‘Caps Chronicle: Better with age

Whitecaps new and old prove experience is the key to success

'Caps Chronicle - Feb. 22, 2012

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Photo by Bob Frid

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

Some things just get better with age, a fine wine, a sharp cheddar, your favourite pair of jeans, Betty White, and sometimes even soccer players.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC 'keeper Joe Cannon is a prime example. The 37-year-old's experience between the sticks and leadership ability makes him an invaluable asset to the team. "Sometimes goalkeepers do become better with age," coach Martin Rennie told the Vancouver Sun. "...they learn little things about angles and positioning and decicision-making." (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)

Another player who shows no signs of slowing down is former Whitecaps striker Eddie Sebrango, who turns 39 this year and just inked a Major League Soccer (MLS) contract with Montreal Impact yesterday. First Kick on March 10 at BC Place will be a reunion of sorts for the striker, who is the 10th all-time leading scorer for Vancouver, notching 45 goals in 95 appearances from 2006 to 2008. As one reporter explained, “He is a model professional and a fitness nut, and his self-belief kept him focused.” (Marc Weber – The Province)

Finally, a current 'Caps player that seems to just get better and better is midfield maestro Davide Chiumiento. While still only 27, the talented midfielder has been showing tremendous preseason form including his performance in the friendly against the University of Victoria Vikes last weekend which had coach Rennie declaring as the “best performance I’ve seen from him so far.” (Tyler Green – 24hrs)

 

WHITECAPS FC PODCASTS & RADIO:

‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad is back in its usual 3:00 p.m. timeslot on TEAM 1410 sports radio! 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’ with Nigel Reed and Bob Iarusci? Make sure to listen HERE!

 

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:

Got a new idea for a Whitecaps chant? How about a favourite match-day ritual? Whether you're new to the 'Caps or have been supporting us since 1974, we really want to hear from you! Visit our Superfan submission page HERE to tell us about your fan experience for a chance to be included in one of our Match Day programs, or even get featured on our website! (whitecapsfc.com)
 
One player hoping to learn from the experience of others this season is the latest addition to the 'Caps roster, Greg Klazura. The signing of the former Notre Dame Fighting Irish captain was announced this morning and the rookie couldn't be happier, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be a member of such a storied club and excited to start my professional soccer career with Whitecaps FC,” said Klazura. “Vancouver has the reputation for having some of the best fans in MLS and I look forward to seeing and hearing them at BC Place.” (whitecapsfc.com)
 
Whitecaps FC U-14 Residency squads had a great learning experience down in sunny San Jose last weekend. They took to the field against fellow pre-academy squads from Major League Soccer clubs LA Galaxy, hosts San Jose Earthquakes, and Portland Timbers for the President’s Day Showcase. Brandon Timko has the details. (Brandon Timko - whitecapsfc.com)
 
While Residency squads dream of one day making it as professional footballers, the first squad took to the field in the land where dreams really do come true. The 'Caps are in Kissimmee, Florida for preseason training before their first match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic tournament on Friday at 5 p.m. PT against Montreal. Check out how they’re progressing in our latest video. (whitecapsfc.com)