Vancouver is probably the MLS city that I know least about. It is just one of 3 MLS cities I’ve never visited (Columbus, Houston are the other two). Outside of talking to a few parents from the academy (they said crime is a lot worse than I expected) , I don’t personally know anyone that has spent much time there. I know there is a huge Asian (Chinese) population, it has about 2.4 million in the meto area and not much else. From an outsiders point of view is seems like Whitecaps seem to do well (top third), but do not reach their potential. Competition from other sports does not seem high, Canucks would seem to be the team in the city but they largely play in the winter. BC Lions would seem the main competition but the CFL doesn’t seem to be anywhere near NHL, NFL, or MLB. The closest comparison is Portland. Similar sized cities. Similar entry in the league. Similar competition. But where Portland sells out every game and will sell every seat of their expanded stadium, Vancouver averages almost the same size crowds as Portland despite having a stadium with double the capacity. My question: What keeps Vancouver from having Seattle/Atlanta/Portland relevance? I hear virtually nothing (good or bad) about the ownership group, is that issue? Stadium seems to be in a good location and easily accessible. Is CFL much bigger than I realize? Is there a lack of coverage in the media because the writes don’t like soccer? Is local travel more difficult? Just curious to hear what the followers think since I don't hear much about the team otherwise.