For the second time in three years and the seventh in club history (includes play in USL-1, NASL and CSL), the Vancouver Whitecaps are champions.
The 'Caps captured the USL-1 title with a 2-1 win over Puerto Rico in Vancouver Sunday.
It's moments like this that it becomes clear that the Whitecaps deserve to be awarded a MLS franchise (deserve and "are gonna get" are two very different things). The team, which has survived the folding of two leagues, is as close as you can get to a football institution in this country. An argument can be made that the Whitecaps are the only club left that can trace itself directly back to the NASL -- that's something to be proud of.
Who knows whether the 'Caps will get the MLS nod for 2011. But, if they don't it won't be Vancouver that is losing out.