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Getting ready for the Whitecaps playoff debut

Written on November 1, 2012 at 10:45, by HTTN

Vancouver, are you even aware your soccer team is in the playoffs?

As of 9:15 a.m. today, here are a few items that are trending on Twitter in Vancouver:

– #Halloween
– #Movember
– Christmas
– #DontYouHateWhenPeople

There’s more, but I’ll save you the pain. What’s notable is the one missing item… Where the hell is the #Whitecaps tag on this list?!

Tonight, the Whitecaps FC play their first ever playoff game since joining the MLS, and it’s the first playoff game by any of the three Canadian MLS teams. Yet, Vancouverites would rather talk about Halloween (old news), Movember (current, but overplayed news), and Christmas (it’s November 1, people).

Caman!

Vancouver sports fans, it’s time to show that you’re more than a bunch of Canucks lemmings and support another of this city’s pro sports teams. Especially on this momentous, historical, life-altering occasion.

Convinced you should watch? Awesome. Here’s some info on the game.

Head-to-head record

The Whitecaps FC played the Galaxy three times this season and emerged with a 0-2-1 record.

Sure, it’s not overly promising, but in July, they had a 2-0 lead with 10 minutes to go in the game. So, I mean, if the ‘Caps simply realize soccer games are 90 minutes instead of 80, they have a great chance of winning.

Standings

L.A. sits fourth in the Western Conference and Vancouver is right behind them in fifth (only five teams per conference make the playoffs).

That’s right, the Goliath, the defending MLS champions, with David Beckham and Landon Donovan are only one spot up in the standings. So, that should give you some hope.

But then you should also realize out of all playoff teams, the Galaxy scored the second most regular season goals (59), while the Whitecaps scored the lowest total (35).

Jay DeMerit and the rest of Vancouver’s defense better be ready.

Anyway, here are a couple of helpful previews you should read ahead of the game:

From Marc Weber, The Province.

TSN.ca Looks ahead to the game.

Game time: 7:30 p.m. TSN.