by Ian Walker, Vancouver Sun
It has history on its side. Ownership is solid. And its club structure stands alone among its rivals in terms of developing players and growing the game.
That said, the one big knock against the Vancouver Whitecaps' bid to bring Major League Soccer to the city has been the lack of a sport-specific stadium. It was a valid critique - the key word being was.
On Thursday, the Whitecaps and BC Pavilion Corporation made public a snapshot of how BC Place Stadium - with its proposed new retractable roof - might be configured in order to best accommodate soccer events.