In the past, soccer players often began their athletic journeys as dancers, eventually forgoing pirouettes and sashays for superb one-directional kicks and graceful head-banging moves. Witness the fruits of all that dance labour with today’s Groupon: for $54, you get two aqua-section tickets to see Vancouver Whitecaps FC take on Toronto FC in the first leg of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship finals on Wednesday, May 18, at Empire Field, plus the FIFA 11 video game for Xbox or PlayStation 3 (a $132.50 total value, including ticket fees and HST).
Whitecaps FC blasted through the Montreal Impact in the first round of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship, and will now take on Toronto FC for the title. On May 18, in the first leg of the final round, Whitecaps FC will defend home turf and subfield gold deposits in a rush for the Voyageurs Cup and a place in the 2011–12 CONCACAF Champions League. From behind-the-net perches in the aqua seating section (a $38.25 value, including ticket fees), watch Eric Hassli surge toward the opposing goal and Terry Dunfield command the midfield as the defense guards the team net from balls and rogue hedgehogs.
The included FIFA 11 game (a $56 value, including HST) delivers a global experience with digital clashes and virtual staring contests among more than 30 official leagues, 500 teams, and more than 15,000 players. Improving on its 2010 predecessor’s features, FIFA 11 challenges in-season thumbs with refined ball control, sophisticated player attacks, and improved positioning.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
On September 9, 1979, more than 100,000 Whitecaps fans lined Robson Street to salute their hometown club. That day, the Whitecaps returned home after becoming Vancouver's first professional sports team to win a major North American championship: they had just defeated the Tampa Bay Rowdies to claim the North American Soccer League title.
Since that first one, the franchise has won six additional titles–including four in a row from 1988–1991 while playing as the 86ers in the Canadian Soccer League. In fact, the club competed under that 86ers moniker until 2000. That year, spurred by public support and an unexplainable 'Caps logo beamed into the night sky, it re-emerged under its original Whitecaps identity. Today, the 21st-century incarnation of the club continues to battle for its first championship as part of Major League Soccer, where it began play in 2011.
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