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Breaking down the Whitecaps’ 2012 season, player by player
There is no team sport in the world that’s as difficult to statistically quantify as soccer. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t going to try.
Over the next few days, The 11 will break down the seasons of three Canadian MLS teams and lone NASL squad to try and figure out which players had the greatest impacts — both positively and negatively — on their teams. We begin on the West Coast with the Vancouver Whitecaps.
Breaking down TFC’s 2012 season, player by player
We broke down the Whitecaps, now we break down Toronto FC. We looked back at Toronto FC’s disastrous 2012 campaign, but we broke down the games minute by minute. From that, we came up with a goal difference for every player on the Reds, similar to a plus-minus in hockey. And, we also looked at the Reds’ record when each player on the team was utilized as either a starter or a sub.
We did not include the CONCACAF Champions League or Amway Canadian Championship in this statistical snapshot. This only includes MLS regular-season matches.
Former Aviators coach Helland is the lone woman named to WWC committee
When the Canadian Soccer Association announced the Organising Committee for the upcoming 2015 Women’s World Cup, there was only one woman on the list. And, in Janine Helland, not only are the women’s national teams of years past recognized, but also the Edmonton Aviators. Helland was the captain of the women’s national team at the 1999 Women’s World Cup. And, after her playing days were done, she took the helm of the Edmonton Aviators’ W-League program in 2004.
Nearly a decade after the Aviators burst onto the scene and promptly imploded, even Edmonton sports fans have a hard time remembering the team. An ownership group launched a men’s A-League team and a W-League franchise, expecting to draw crowds of 10,000 to Commonwealth Stadium. When crowds materialized only a 10th that size, the ownership pulled the plug. The women were able to get their shorter season completed, but the men’s team was only continued because the league stepped in and funded the team to the end of the season, renaming it Edmonton FC.