry being Toronto and Seattle went on the win the Supporters’ Shield, so anything we take from Saturday’s game should be viewed through the prism of that reality.”