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Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Russell Teibert. Photo: Whitecaps FC

VANCOUVER, B.C. – Whitecaps FC are back on the road, as the team gets set for a pair of matches away from B.C. Place. Vancouver will take on Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, May 18, and then it’s a battle against the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, May 22.

Vancouver is coming off a 1-0 loss to Atlanta United FC on Wednesday night at B.C. Place. At the minute, Whitecaps FC sit 8th in the western conference with a record of 3-6-3, 12-points. Sporting Kansas City remain in 11th position with a 10-points, from a 2-4-4 record. The home side will be looking to snap an eight-match winless streak.

Whitecaps FC are no strangers to long distance travel. Playing on the west coast often means long road trips across the continent. Vancouver has already had three trips into the central and eastern time zones, traveling to Houston, Chicago, and Orlando. That often requires flying commercial with a layover before reaching the final designation.

Over the years, players have developed a flying routine. Some players prefer the window seat, over the aisle, and almost no player wants to be stuck in the dreaded middle seat.

“I love the aisle, so I can get up and go to the bathroom when I feel like it.” Fredy Montero explained.

“I’m an aisle guy,” Jake Nerwinski said. “I like to be able to get out. I like to lean my legs out into the aisle a little bit.”

“If it’s a long trip, I like the aisle,” Russell Teibert revealed. “If it’s quick trip, which we rarely have here in Vancouver, I like the window.”

“My favourite situation is a nice aisle seat, and I sleep as much as possible,” Andy Rose revealed. “Our last plane trip, we were on United, and we had a couple of Premier League games on, which was great. That’s probably the ideal situation. A good sleep, good book, and time to relax.”

“I’m always window seat,” Doneil Henry admitted. “I don’t like to be bothered, I don’t like to be bumped by carts when I’m in the aisle seat. Put me by the window, and I just sleep.”

“Middle, love the middle,” Scott Sutter joked. “I love being crammed in. No, no. Aisle all day, I prefer the aisle, I like to stretch my legs a little bit.”

There are a variety of choices to pass the time away on a long flights. You can try and get some kip, read a book, play cards, listen to music, watch a movie, or talk to your seat mate. Athletes usually like to rest up, relax, and watch a movie.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC players are no different.

“Watch movies, that I can’t watch at home with my kids,” Felipe told reporters at Vancouver International Airport. “I like to be quiet, watch movies, and enjoy myself. Anything on iTunes, and Netflix.”

“Mostly watch films, and see what new films are out,” Sutter said. “I’ve got my iPad, and a good book at the moment.”

“Soccer books, at the moment I’m reading a great book about Barcelona,” Rose explained. “That’s incredibly interesting. I read a lot about different coaches, managers, player autobiographies, all those sorts of things.”

“I try to sleep,” Nerwinski added. “I try to rest as much as I can. When I get a little stiff, I usually do a little walking down the aisle, until a flight attendant will yell at me to sit down. I watch Netflix. Right now I’m watching Designated Survivor, it’s pretty good.”

“Sleep, I like to sleep,” Henry said. “I don’t do anything other than sleep. Sometimes I download a couple of Netflix. I’ve been watching Imposters. I’m on the second season.”

“I don’t sleep, that’s for sure,” Montero revealed. “I get nervous when the plane is shaking, for those two seconds, five seconds. I’m praying about it, because I honestly don’t like it. Most of the time, I watch movies, read books, and talk to my teammates.”

There’s always one individual who is persistent in chatting up his teammates while they’re doing their own thing. If there’s a lengthy travel day ahead for Whitecaps FC, there’s one player that teammates would prefer they don’t sit beside.

“Ali (Adnan), Ali’s annoying.” Henry said.

“Normally I sleep, but Ali (Adnan) has been bothering me on the flights,” Teibert explained. “He likes to take pictures of me. I’ve kind of got to sleep with one eye open, now.”

“Joaquin (Ardaiz).” Nerwinski revealed. “I’ve sat next to him two or three times. He loves the middle (seat), which is a very odd thing. He likes to talk to everybody. If you sit next to him, you’re not going to get much sleep.”

“Yeah, Fredy Montero. He just does not shut-up on the flights,” Sutter laughed. “It’s crazy, he just wants to speak about everything. No, no, he’s great. If I can choose anyone, it would be next to Fredy.”

