This one is too good not to bring you. Vancouver Whitecaps have been accused of being so obsessed with commercial success that they have been lapse in other aspects.
Disgruntled fans have gone so far as to claim that the Front Office would take the shirts of their backs given half the chance.
Now they have been proven right.
For reasons yet unknown, not all of the Whitecaps equipment arrived in San Jose on Wednesday night.
Eric Hassli, Mustapha Jarju, Davide Chiumiento and Jeb Brovsky shirts were missing and Joe Cannon’s goalkeeping jersey was also not at the Buck Shaw stadium for kick off.
The Whitecaps had a problem. They used some incredibly quick thinking though. They approached the traveling band of Caps fans and asked for theirs.
Now, this plan had some flaws as Michael McColl reported on his Away from the Numbers blog where the story first broke.
“We believe only two of them might have been used during the actual game, as some of the fans have, let’s just say, slightly bigger physiques.”
This is Canadian for 50% of all Whitecaps fans are slightly larger than life characters.
Unlike previous interactions with their hardest core supporters, fans who were there report that the Caps staff were fantastically good natured and good humoured about the whole episode.
One fan who was there told McColl:
“The guys thought it was a joke at first when the two Caps officials came and asked them for the shirts of their back. We had a laugh about what else could go wrong this season, but fair play to the Club, they were very grateful and appreciative of what the guys did to help them out and it was nice to see the gesture of thanks they gave them in return.”
But what about Cannon? Who had a goalkeeper’s jersey to lend him? Nobody did, but the club showed their ability to think quickly one more time. A generic green training jersey was acquired but there was one thing missing. The sponsor’s logo.
Once more Vancouver Whitecaps staff showed their initiative. They drew it on by hand.
The outfielder jerseys loaned will apparently be returned to the helpful fans and the good news is that the Caps battled back from being behind twice to save a draw.
Now if only they could show the same ‘drawing power’ when they attempt to fill the stadium to its new expanded capacity of 27,500 on July 30th.