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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.



VANCOUVER, B.C – Today is April Fool’s Day, and for one special day, pranksters thrive, and trickery is abound. Hijinks is in the air, not everything you read and hear is truthful.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC are no strangers to bonding, and pulling off elaborate pranks. Whenever you get a young group of athletes together, there’s sure to be a few funny characters around who are up to no good.

Who is the Whitecaps FC player you should be most mindful of on April Fool’s Day?

“There’s a few guys, I think Yordy (Reyna) is a big prankster,” Jake Nerwinski told Har Journalist. “He likes to always mess with guys. Joaquin (Ardaiz), I’m starting to learn that he’s a bit of a prankster as well, and myself a little bit.”

“Yeah, Yordy likes to do a few jokes,” Felipe agreed. “There is a couple guys that like to joke, but we always try to respect the way we joke.” 

There was a high level of shenanigans last year when Whitecaps FC goalkeeper, Stefan Marinovic was the victim of a fantastic prank. Nerwinski teamed up with TSN Radio host, Corey Basso, for an amusing, and agitating sit down interview with the Australian (New Zealand) international.

“I just try to pull some jokes on my friends,” Nerwinski explained. “Did you see last year with Stefan (Marinovic) ? – We pulled a little joke with Corey Basso. We asked him some tough questions, and some that I knew he wasn’t going to like, and get mad at. It went perfectly. Right as planned, he got mad. It was good, really funny.”

Spoken like a true prankster extraordinaire, Nerwinski wouldn’t reveal his April Fools’ plans for this year.

“I can’t let you know that,” Nerwinski smiled. “No. Maybe, I don’t know. You’ll just have to wait and see.

It seems practical jokes, and tomfoolery go hand-in-hand with the 24-year-old, Nerwinski. His days as a jokster can be traced all the way back to his university time at UConn.

“We use to do this one in college, where we would fill up a garbage can of water. You lean it against the door, and once you open the door it all falls in. We use to do that a few times to some of the guys in the dorms. We’d get into a little bit of trouble, but it was fun.”

While being soaked with a falling bucket of water is an April Fools’ classic. There’s a certain amount of higher stakes at the pro level. The more planning, and teammates involved, the bigger the prank. Nerwinski will want to make sure to keep a close eye on his car.

“We did many back in Europe,” Felipe said. “Once we took all the wheels from the guys car and we left it in the parking lot, without the wheels. He thought someone robbed him. Another time, we were very far from the training facility, and we parked his car downtown, and we left all the tickets for him to go get. It won’t happen here, but it was something.”

Nerwinski, and Reyna appear to be the leaders among Whitecaps FC pranksters, Felipe should not be underestimated. The veteran does his talking on the pitch, and he could very well be set to do some pranking off the pitch.

“This year, nothing yet,” Felipe revealed. “We’ve joked with Lucas (Venuto) a couple of times, but only between Brazilians.”

Whitecaps FC will look to shake off any practical jokes effects as they host the LA Galaxy at B.C. Place on Friday, April 5.

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