“Fortunately, we’re all sort of spread out on the plane,” Rose revealed. “I think we do a great job of trying to get away from the middle seats. Usually you’re sat by yourself. A few guys like to play cards together, and what not. For the most part, so far, I haven’t been hassled.”

Whitecaps FC will look to re-group in the friendly skies as they prepare for a week on the road. Vancouver will stay and train in Kansas City following Saturday’s match at Children’s Mercy Park. Vancouver will fly home on Thursday, May 23.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Atlanta United FC on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist

VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps FC were no match for high flying Atlanta United FC. On his 49th birthday, Atlanta coach Frank De Boer’s side earned a 1 – nil victory over Vancouver. Josef Martinez converted from the spot, and Brad Guzan made two saves to earn his MLS leading 6th clean sheet of the season. A paltry crowd of 16,138 was on hand to see Whitecaps FC’s two-match winning streak come to an end.

“I’m very proud of the team,” De Boer said post-match. “It’s a long trip, short period in between those two legs. I think we started off a little bit sloppy. With passes lacking concentration, but after 20 minutes we took the control a little bit. In the second half we were even more concentrated, and at the end I think the best team won. But it was still tense at the end, as it was only 1-0 and we could’ve ended the game a number of times before.”

Atlanta’s five-match winning streak remains in tact as they improve to 6-3-2, 15-points. Coach Marc Dos Santos, Whitecaps FC side slip to 3-6-3, 11-points on the campaign.

“They came with a plan to hit us in transition where they have players that are very dangerous,” Dos Santos said post-match. “They are quick to attack the space. I thought that when we had possession, we spent a lot of time in their half, but couldn’t find any kind of opening. I have to give credit to Atlanta, I think they did a very good job in their defensive organization, it showed as this is their fifth game in a row they did not concede. The disappointing part is that I thought overall the game was equal.”

Brek Shea made his return to Vancouver to take on his former club. He recieved a mixture of cheers and boo’s from fans during player introductions. Shea had a solid performance at left-back, and helped Atlanta steal three points on the road.

“It was good, we got three points,” Shea shared his match thoughts with Har Journalist. “What can we say. I think we started a little slow, but we got the goal in the first half, and we won the game. All is good.”

The visitors opened the scoring in the 29′ minute after Whitecaps FC’s, Lass Bangoura knocked Atlanta’s Pity Martinez to the ground inside the Vancouver box. Referee, Baldomero Toledo was quick in his decision to point to the spot for a penalty.

Josef Martinez stepped up and smashed home the penalty for his team leading 5th goal of the season. Whitecaps FC opponents have converted all seven successful penalties this season.

For the fourth consecutive home match, Whitecaps FC supporters, Curva Collective, and the Southsiders staged a walk out in the 35′ minute. An already quiet B.C. Place, was even more quiet after fans walked out in protest.

Just as Atlanta was pressing for a second goal, Whitecaps FC’s, Max Crepeau has other idea. The Caps was in perfect position to deny Tito Villalba, Crepeau rebounded to stop Eric Remedi after he was setup by Josef Martinez. Pity Martinez followed up with a diving header only to be turned aside by Crepeau’s acrobatics saves.

“You know, it is just ball watch,” Crepeau explained his technique. “First action is the counter attack on the corner kick, Villalba was running at me and I just tried to close the angle well and the second save is just…ah, I don’t even know quite well, I’m just trying…I just remember that I focus one ball at a time, that’s it. I said often when I spoke to you guys but it’s one ball at a time, you focus and I’m happy that I kept the team in the game and give a chance to actually tag and win, but it’s disappointing to get no points right now.”

