'Caps pumped about MLS

BOB MACKIN, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:42 AM ET

LONDON -- Smiles and high-fives were aplenty when Vancouver Whitecaps' general manager Greg Anderson told players before they boarded a Wednesday morning flight in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that Major League Soccer will come to Vancouver in 2011.

"I'm sure every guy wants to be part of it," said goalkeeper Jay Nolly, who played for MLS' D.C. United and Real Salt Lake. "It's exciting to be on this team while its announced. It's also a couple years away. You never know who's going to be on it, but you always hope so."

Head coach Teitur Thordarson said the prospect of moving to MLS drew him to Vancouver where he led the team to its second USL championship in 2008.

"My contract ends at the end of year, I don't know what will happen after that," Thordarson said. "I would absolutely be delighted if I get the possibility to (coach Vancouver's MLS entry). When I came here one of the things I liked was to get the opportunity to be part of a club with views for the future, big views."

The franchise award means today's captain Martin Nash could be working for older brother Steve Nash, a member of the Vancouver MLS ownership quartet.

"I'll see where I am in a few years," Nash said. "If I'm planning on still playing, hopefully I can win a spot with the franchise in 2011."

The Whitecaps left Dar es Salaam after going 1-1-1 on a 12-day tour. They stayed in London Wednesday night and return to Vancouver on Thursday night.


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