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Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Ali Adnan on Thursday, August 22 2019. Photo: Har Journalist.





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Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs FC Dallas at B.C. Place on Saturday May 25, 2019. Photo: Har Journalist


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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 – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back home this weekend as they get set to take on the Philadelphia Union at B.C. Place on Saturday afternoon. Vancouver will be looking to build on a 1-5-2 (5-points) record and a 1-0 win at home on April 17 vs LAFC.

Whitecaps FC have a lot of new faces that are still learning the nuances of MLS. No matter what kind of football experience you have, there is always an adjustment period when you come to a new league.

Baghdad native, Ali Adnan, is looking to make a difference for Vancouver, while also racking up frequent-flyer miles during Whitecaps FC’s hectic west coast travel schedule.

“Yeah, it’s really too much,” Adnan told reporters earlier this week. “Not just for me, but for all the players in MLS. We play in eight days, three games, this is really difficult. Now our players have a good recovery, and we start training. I hope this week we can recover better and be better for an important game.”

Whenever a new player arrives from playing in Europe, the level of physical play is often a surprise. While the talent, and technical skill in MLS, isn’t on par with what you would find in Europe. The physical nature of playing in North America can be a shock.

“I think it’s a good league, but it’s not easy,” Adnan admitted. “MLS is really difficult. When I came here, I think a little bit is easy, but they have really important things. Everyone that comes here has to understand that MLS is a really very good league and you have to be ready to play.”

The 25-year-old has quickly found a place in Vancouver’s lineup. Adnan has started and played a full ninety minutes in the last five Whitecaps FC matches. He has often stood out with his excellent passing, ability to read a play before it happens, and his link up play with his teammates.

Adnan is only a month into his MLS journey, and he’s already earning praise as the top left back in the league.

“It’s really nice when I hear that,” Adnan smiled. “I think it’s not enough. We are not winning, and for me it’s really important, not how I win, the best left back in the league, but it’s really important when we get three points for Vancouver.”

Coach Marc Dos Santos hasn’t been shy in his admiration for Adnan’s play.

“He is the best left back in Major League Soccer right now,” Dos Santos explained to Har Journalist. “He’s a player that you guys see more in the product on the field when we have a game. We see him in the day-to-day, and he’s been an impressive guy. Great in the locker room, great with the guys, very positive. He’s been good for the club for sure.”

Adnan plays football with poise, and confidence. That can be hard to find, on a team with one win. Adnan’s three-month loan from Serie A side, Udinese, will have him in a Whitecaps FC kit until June 30, 2019

Whether or not he sticks with Whitecaps FC beyond that, isn’t known.

“I don’t know, really,” Adnan said. “I like it so much here, I like the players, the staff, everything here, the city is amazing. I don’t know, I don’t know. I think we have time to talk about this. We don’t know what’s going to happen in three months. Let’s see.”

Dos Santos would love to have a player of Adnan’s quality in Vancouver long-term.

“I don’t know yet,” Dos Santos explained. “We’ll have to see what’s going to happen. We have to time things well with their club also. It’s not really the time to talk about that. The only thing I can guarantee you guys, we’ll do everything we can to keep a player like him here.”

Vancouver Whitecaps FC have a top calibre player that’s showing that he can excel in MLS in such a short time. It would be counter-productuve to let Ali Adnan slip away.

“You have to wait until I finish my contract with Vancouver,” Adnan said. “After we do a contract, or maybe not. We will see.”