'Caps Chronicle: Enter the Dragon

Whitecaps FC in the news - August 29, 2011

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

With Vancouver Whitecaps FC earning a 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo at Empire Field last Saturday afternoon, Shea Salinas received high praise for scoring the match’s only goal. Today, forward Long Tan receives recognition for his strong performance off the bench. “I thought he changed the game," said captain Jay DeMerit. "We look for guys to come on and change things, that's what subs are meant to do, and he definitely did that” (Marc Weber – The Province).

Others were also writing about MLS’ first Chinese born soccer player. Bruce Constantineau broke down Tan’s efforts, which helped him earn his first MLS point. "The scoring play started with an awkward pass from Salinas to Tan, but Tan fought off a defender and turned smartly before sending Salinas on his way with a terrific ball” (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun).

Tan has long been respected by teammates and staff. Check out this preseason story on the man known as "Dragon" (Brandon Timko - MLSsoccer.com).

While Salinas and Tan grabbed the headlines this weekend, Whitecaps FC midfielder Gershon Koffie played a stellar match, displaying his offensive wisdom and defensive awareness, as the 19-year old Ghanaian continues to impress the coaching staff (Marc Weber – The Province).

Following back-to-back home wins at Empire Field, the ‘Caps now have a week off to receive some R&R before heading out for a two-match road trip against New York Red Bulls and LA Galaxy. Not everyone will be resting though, as Whitecaps FC midfielder Nizar Khalfan will report to his national team for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.‘Caps forward Mustapha Jarju will also be participating in the competition (Tanzania Daily News).

Just because summer is coming to a close, doesn’t mean Vancouver Whitecaps FC aren’t still out having fun in the sun. Check out all the information on our summer camps as we head “to Beban Park’s Gyro Youth Sports Fields on Sept. 10-11” (Greg Sakaki – Nanaimo News Bulletin).

WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO

Make sure you listen to ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio throughout the week as he connectswith his partner in crime Paul Dolan to discuss a variety of topics this week. You can listen right now on teamradio.ca or find the podcast you are looking for right HERE.

The show is on every Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT on AM 1410.

Need even more soccer updates, information, and soccer perspective? Listen live to ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago’ which can be heard every Sunday from 9:00 – 11:00p.m. PT.

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:

Need your ‘Monday Postgame’ fix? Check out all the action in Week 24 with some major stories, interesting weather, and new developments throughout MLS (John Bolster – MLSsoccer.com).
 
Heard of the new major feature on MLS’ website, ‘North American Soccer Almanac’? Check out this must-read story which follows the ups and downs of Canadian soccer from the NASL to MLS (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com).

Growing up as a ‘Kiwi’, Whitecaps FC defender Michael Boxall thoroughly enjoyed playing rugby in New Zealand. “I played rugby up until I was about 10 or 11, playing with my best friend growing up,” explained Boxall. “Then he switched to soccer and I just wanted to play with him, so I switched to soccer too.” Read about the rest of his story and check out his ‘crib’(Brandon Timko & Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com).

Our video editing genius Zac Ratcliffe has created another masterpiece. Check out this video, ‘Home field advantage’ following Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1-0 victory over Houston Dynamo.

Also, don’t forget Vancouver Whitecaps FC is on Facebookand Twitter@ ‘WhitecapsFC’ and ‘WhitecapsMatch’ to get all the updates, information, latest stories, and live match updates.

GLOBAL SOCCER REPORT:

“The Canadian Soccer Association last week released ticket sales information for the 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament that will be held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC, from January 19 to 29, 2012. Tournament packages will go on sale September 9, 2011, with affordable prices featuring an average ticket price of just under $6.50 per match across 15 matches in eight days of world class soccer” (whitecapsfc.com).

With Sunday featuring as the conclusion of the 2011 Homeless World Cup in Paris, France, check out the results of the Canadian men’s and women’s team as well as all the other countries competing for international glory (Homeless World Cup).