Farewell John ThorringtonDecember 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 1 Comment
Even though the Vancouver Whitecaps finished last in their first MLS season in 2011, I still have a fondness for a lot of the players from that squad. John Thorrington was injured for most of that season, and many of us wondered whether he could have made a difference.
Thorrington played in some 30 games for the Whitecaps in 2011 and 2012 as a central midfielder. It was never clear to me what role he was supposed to be playing however. His lack of offensive output, (only one point, an assist, in 30 games), would suggest he was a defensive midfielder, but wait, that was Gershon Koffie… Perhaps it was his inability to stamp himself with any kind of identity as a midfield player that marked his time here in Vancouver. He was an enigma, and an expensive one at that, with his seniority in the league coming with a heavy price tag. With no real offensive numbers and a high price tag, he had to go.
One thing that did mark Thor was his honesty and his tremendous effort, and this is what I will miss in him. He is small in stature, but never flinched when it came to sacrificing his body in crunching tackles and physical play. He paid the price for that with some nasty injuries. I for one am grateful to this man who gave his all for the Vancouver Whitecaps jersey.
Thor is apparently off to DC United, and I wish him all the best.