'Caps Chronicle: Haggis & Haircuts

Whitecaps FC in the news - Jan. 26, 2012

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS

It’s not often you hear people requesting a second helping of haggis, but that’s exactly what Vancouver Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi asked Breakfast Television’s Greg Harper for when they both shared in the festive Scottish feast at the Vancouver campus of Simon Fraser University (SFU) in honour of Robbie Burns Day. Don’t believe it? Watch the video HERE (jump to the 7:47 mark)! (Greg Harper – Breakfast Television). Even though Lenarduzzi is of Italian descent, his ‘heart was in the highlands’, as he participated in a record-setting, four hour Robbie Burns Day poetry-reading marathon. (Brock Hunter – Team 1130)

In preseason camp, there's definitely a different look about this year's ‘Caps squad. That's particularly true of midfield maestro Davide Chiumiento, who chose a fresh look for the fresh season, as evidenced by Eric Hassli's BEFORE and AFTER photos of him. (Eric Hassli via twitter his twitter handle, @liam2929)

The city of brotherly love will play host to the 2012 MLS All-Star Game. Major League Soccer announced yesterday that the event will be held at PPL Park on July 25, 2012 at 5 p.m. PT. While the opponent has yet to be announced, previous editions have featured Manchester United (2011 and 2010), Everton FC (2009), Chelsea FC (2006) and CD Guadalajara (2003).Simon Borg from MLSsoccer.com has yet another idea for an opponent that's got people talking. (Simon Borg – MLSsoccer.com)

WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:

‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad is back in its usual 3:00 p.m. timeslot on TEAM 1410 sports radio! Its fun fun fun this week. Today Pete chats with new assistant coach Jake DeClute and former Canadian women's player and current Sportsnet analyst Kara Lang! For those of you who may have missed past episodes, you can find them HERE!

The show airs every Monday to Friday at 3 p.m. PT on TEAM 1410.

You can always get your soccer fix every Sunday night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. PT by tuning into ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago on TEAM 1040.

West Coast Soccer Weekly is a new podcast hosted by Canadian Soccer News writers Pierce Lang and Michael McColl. For all things soccer on the best coast, including up to date coverage of Whitecaps FC, Highlanders, Men's and Women's Canadian national teams, and local community clubs be sure to listen in HERE!

Have you heard about ‘The Soccer Show’? During last week’s podcast, Nigel Reed and Bob Irushi talked about Vancouver Whitecaps FC and our fabulous five residency signings. Make sure you listen HERE!

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE

Christopher Bromley explains what the Chinese 'Year of the Dragon' holds in store for Whitecaps FC as they hope to take the dragon by the tail in 2012. (Christopher Bromley – whitecapsfc.com)

Carl Valentine was at day three of training camp, as strength and conditioning coach Steve Ramsbottom put the squad through their paces to find out just how explosive the players are. (Zac Ratcliffe & Carl Valentine – whitecapsfc.com)

CANADIAN SOCCER SCENE

National team captain Christine Sinclair was described by the CBC as, "A player whose success is beginning to transcend her sport." Check out how she'll be hoping to add to that legacy when Canada faces Mexico this Friday in their most important matchup of the women's CONCACAF Olympic qualifying tournament. (Ben Rycroft – CBC Sports)