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Vancouver Whitecaps chief Barber says mixed fortunes in first MLS season

Vancouver Whitecaps chief Paul Barber insists there's been plenty of positives from their first season in MLS.

Barber admits the team's performance has been a disappointment.

He told the theprovince.com: "It's been a game of two halves really. On the pitch, we haven't got the results we'd hoped to get and that's obviously been a disappointment.

"Off the pitch, it's been phenomenal. To have averaged 20,000-plus fans, to be in the top three in attendance and season-ticket base, to have attracted the quality of sponsors we've got Bell, BMO, Budweiser, EA Sports, Kia we've taken it from a small community club to a Major League soccer team with global brands as partners in 12 months.

"And we've created a match atmosphere that rivals anything in the city. Even on the field, there have been some standout moments. You think of Eric Hassli's goal [in Seattle] or the comeback from 3-0 down [against Kansas City], opening day and the last two wins at B.C. Place. It just hasn't gone according to our plans."

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