Vancouver looked absolutely gassed. They just weren’t in the match from the opening whistle. Atlanta United FC had pace, flair, and just enough to earn a road victory. Whitecaps FC will look to bounce back on Saturday, May 18, when they visit Sporting Kansas City.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Max Crepeau, Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Russell Teibert, 69 (Andy Rose), Felipe, 77 (Joaquin Ardaiz), InBeom Hwang; Lass Bangoura, 64 (PC) Fredy Montero(C), Lucas Venuto. 4-3-3

Atlanta United FC Starting XI: Brad Guzan, Brek Shea, Florentin Pogba, Leandro Gonzalez Pirez, Franco Escobar; Jeff Larentowicz, Eric Remedi; Pitty Martinez, 82 (Miles Robinson(; Justin Meram, 63 (Julian Gressel), Tito Villalba, 69 (Dion Pereira) Josef Martinez. 4-2-3-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlanta United FC’s Brek Shea in Vancouver, B.C. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist

VANCOUVER, B.C – Atlanta United FC will visit B.C. Place tonight, to take on Vancouver, and a very familiar face will be looking to take to the pitch against his former team, Whitecaps FC. Brek Shea spent the last two seasons playing for Vancouver before signing with Atlanta as a free agent on December 30, 2018.

Shea made 53 appearances for Whitecaps FC, contributing 7 goals, and 4 assists. As a designated player with Vancouver, Shea earned $745,000 last season. He often drew criticism from fans for his large salary, and player production. Even with those mixed results, Shea is thrilled to be back in Vancouver.

“I’m excited to be back,” Shea told Har Journalist during an exclusive interview. “I like this city. Today is sunny, so I’m excited.”

“I made a lot of good friends here that I played with,” Shea explained. “I liked being in the city, the environment. The connection I made with some of these players, I’ll have throughout the rest of my life. To come back and play your old team, is always fun.”

Whitecaps FC’s Russell Teibert is looking forward to battling Shea tonight. While the two have kept in touch and remain friends off the pitch, once that whistle blows, who knows.

“No matter what, we’re friends,” Teibert said. “I don’t think that changes whether he’s an opponent or not. There’s no enemies with him, and I for sure. It’ll be nice to share the pitch with him again, I enjoyed playing with him as a player and a person, on and off the field. It’ll be nice.”

During training sessions with Vancouver, Shea was often bundled up in a turtle neck, with long joggers, and gloves on, even in May. The rainy west coast weather was not something Shea enjoyed.

Tuesday’s day long downpour of rain was fittingly poetic.

“I know he loves the rain,” Teibert laughed. 

“Yeah, yesterday it didn’t stop raining the entire day,” Shea said. “Obviously we trained in the rain. It’s something I got use to last year, but on game-day, it’s a lot more sunny.”

The 29-year-old, Shea has found himself playing left-back for Atlanta. A position that he occasionally played for Vancouver. If Shea can get forward, he should expect to see Jake Nerwinski at the opposite end.

“He’s definitely a converted full-back,” Nerwinski said. “He likes to be on the wing. The way that they play, he’ll be more of a winger. He likes to get forward. He’s fast, he’s strong, he’s big. I know Brek very well, and I’m excited to play against him.”

“Brek is a good player,” Nerwinski added. “He’s a tall, fast guy. He’s an athletic specimen, as we always use to say. He can make things happen. It’s just whether or not he’s on tomorrow.”

How much is Shea looking forward to playing against Nerwinski?

“Oh yeah, I’m excited,” Shea beamed. “Jake is one of my good friends. I’m excited to see him, I trained against him a lot last year. We’ll see what happens tonight.”

How would Shea describe his former teammate?

“I’d say, a little short, strong, specimen.”

In his first season with Atlanta, Shea has made 10 appearances and started 6 games. Shea and his wife, Carling are glad to be back in the south where the tea is sweet, time moves slow, and it doesn’t rain all that much.

“We like Atlanta a lot, it’s a big city,” Shea said. “A big sports city. It’s in the south, we enjoy the south, we’re both from the south. We’re very much enjoying our time there. When I’m done with my career, we’ll probably be living in Texas or Florida.”

Since moving to Georgia, Shea’s Left Foot Studio art collection has slowed. He hasn’t been able to get back to painting. Shea and Teibert put on a “Controlled Chaos” art show in September for the Ronald McDonald House of British Columbia and Yukon. The show was a huge success and raised $17,000.

“We’ve got some new clothing and stuff like that,” Shea said. “I haven’t been able to do any art. A few players have requested pieces, and I haven’t been able to get them. I’ve been busy with the move, and getting my kids settled into school. I haven’t done any paintings of late.”

While Nerwinski, Teibert, and a persistent Kei Kamara, have a painting from Shea’s, Left Foot Studio. A pair of former Vancouver Whitecaps FC centre-backs are still waiting for their art work.

