Whitecaps away camp alienates the fans

February 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2013 | Leave a comment

While I feel a bit off these days because I had to go under the surgeon’s knife, even in my recovery I have found the Vancouver Whitecaps trip to Arizona to be an alienating experience. While all of us fans are suffering through the rain, fog, sleet and cold of the Pacific Northwest, our players are far away, basking in the hot arid climate of Arizona. There is something wrong with this picture.

I understand that part of the preparation for the hot summer season to come must include some hot training, but the buzz of training camp is so far away it is barely palpable. The only journalist of note who is covering the camp is the sycophantic and jovial Perry Solkowski from CTV, who is about as likely to ask a hard question as a French mime. So far he has stuck to “feel good” stories and other “human interest” rubbish. God help us all.

In my view it would be far better for the Whitecaps to do their pre-season training in our city, where we could drop in on pre-season training and friendlies to evaluate the new players we have acquired in the flesh. Watching them in Arizona through a bad feed on my iPad does not cut it. Frankly, it alienates the fans from the team.

Speaking of friendlies, are the Whitecaps going to have one this year? In 2011 it was a thill to have none other than Manchester City return to Vancouver for the first time since the 1980’s. I can only hope that they have something planned for this year, though I won’t hold my breath. I dream of a visit from Boca Juniors. Even River Plate would do!

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