Jason Jordan Not ReturningDecember 20, 2008 at 12:08 am | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2008 | Leave a comment
Ok, now I am really depressed. JJ will not play for the Caps in 2009. I have always had a soft spot for JJ because he is one of those few players who can produce moments of magic on the pitch, and we witnessed a lot of them from him over the years. He is a naturally gifted player who had tremendous speed and the ability to turn and beat defenders. Such was his prowess that he was marked by two defenders, sometimes three, a situation he dealt with confidently. He had the ability to run alone up front and to get open, receive the ball, and hold it while the rest of the team caught up.
A couple of years ago he sustained some nasty injuries. He got “turf toe” playing on Portland’s compacted field turf, which kept him out of action for a long time. He also, if I am correct, had fragile ankles, both of which needed to be operated on. He had the tendency to put on weight, but it never really seemed to affect his speed.
Players who are getting a bit older get a bit slower. Because they are slower they take more knocks and get injured. Then they get unfit because they are injured. Then they get injured trying to come back from other injuries. They lose match fitness and look slow on their return. This is the vicious cycle of the older player who is prone to injuries. Poor JJ fell into this cycle this year.
His best year was 2005 in which he won the league MVP, scoring at will.
JJ was very loyal to his team and his family, turning down an offer to join the Colorado Rapids of the MLS to stay with the team.
In the quarter finals against Minnesota this year JJ put the ball through for Justin Moose to score in the 89th minute, demonstrating he still had the touch. That goal turned out to be crucial in getting us through to the semi finals.
When you look at his performance it is hard to think of a player who has played better for the club over the years for both the Caps and the 86ers.
Thanks for the great memories JJ! You will be sorely missed.