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Whitecaps finish bottom, but promise to improve

Expansion side the Vancouver Whitecaps finished last with 28 points in their inaugural MLS season.

The Canadians needed at least a point in their final match against the Colorado Rapids to avoid being cellar dwellers but they lost 2-1.

Vancouver finished the season with six wins, 18 losses and 10 draws.

The last-place finish in MLS gives the Caps the second overall pick in the league SuperDraft in January, behind the expansion Montreal Impact.

Brazilian striker Camilo collected the Whitecaps MVP award before the game, as the 22-year-old finished with 12 goals and three assists.

Gershon Koffie was named most promising player, Rochat received the unsung hero award and Jeb Brovsky received the Whitecaps Foundation humanitarian award.

Caps captain Jay DeMerit said there was no hiding the fact it has been a frustrating year for the club.

“Nobody said this season was going to be easy,” he said.

“These types of successes you long for – it’s very rare they happen in the first season.”

But DeMerit said the Whitecaps often showed they could play with anyone in the league this year.

“We showed at the end of the season that we can turn (BC Place) into a fortress and get results here at home,” he said.

“That’s what we need to do next season. Set a fortress at home and learn to win away from home.”

Sun 23 October, 2011
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