'Caps Chronicle: Extreme Makeover, BC Place Edition
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
With just over a month until Whitecaps FC play their first match on Bell Pitch downtown, the excitement continues to grow as the renovations to BC Place near completion. “To have a stadium here, right in the heart of downtown is very special,” said Paul Barber, Whitecaps FC CEO. “I think it will add to the match day experience”(Global BC).
With the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program set to expand in the upcoming season, two Winnipeg soccer stars, Marcos Bustos and Ali Musse. “It’s a very good opportunity and I think it will open some doors for him,” said Marcos’ father Alex, a former member of the Winnipeg Fury (Jim Bender – Winnipeg Sun).
Following training on Tuesday, Whitecaps FC striker Eric Hassli apologized to fans and teammates for heading straight to the locker after being substituted against Portland. Said Hassli: “I just don't want to give the wrong impression for the other players. I have a lot of respect for them..." (Marc Weber – The Province).
One positive from the last match was the impression that Whitecaps FC rookie Jeb Brovsky made on the ‘Caps back-line. “I thought overall he was quite steady,” assistant coach Colin Miller told MLSsoccer.com of Brovsky's performance in Portland. “He’s definitely a work in progress, as are most of the players coming out of college and university”(Martin MacMahon –MLSsoccer.com).
WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:
Make sure to 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-HOUSE:
Ready to watch Whitecaps FC midfielder Gershon Koffie in the next edition of ‘Claim Your Turf’? “Vancouver Whitecaps FC launched season ticket sales for new customers for the club’s 2012 Major League Soccer (MLS) season. Tickets include all MLS regular season home matches and Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches in 2012” (whitecapsfc.com).
Looking ahead to this weekend’s match-up against Houston Dynamo at Empire Field, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are preparing in every way possible to help continue Houston’s winless road record(Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com).
Did you like Camilo’s goal against Portland Timbers on Saturday? ‘O Magico’ needs your votes to win ‘Goal of the Week’(whitecapsfc.com).
GLOBAL SOCCER REPORT:
Could MLS be considering overhauling their seasons’ schedule? “The MLS playoffs were expanded from eight teams to 10 this year as well, adding two wild-card matches to the traditional 11-game MLS Cup tournament”.What could be the future of the MLS schedule? (Brian Straus – Sporting News)
Need some World Cup information? The Canadian men’s and women’s squads are continuing their efforts in the 2011 Homeless World Cup as the ‘Preliminary Round’ begins to wind down (Homeless World Cup).
After Seattle Sounders FC and Colorado Rapids earned a win and a draw respectively in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Champions League action, MLS squads remain undefeated in the Group Stage. Check out the standings as the five MLS teams continue through the tournament in positive fashion(CONCACAF).