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 "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."