“Kendall (Waston), and Tim (Parker) are requesting paintings.” Shea revealed.

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Atlanta United FC, (5-3-2, 12-points) will look to extend their four-game winning streak against a Vancouver Whitecaps FC side, (3-5-3, 11-points) that has won two matches in a row. Something’s going to give, and Shea could make the difference.

 

 

 

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Portland Timers FC on Friday, May 10, 2019 at B.C Place. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER, B.C – Vancouver Whitecaps FC have jumped ahead of the pack into a western conference playoff spot after a 1-0 win over Cascadia rival, Portland Timbers FC. Fredy Montero’s third goal of the season was enough to earn all three points in front of a crowd of 18,356 at B.C. Place.

After struggling to find his form, and consistent minutes earlier this season. the 31-year-old, Montero, has now scored in back to back matches. Montero is now locked in and scoring. While some strikers might try and shake up their routine, Montero hasn’t done that.

“No, the same,” Montero explained to Har Journalist, post-match. “I try to work hard, I know my value. I know what I can do to help the team, and I always try to believe in every single training session. I’m honest to myself, and I have a lot of experience. I always try to be focused because there are so many good players on this team. We need to be ready, because we need all the players ready to go, to win games.”

Vancouver is now 2-0-1 in their last three matches at B.C. Place.

Whitecaps FC improve to 3-5-3, (12-points) on the season, and Portland slips to 3-5-2, (11-points). Vancouver now sits momentarily in the 7th western conference playoff spot.

“The first 20 minutes of the team were fantastic in every sense,” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters post-match. “Possession, creating, scoring, mobility in the attack. Then Portland had a little bit more possession. Blanco and Valeri were able to find some pockets between lines and that created a little bit of instability. The game became very broken when we tried to exploit some things in transition. They won the ball, then we lost the second ball, it became broken. The last 10 minutes of the first half, we were able to settle again. In the second half, we knew they would come hard. This was the team that was in the MLS Cup final. They’re a good team and it’s normal when you play good teams that they come at you. We were able to be solid, we were able to show commitment between everybody, and in transition, we had plays that were exciting and could’ve finished with a goal. Overall, I think with what we did in the 90 minutes, we deserve the three points against a very good team coming from three wins in a row so the guys did a very good job.”

Whitecaps FC’s leading scoring was in a philosophical mood post-match.

“It’s always good when we win,” Montero explained. “But it doesn’t mean we are the best team, so that’s why, when sometimes the results are not the best, we also think we aren’t the worst team in the league. We need to keep moving forward, and believing in the process.” 

It didn’t take long for Vancouver to open the scoring. Montero showed his brilliance to control the ball, and volley a striker top corner on Timbers keeper, Steve Clark. Russell Teibert setup Montero, and Vancouver was ahead early in the 9′ minute.

“The goal,” Montero recalled. “I just remember when, Inbeom tried to play the ball to me. One of the Portland defenders touched the ball, and then Rusty (Russell Teibert) with a beautiful assist. I give all the credit to him. With one touch, he gave me the ball, and put me one on one with the goalkeeper. My first touch was from my right, to my left. I shot really hard on the first post. Thank god that was a good goal. I was expecting the ball to go that hard on the goalkeeper, especially with my left foot.”

Whitecaps FC had all sorts of early pressure on the visitors, and could have easily been ahead by a bigger margin. Ali Adnan had a ball sent into the box, that was dangerously headed on to the Timbers crossbar by Bill Tuiloma. Moments later, Adnan was unmarked at the side of the Timbers goal, only to send his effort high above the target.

For the third consecutive Whitecaps FC home match. The supporters groups, Southsiders, and Curva Collective, along with many other fans, walked out of the match, in protest, at the 35′ minute. The visiting Portland Timbers Army also joined the walk out in solidarity.

Portland came out strong to start the second half, and looked to find an equalizer with consistent pressure. Despite dominating the half with 27 shots attempted, and five on target. Vancouver’s defensive structure did not break. Doneil Henry was a force!!

“I thought that we had very good moments,” Portland Coach, Giovanni Savarese explained. “Unfortunately, there were a few times in the first half that they were able to find the space and they capitalized in one opportunity. They defended well, I thought that the guys just worked very hard. I mean, everyone put everything that they could. We had chances, we attacked, we possessed the ball. I thought that we dominated the match, but credit to them, they defended very well and the goalkeeper made some spectacular saves.”

