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VANCOUVER, B.C – It was Saturday, November 26, 2016, when Andy Rose had his entire world forever changed. He was playing across the pond in England for League One side, Coventry City.

“It was about the 70′ minute against MK Dons that all of a sudden, both my legs completely cramped up. My calves, quads, everything just kind of went at the same time, and I had to come off. At that point, I knew something was going on with my body.

I went for blood tests a couple of days later. It was kind of like a bomb just dropping on you. You’re whole world completely changes. It’s a very serious condition.” Rose revealed.

Type 1 diabetes.ย That was the diagnosis given to a healthy 26-year-old, Andy Rose.

Leading up to Coventry City’s match vs MK Dons, Rose had been feeling quite lethargic, and tired. He ignored his symptoms and took to the internet to google what could be causing his drop in energy.

While he was in the doctors office a flood of questions, and thoughts circle his mind.

What did this mean?

Could he still play football?

How would this impact his daily life?

“I liken it to, you’re kind of driving an automatic car your whole life, and then one day somebody tells you, that you have to learn how to drive a stick, and that’s your life. Obviously an awful lot changes in that time, and you have to adapt.” Rose explained.

The Melbourne, Australia native, knew right away that he wanted to continue playing as a professional footballer. Rose had to learn how to do that while living with diabetes.

He decided to reach out to a friend on Seattle Sounders FC, who knew first hand what it’s like to live your life with Type 1 diabetes, and still be able to compete as a footballer.

“I know Jordan Morris very well,” Rose explained. “I was close friends with his father from my time in Seattle. He was one of my first phone calls to figure out how to deal with this, and keep going with my career. Those two, were fantastic resources, and continue to be. That’s kind of how it all happened.”

Rose met with a lot of different doctors, and experts. One of the closest connections he made was with his sister-in-law who was diagnosed with diabetes at an early age. Rose wanted to take in and learn as much as he could about his condition. All in all, Rose ended up missing a week of action. He was back on the pitch quicker than most.

Rose is proof that you can still be a professional athlete and live with diabetes. He treats his condition like a whole other job. It’s taken time for him to get comfortable with his new life, but he’s learned to live and excel. Thanks to the help of modern technology, Rose is able to check on his blood sugar levels right away, whenever he needs to.

“I’m constantly checking,” Rose said. “I wear a blood glucose monitor on my (right) arm. It’s called a Freestyle Libre. It’s linked up to an app on my phone. Instead of having to prick my fingers, 15 – 20 times a day. I can scan it on my phone, and it tells me what my blood sugar is. It’s life changing, it makes it so easy.

A lot of diabetics wear insulin pumps,” Rose continued. “While I’m playing I’ve chosen not to use that. I’ve chosen to use insulin pens. I’m constantly checking my blood sugar.

First thing in the morning, I give myself insulin. I have two types of insulin. One is slow acting, that I take in the morning and at night time. Throughout the day, every-time I eat, the guys are always joking around with me, and making sure my numbers are always good, and in range.” Rose said.

As you might expect, there are ups in downs with any type of healthy condition. Rose has to make sure he watches what he eats, and he has to spend a lot of time, energy, and effort to stay on top of his condition. Thankfully in his line of work, keeping his body in peak tip-top shape is key for his performance on the pitch with Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

During matches he has to make sure that his blood sugar level is in a good range.

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The former UCLA, wants to make sure that he can give back, and help kids that are struggling with diabetes. Just like Morris, and his family were there to help him, Rose wants to do the same by reaching out.

“For kids struggling with this, I feel like I’m in a position to really try and help,” Rose said. ย “Inspire them, and make sure that they know, that you can continue to live your dreams even with something like this.”

Rose didn’t have to change his dreams when he was diagnosed, and he wants to make sure that kids who are in a similar situation don’t have to change their dreams. He would like to be someone who kids look up to as a sportsman living, and playing with diabetes.

“I’ve spoken with the club (Whitecaps FC), and we’re trying to work with diabetes Canada to get a bunch of kids out to training a couple of times a year. Hopefully in the next month we’ll be able to get some kids out here. Hopefully that moves forward into something more permanent, coming out to games.”

In 20 games this season with Whitecaps FC, Rose has contributed 1 goal, and 1 assist. The 29-year-old has played in a combined 102 MLS games with Seattle and Vancouver, scoring 6 goals, and adding 8 assists.

When life gave him a curveball, Andy ‘Rose to the occasion’ and made sure he was able to continue playing the game he loved. Type 1 diabetes changed his life, but he made sure to find positive ground, and continue on with his life.

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC Coach Marc Dos Santos at B.C. Place. Photo: Har Journalist.

