'Caps Chronicle: Jamaican Swagger

Whitecaps FC in the news - Jan. 13, 2012

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS

Yesterday’s SuperDraft saw Vancouver Whitecaps FC expand their stable of thoroughbred strikers further by adding the blazing speed of Darren Mattocks. Some are even calling it a transformative draft for the team. (Matthew Doyle – MLSsoccer.com)

The Jamaican international is already bucking to get a start, which is no surprise to former college teammate Michael Nanchoff who describes Mattocks’ style as, “That special Jamaican swagger.” (Marc Weber – The Province)

Mattocks has a lot of positive things to say about what he hopes to achieve in Vancouver, but it’s his college record that really speaks volumes, having outscored former Akron alumni in Portland Timber’s Darlington Nagbe, Seattle Sounder’s Steve Zakuani and Sporting Kansas City’s Teal Bunbury during his two collegiate seasons. Read about his background and what he adds to the squad. (Marc Weber – The Province)

Speaking of talent, right back Chris Estridge was the other player picked up at yesterday’s SuperDraft and comes to the ‘Caps with a lot of accolades of his own. Estridge was named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, an NSCAA All-Great Lakes Region first-team member, and a unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection in 2011. Read about what his former coach at Indiana University had to say about Estridge’s selection by Vancouver and how he will be joining fellow Hoosier Lee Nguyen as a member of the Whitecaps’ roster. (Marc Weber – The Province)

Speaking of drafts, Surrey, BC, native and former Whitecaps FC striker Sydney Leroux was today taken first overall by Atlanta Beat in the Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Draft! (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun)

WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:

‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio is on a winter break until the New Year, but for those of you who may have missed some episodes, you can find them HERE!

The show will return on January 23, 2012, and air 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!

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:

Darren Mattocks is one of that rare breed of player that the University of Akron has a history of producing. Read about how Mattocks is hoping to emulate his Zips predecessors in MLS.

While many analysts were surprised by the order of the picks in yesterday’s SuperDraft, ‘Caps head coach Martin Rennie jumped at the chance to snag the player many believed to be the best player available. Martin MacMahon speaks with Rennie about his first experience as a Major League Soccer (MLS) coach at the draft. (Martin MacMahon – whitecapsfc.com)

The might and moxie of Canada’s women’s national team player Kaylyn Kyle is featured in today’s edition of ‘Caps for Canada. Read about her metamorphosis from brace-faced youngster to standout starter for the national team. (Christopher Bromley – whitecapsfc.com)

For those of us that are still fired up about yesterday’s SuperDraft and Whitecaps’ acquisitions, whitecapsfc.com gives you a complete breakdown of news stories, photos and videos of the event. Get the inside scoop on “The day that was.” (whitecapsfc.com)

Tired of being on the sidelines? Want a chance to prove you've got what it takes to be a part of the Vancouver Whitecaps team? Volunteering with Whitecaps FC is an ideal starting point for anyone looking to work in the sports industry, check out how you can get involved with your favourite soccer club HERE! (Paul Albi & Alexis Demmery – whitecapsfc.com)