'Caps Ink: Mitch Piraux

The contents of a tattoo say a lot about the individual wearing it. Not only are they an expression of art, they’re an expression of a person’s character and values, which explains the rationale behind ‘Caps Ink – a new series that brings you closer to your favourite Whitecaps FC, and WFC2, stars.

“Don’t let good get in the way of greatness.”

That’s a quote Mitch Piraux’s dad told him when he was a young kid and it’s always stuck with him. Certainly, it’s been on his mind the last year or so.

Piraux, 20, signed his first professional contract with WFC2 last season and appeared in seven of the team’s first eight matches. Things were looking promising. Then, the Calgary native suffered a season-ending ankle injury in training that kept him out of game action until last Wednesday, when he made his return in a preseason match against the FVSL All-Stars.

“I decided to get it on my forearm so if anything is going wrong, I can always look at it for motivation,” said Piraux, who got the tattoo when he first joined the Whitecaps FC Residency program in 2011. “It just helps me push forward.”

Before every game, Piraux looks down at his tattoo and kisses it. Hopefully, he’ll have many more opportunities to do so in 2016. 

WFC2 open the 2016 USL season on Saturday, March 26 against Orange County Blues FC, before hosting their home opener on Sunday, April 10 at Thunderbird Stadium against Sacramento Republic FC. Ticket information is available at whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/wfc2tickets.

This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. More information on how to select your WFC2 matches will be sent out with your Tier 1 MLS membership packages.

For more information, contact wfc2@whitecapsfc.com or call 604-484-7862.