'Caps Chronicle: Ready for Residency

Whitecaps FC in the news - September 2, 2011

VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

With the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency program undergoing a significant expansion, Megan Stewart writes about a local Vancouver lad who has experienced the benefits of the Residency program (Megan Stewart – Vancouver Courier).

The growth of the ‘Caps development structure means that a number of eager new faces have arrived. Included in the group is another Lower Mainland product looking to make the best of his upcoming opportunity (Tom Berridge – Burnaby Now).

On the MLS team, midfielder Gershon Koffie continues to improve. The 20-year-old scored his first goal of the season against Chicago last month, and head coach Tom Soehn envisions more of the same from the talented youngster, “I don't think we see enough of the offensive qualities that I saw when I scouted him. He can supply some offense and I'm constantly pushing him to bring that aspect of his game out” (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun).

Want an update on Bell Pitch downtown? The Vancouver Sun got a sneak peak of some of the improvements that will ensure a wonderfully upgraded facility when Whitecaps FC move into their new home, October 2 against Portland Timbers (Vancouver Sun).

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 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 3:00 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:

With today marking exactly one month until Vancouver Whitecaps FC move into Bell Pitch downtown, Brandon Timko highlights some improvements of our new home. “The biggest change to the venue – originally built in 1983 – will of course be the new retractable roof, which will turn the stadium into a year-round open-air facility. With support masts each measuring 47 metres tall, the cable-supported roof will be the biggest of its kind in the world and will produce a 100 metre by 85 metre blue sky opening” (Brandon Timko – whitecapsfc.com).  

After having a few days off, check out this training piece. Whitecaps FC players got back to work as they prepare for their match next weekend against New York Red Bulls (Paul Albi – whitecapsfc.com).

The 'Caps saw another fresh face at training this week, with trialist Johnny Dunleavy looking for a shot at playing for the ‘Caps. Martin MacMahon writes, “After being, in his description, “blighted by injuries” during his last two seasons with Wolves, the defender is now seeking a new challenge this side of the pond” (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com).

We have another ‘Legend’ sighting!!  Check out this piece as Carl Valentine hangs out with some of the kids he has been working with over the summer at Vancouver Whitecaps FC camps (Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com).

With a new feature, ‘Women’s Weekly’ making its debut, check out how this summer’s edition of Vancouver Whitecaps FC women are preparing as they return to university for another year of soccer and studies (Jamieson Brooks – whitecapsfc.com).

Are your kids dreading going back to school? Maybe the ‘Caps can help! Check out Vancouver Whitecaps FC gear that will allow the kids to look great and show off their favourite soccer club! From t-shirts, hoodies, hats, jerseys, and other awesome attire, back to school shopping has never been easier (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.

CANADIAN SOCCER REPORT:

The Canadian women’s national soccer team hired a new head coach yesterday in John Herdman. Check out everything you need to know about the former New Zealand women’s national head coach (Canadian Soccer Association).

With the Canadian men’s 2014 CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers starting today at BMO Field in Toronto, Ontario, Canada needs to win their group in order to advance to the next round. Get all the info you need to help follow and cheer the ‘red and white’ into Brazil 2014 (Canadiansoccer.com).

“The Canadian Soccer Association today 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).