'Caps Chronicle: Playing spoiler

Whitecaps FC in the news - Sept. 29, 2011

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

This Sunday afternoon, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be looking to play spoiler against their Pacific Northwest nemesis Portland Timbers. The Timbers, who currently sit in 12th place in the MLS Western Conference standings, are two points out of the tenth and final playoff berth (Marc Weber – The Province).

With the ‘Caps set to play their first match on Bell Pitch downtown at the newly renovated BC Place, Whitecaps FC CEO Paul Barber is certainly excited: “Honestly, you could count the number of world-class stadiums on the fingers of one hand that meet all the criteria that BC Place now meets” (Jim Morris – Globe and Mail).

The ‘Caps and Timbers rivalry dates back well before this inaugural season in MLS. Check out this  walk down memory lane from a Portland Timbers perspective on some historic Cascadia Cup matches (Dan Itel – MLSsoccer.com).

Need an update on some important ‘Caps news heading into this weekend? Check out the status on Whitecaps FC defender Alain Rochat, learn about captain Jay DeMerit’s hot coloured new boots, and get an update on striker Atiba Harris’s recovery process (Marc Weber – The Province).

After sitting out the first women’s national team camp under new head coach John Herdman, former Whitecaps FC women’s star and Canada’s all-time women’s leading goal scorer Christine Sinclair has been summoned by the Red and White for the 2011 Pan America Games in Guadalajara (Scott Russel – Team 1130). 

WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:

Did you miss last week’s “HOT FUDGE FRIDAY” on ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ featuring whitecapsfc.com club correspondent and senior writer Simon Fudge? Don’t miss out as human soccer encyclopaedia tells you what’s hot in the English Championship every week.  

Make sure you listen to ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio throughout the week, as he connects with 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 p.m. PT on TEAM 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:

Whitecaps FC defender Jordan Harvey and goalkeeper Joe Cannon took part in Raise-a-Reader Day yesterday. Read about the success in pursuit of helping improve literary across the country (Alexis Demmery – whitecapsfc.com). 

Want to know the results of  the members of last season’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC women in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and international competition last week? Check out the newest edition of ‘Women’s Weekly’ for all the news on their individual accomplishments, achievements, and highlights (Jamieson Brooks – whitecapsfc.com).

Martin MacMahon checked in with his last MLSsoccer.com feature on BC Place. “You look at the other clubs around the league, and of the turf fields, I think ours was still the best - even at Empire,” 'Caps captain Jay DeMerit said (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com).

With just three days remaining until their first match on Bell Pitch downtown at BC Place, Whitecaps FC are hard at work preparing to open the new stadium in grand style against arch-rivals Portland Timbers. Check out this video on training and the ‘Caps new home (Paul Albi – whitecapsfc.com).

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

THE SOCCER SCENE:

The Canadian men’s soccer team has announced their roster for their upcoming October 7 match in St. Lucia and October 11 match against Puerto Rico as part of CONCACAF qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup (CSA).

As CONCACAF Champions League (CCL) action wraps up, MLS squads are competing for their lives heading into the final fixture in three weeks!   Check out their results and the upcoming matches remaining as MLS clubs fight for their lives in pursuit of a berth at the 2012 FIFA Club World Cup (CCL).  

The 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament 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).