VANCOUVER B.C – Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, it did. Canadian Premier League side, Cavalry FC made history by knocking off Whitecaps FC in the Canadian Championship quarterfinals.

Vancouver has not won a football match since May 25. It’s a stretch that has seen them go winless in ten matches across all competitions. They aren’t scoring, defending, or playing as a team.

It feels like anything that could go wrong, has, or will go wrong.

“To be honest with you, if I can put it very raw, and direct. The month of July has been a nightmare, it’s just been a nightmare in everything.” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters at Vancouver International Airport before the team departed for Minnesota.

The simplest of passes aren’t connecting, players aren’t hustling back on defence, and there seems to be no offensive structure when the team looks to move forward. Shoulders are slumped, fingers are being pointed, and frustration levels are rising.

The notion of whether or not the players have tuned out Marc Dos Santos is an inevitable question. The team isn’t performing, and the message isn’t getting through to his players.

“I don’t know, you have to ask them.” Dos Santos told Har Journalist. “I don’t feel that, but you have to ask them.”

If Dos Santos isn’t able to help guide his squad of players that he brought in during a hectic offseason, that leaves little chance the players will find a winning formula.

A fired up, and visibly frustrated Jake Nerwinski, simply doesn’t have all the answers.

“I’m not the coach, so I’m not the guy that’s going to give you guys all the tactics, and the players to play. I think it comes down to a mentality, and it’s a desire to win, a desire to get out of this slump, to stop the losing from two months. That’s what it is.”

Leading goal-scorer Fredy Montero, and skipper Jon Erice, were both left out of the eighteen for Vancouver’s exit from the Canadian Championship. Dos Santos had to fill a Canadian roster quota for the competition. Having players who have played in Europe, and are earning $968,000 (Montero), and $752,364 (Erice) sitting up in the press box certainly sends a message to them and the rest of the team.

The effort that’s been delivered hasn’t been good enough all around. However, how many times can you pull the ‘press box benching card’ before the locker room, and players switch off, if they haven’t already.

With eleven matches to go, Whitecaps FC’s season has the potential to plummet further.

“I think sitting them, and now there’s a message, it’s not about that,” Dos Santos explained. “These guys are 32-years old, it’s players that have experience. We have a game in Minnesota where Fredy is going to play, it’s not about that. It’s about me being challenged right now as a coach to motivate a group. We’re all in this together.”

Whitecaps FC’s Andy Rose is one of the few players on the team with MLS experience. Rose spent four seasons with Seattle Sounders FC. He is well versed in the ups, and downs that MLS brings. If Vancouver isn’t all pulling in the right direction, it’s hard to get traction and go on a run of form. Whitecaps FC just haven’t been on the same page.

“There’s not many players in the locker room throughout this last month and a half that can really look at themselves and feel proud. Feel like they’ve done themselves justice. Individually you have to look deep.” Rose said.

“The fans can critique how I play, my skill, and if I make mistakes on the ball,” Nerwinski spoke honestly. “I hope they can never critique my heart, and my passion when I step on the field.”

It was expected that Vancouver Whitecaps FC would stand pat during the MLS transfer window that remains open until August 8, but things have changed. Needing to find a jolt of energy, and someone who can provide a boost, Vancouver are expected to make some type of move.

Whitecaps FC made a multi-million dollar transfer offer for South Korean international, Ui-jo Hwang. The attempts to bring the striker to Vancouver fell through because he wanted to play in Europe. Ui-jo moved to Ligue 1 side, Bordeaux.

It won’t be a flashy name, or someone that’s going to put the team on his back. It’s quite possible Vancouver will make a move just wake the team up, and try to kick them into first gear.

“Sometimes you need a little bit of new blood in the locker room to allow you to get a spark.” Dos Santos said.

“We’re trying in this transfer window to make something happen still in the next 7-8 days.”

“Am I optimistic… I think something is going to happen, but when our side already commits to we want to do it, and we’re kind of waiting for the other side, it’s tough to tell you if I’m one-hundred percent optimistic or not.”

The 4-11-8 Whitecaps FC take on 10-7-4 Minnesota United FC on Saturday night at Allianz Field. ‘The Loons’ defeated Vancouver 3-2 at B.C. Place in the MLS season opener on March 2. Vancouver will be looking to right the ship, and find momentum in Minnesota.

Whitecaps FC will hope to halt a five-match MLS losing skid that’s seen them outscored 17-2. The road hasn’t been kind to Vancouver. Whitecaps FC sport a 1-6-4 record away from B.C. Place. Five of the next six matches are on the road.

“It’s times like these when a lot of people are talking in and outside of the arena,” Rose added. “We totally understand that. We understand the fans mentality through stretches likes this. It’s important that the entire group sticks together through this and fight our way out of it.”

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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.ย 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.