Issue 23: Cause for Celebration: Whitecaps FC start the season with a kiss-kiss and a bang-bang
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‘Thrilling’ and ‘dramatic’
are two apt descriptions for the action the Whitecaps provided Vancouverites during their first month in MLS. After a flurry of goals, yellow and red cards, and free flowing action, the city has been swept away by a new tide of soccer exhilaration. In this issue, Free Kick had the opportunity to speak with Eric Hassli after his fantastic two-goal performance in the opening match. So much has happened since then, with the striker chalking up a pair of ejections, including a fine for whipping off his jersey after scoring a penalty in a 1-1 nail biter against New England. Whether he is to become a hero or goat is yet to be determined, but the enigmatic Frenchman is certainly showing signs he could be Vancouver’s next superstar athlete.
On the ladies side, the top brass from the CSA were in town to cruise BC Place and take in the infrastructure for Vancouver’s hosting of the Women’s World Cup in 2015. Self-made rumours, if they’re to be believed, have it that Vancouver is likely to host the final. The knowledge that Canada will welcome the world next time round must have been a boost for our national team members, who are now ranked sixth going into the opening World Cup match against Germany on June 26th in Berlin.
Looking past soccer, we have the opportunity to share a story from our feature writer Trevor Kew who was living in Japan during the earthquake/tsunami devastation. For the first time during the three years that Trevor has been writing for Free Kick, he had very little to say about soccer. He equates how the game, the fun and excitement can unify us just as our deepest fears unite people when they are collectively attempting to survive. We can only imagine.
As usual, we hope to make you smile, and open your mind to the impact sport has on lives, both locally and internationally, and to share our version of the beautiful game.