The Seattle Sounders aren't the only ones with smiled on their faces from news of strong season ticket sales, as the Vancouver Whitecaps reported on Saturday that in just three hours of being open to the public, some 4,000 of an available 5,000 had been snapped up by eager fans.
"We're absolutely ecstatic with the response. The energy that [the MLS announcement on Wednesday] seemed to generate -- I hoped it wasn't just me misreading it," said Whitecaps owner Bob Lenarduzzi of his worry that "the public wasn't feeling what he was feeling," writes The Province's Marc Weber. "Now we're going up to the big leagues and I think that's resonated with people," added Lenarduzzi of the club's jump from the USL-1 to MLS in 2011.
It also didn't hurt that Northwest soccer fans saw more than 32,000 fans pack Qwest Field on Thursday and watched Portland be named a fellow expansion team on Friday, two things that were undoubtedly "tugging harder on the heart strings of Vancouverites who fondly remember the I-5 rivalries from the North American Soccer Leagues days and making for a perfect launch week for the Whitecaps."