Whitecaps FC’s Max Crepeau, stood on his head, and made several terrific saves to keep Vancouver ahead. Crepeau finished with five saves to earn his third clean sheet of the season. The 25 year-old, Crepeau, gave all the props to his back-line.

“There’s the back-four, man,” Crepeau said of his defence. “They’re really solid. We saw it tonight, we saw it last weekend. It’s always like that, the work ethic of the boys and the mentality. Balls in my area, the other guy is not getting it. The mentality of the boys is fantastic. We need to keep going on this one, because it’s a big part of our game, the defensive aspect.”

It will be a quick turn around for Vancouver as they host former Whitecap, Brek Shea, and Atlanta United FC, on Wednesday, May 15 at B.C. Place.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC Starting XI: Max Crepeau, Ali Adnan, Doneil Henry, Erik Godoy, Jake Nerwinski; Russell Teibert, Jon Erice(C), InBeom Hwang, 65 (Andy Rose); Lass Bangoura, 75 (Brett Levis), Fredy Montero, 87 (Joaquin Ardaiz), Lucas Venuto. 4-3-3

Portland Timbers FC Starting XI: Steve Clark; Zarek Valentin, 83 (Julio Cascante), Bill Tuiloma, Larrys Mabiala, Jorge Moreira, 83 (Lucas Melano); Sebastian Blanco, Diego Chara, Cristhian Paredes, Andres Flores, 73 (Andy Polo); Jeremy Eboisse, Diego Valeri(C). 4-4-2

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Daejeon Citizen FC on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Photo: Whitecaps FC

VANCOUVER, B.C –  Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be taking on Daejeon Citizen FC on Saturday, June 8 in South Korea. Vancouver’s U-23 Development Squad will make the journey to Asia to battle Inbeom Hwang’s former team.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been on-going for quite some time. Contrary to the belief, the match between Vancouver and Daejeon Citizen FC was not included in, Inbeom Hwang’s transfer to Whitecaps FC on January 30, 2019.

“It’s fantastic,” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for many of the younger players we have in the club. It’s an opportunity to also build relationships, and for us to see more players that are in the world.”

“I think we’ve proven that we’re a club that’s open to different types of markets in the world. Maybe to find another InBeom, to create bridges, and contacts. I think it’s fantastic for our club to be going there.”

While U-23 Development Manager, Nick Dasovic is expected to send a youth laden side to South Korea, don’t be surprised to see a few Whitecaps FC first team players sprinkled into Vancouver’s traveling roster.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC won’t play an MLS match between June 1 – June 22. The league will also take a 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup break from June 14 – June 21.

Whitecaps FC’s Andy Rose has played all over the world, but that doesn’t include South Korea.

“It’s definitely on my buck-list, somewhere I’d love to go,” Rose revealed to Har Journalist. “Now knowing InBoem well, it’s something that I’d like to do in the future. It’s incredibly exciting, and we’ve just all been so impressed with him as a guy, player. The attitude, talent, the skill level he brings to our team. We’re so happy to have him here.”

Jake Nerwinski is in his third season with Vancouver. The 24-year-old is all in when it comes to learning about new cultures and gaining a bigger view of the football world.

“I have not been to Korea before,” Nerwinski said. “I think that it’s going to be a great opportunity for guys to go over there and play in a different country. Experience different cultures, and create a different connection between somewhere else.”

There has been a lot made about MLS travel. Players want less commercial flights, and more charters. A trip to Asia will certainly take a toll on an athletes body clock. Given the choice, Rose, and Nerwinski would prefer flying charter.

“We would hope so,” Nerwinski said. “We don’t know how that’s going to play out. Just not four flights.”

“If I had the choice, I think most people would say, yeah,” Rose added.

The match will be played at Daejeon World Cup Stadium, which opened on September 13, 2001. The venue has a capacity of 40,535. It’s about 160 km south of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. KST (3 a.m. PT).

 

 

 

 

 

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC striker, Joaquín Ardaiz at UBC on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist

VANCOUVER, B.C – Joaquín Ardaiz is a bit of a mystery man, the Whitecaps FC striker is in his first MLS season, and he’s yet to make his mark with Vancouver. The 20-year-old, is on a year-long loan from Swiss Super League club FC Chiasso. Ardaiz has all the talent, confidence, and skill-set to be a dangerous goal-scorer, but it’s not quite there yet.

