9. Earning first CCL spot
A place in the CONCACAF Champions League has been ever elusive for the ‘Caps. In previous years they have been so close but they have always been the bridesmaid, never the bride. With the complications of Canada hosting the 2015 Women’s World Cup, the CSA decided to award the 2015-16 CCL spot to the Canadian MLS team that finished the 2014 season with the highest points total. The Impact had a rough season which left Vancouver and Toronto in a two horse race. Toronto FC eventually self-imploded in the second half of the year but that was not enough to award the Whitecaps victory. In August, Vancouver was experiencing some difficulties scoring and after remaining goalless over the course of 4 games the Caps finally got out of their funk when they hosted the San Jose Earthquakes. A penalty by Morales and a diving header by Waston gave Vancouver the 3 points they badly needed and acted as a spring board from which the Whitecaps were able to get back on track and eventually capture their first ever CCL spot.