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Jay DeMerit Journal: The Vancouver Whitecaps have found their ‘bouncebackability’
In my opinion, one of the hardest things for an athlete or team to do in sports is to break out of that rut when things aren’t going your way and bounce back to success. In England’s soccer circles, they have even coined the term ‘bouncebackability’ – being able to find it somewhere within yourself to turn things around for the better and improve performance or end a losing streak.
For us Whitecaps, we were able to do that this weekend against Dallas. Over the previous two games against San Jose and Kansas City, we’d found ourselves not only on the losing end, but had also given up three goals in each game. That was out of character for us, considering we hadn’t even let in a goal in over our four previous games.
In preparation for the Dallas game, our manager asked us to find the character to get our season back on track and get those three points that had eluded us for in the those previous two games.
It was fantastic to see us respond as a unit and battle our way to a 1-0 win at our home stadium in front of our own fans. 1-0 games aren’t always the prettiest to watch, but walking off the field knowing that as a group we kept a clean sheet and managed to find a goal to get us back on track was a great feeling. We’d found our bouncebackability!
One of our main goals this season as a team is to turn BC Place into a fortress, making our home stadium a place that no one wants to come and play at. We will work hard to keep building towards that and make sure our fans keep going home happy.