Earlier this season, Ardaiz had his training habits called into question.

“I’ve always promised myself that I would never attack a player outside of the locker room,” Coach Marc Dos Santos explained. “I came out and I said that his training habits were not good. I said, ‘Joaquin, this is what I said publicly. It’s because I really believe in it.’ Then I showed him clips, and I went through things. At the end, he was receptive, and he understood.”

It’s always challenging coming to a new league, in a new city, with a language you’re not familiar with. On top of all those adjustments, Ardaiz was working to get fully healthy.

“The truth is, I was coming in from a small injury, a small strain,” Ardaiz explained to Har Journalist through a club interpreter. “I was just trying to manage myself with that. It was tough, complicated with not having a preseason under my belt. I’m just adjusting to what he’s (Marc Dos Santos) wanting and what he’s asking of me more, and more. Now, I’m just giving the best that I can.”

The Salto, Uruguay native, made an appearance in the first nine Whitecaps FC matches this season. Ardaiz earned his first MLS start on April 5, vs Los Angeles. While he has yet to score, Ardaiz has shown terrific awareness, and an astute ability to attack in transition. His best opportunity to score came on April 12, when hammered the ball from distance, only to see it strike off the Chicago Fire crossbar.

The six-foot one, Ardaiz, did his homework before his loan move to MLS. He knows that MLS is an ever developing league, that’s making big gains across the globe. Ardaiz leaned on players in Italy, who made the move to North America. It hasn’t taken long for him to pick up some nuances that make MLS unique.

“I watched the league previously from Italy,” Ardaiz revealed. “Obviously when Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) came, it gave them (MLS) a higher profile to the league. I think it’s a good league. The style of soccer is a little bit different. There’s some teams that are very technical, tactical. It’s also got some physicality in it as well. There are also some teams that are also unorganized, so you get a little bit of everything. Overall, I think it’s a good league.”

MLS isn’t the only thing that’s had a positive impression on Ardaiz. He’s formed a strong friendship with Whitecaps FC’s, Yordy Reyna. The Caps midfielder has helped Ardaiz settle in to the west coast.

“It wasn’t just Yordy that helped me out,” Ardaiz said. “It was the entire team. I tried to create those friendships, not just with one player, but with everyone. Not just the players that speak Spanish, or Portuguese, but with everyone. I’ve always got along with everyone with clubs I’ve played in. I try to get involved with everyone, but Yordy did help me quite a bit when I first got here. He showed me around the city, and told me the do’s and the don’t’s of the club and everything like that. I’m just trying to continue to learn, grow, improve, and give the best that I can.”

If there is one distinct characteristic with Joaquín Ardaiz, it’s without a doubt his fondness for tattoos. He has more art work than the Louvre. While outsiders may see a big, tough, imposing heavily tattooed forward. Ardaiz is much more than that. He’s a big personalty that’s always enjoying life, and looking to make the best of every situation.

“I definitely like to try and bring that attitude to the dressing room,” Ardaiz explained. “Show the players that you can be happy even if you’re not playing. If you’re playing, that’s obviously going to make you the happiest, but even if you’re not, and you’re still coming in, turning on the music first thing, trying to lighten the mood. Showing the other players you’re still in a good mindset, with a good head on your shoulders even when you’re not being called. That’s something that I learned when I was playing in Uruguay.”

His love for tattoos started off with a sentimental purpose, but then it just took on a life of it’s own.

“At first I just started with my parents names on my arms,” Ardaiz said, pointing to his parents names. “When you get one, or two, you want to get three or four. Then I started liking it more, and more. I saw teammates that had other ones as well. Before I knew it, I just started having them all over my body.”

Joaquín Ardaiz, and Vancouver Whitecaps FC (2-5-3, 9-points) will look for their first winning streak of the season when they host Cascadia rival, Portland Timbers FC (3-5-1, 10-points) on Friday, May 10, at B.C. Place.

 

 

 

 

VANCOUVER, B.C – Please visit Daily Hive for my feature on former Whitecaps FC striker, Kei Kamara.

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