Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson has led the team to two straight playoff appearances since taking over from the departed Martin Rennie

Carl Robinson thanks Whitecaps fans for their ‘brilliant’ support in 2015

The Caps were eliminated in the West playoffs by the Portland Timbers last week, ending their best season to-date

Absolute class.

Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson penned a letter on the team’s website Thursday, thanking fans after the club’s best season to-date – a season which ended last week with a 2-0 aggregate loss to the Portland Timbers, in the Caps’ first-ever home-hosted playoff series.

“Your support this year has been brilliant, week in and week out, from first kick until the final whistle,” said Robinson, in his post on WhitecapsFC.com. “You continue to be the motivation that pushes us onward to bigger and better things, and you’ve been as big a part of this team’s success as anyone. You’ve helped us make history for the club.”

Robinson is a Welsh national and played for clubs in England and the MLS (Toronto and the New York Red Bulls) over a 16-year career, which spanned from 1995 to 2011. He also represented Wales, playing for their national team from 1999 to 2009.

He has led the Whitecaps to two straight playoffs in his only years as the team’s manager, after taking over the reigns from the departed Martin Rennie in December, 2013.

“We’ve come a long way together this year,” he continued. “I know there is disappointment that the season is over, but that should not overshadow the hard work that everyone put in this year. We achieved a number of our goals, and I’m certain that there are plenty more successes to come. The experiences of this season will only make us stronger.

Robinson said the Caps have a “terrific core in place,” which will hopefully be added to in the offseason, after they watch someone else lift the MLS Cup.

The Whitecaps struggled while closing out their ultimately impressive 2015 season, winning just one of their final six matches since September 16.

But the team still finished second overall in the league’s Western Conference, with the third-best record in the entire MLS.

Said Robinson, “I’ve said it before, but it never stops bearing repeating – I am proud to be the head coach of this club.”

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