'Caps Chronicle: ‘Caps cowboy up for first friendly

Seattle showdown in the desert today

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

The men’s team gets back in the saddle today for a preseason showdown against Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders FC in Casa Grande, Arizona. One Whitecaps player who's particularly excited to be dusting off his boots is striker Atiba Harris. Harris missed most of last season after undergoing two knee surgeries, but now he's back with a bullet, telling the Province's Marc Weber, "I’m just looking forward to getting back on the pitch and doing what I can to help this team and make this city proud." (Marc Weber – The Province)

Whitecaps FC's Stuart Neely will be a featured guest on the latest edition of the podcast It's Called Football this evening. Neely was recently named head of player management and advancement for the club’s Residency program. Be sure to listen in to get the latest on Whitecaps player development and how he's adjusting to wearing blue and white after suiting up in the red and white of TFC for four years. (Ben Rycroft – It's Called Football)

Experiencing women’s soccer withdrawal after the crest of excitement with women’s Olympic qualifiers now being over? Daniel Squizzato from Canadian Soccer News has just the thing as he takes a look at the next generation of Canadian women’s soccer talent in his story: Just who is the next Christine Sinclair? Not surprisingly two talented past members of the Whitecaps FC women’s squad, Jenna Richardson and Chelsea Buckland, are included in the feature. (Daniel Squizzato – Canadian Soccer News)

Steve Nash may play for the Phoenix Suns during the day, but when he closes his eyes at night it's soccer that he dreams of. The part-owner of Whitecaps FC tells reporters in India that when he finally hangs up his sneakers it's Whitecaps FC that will occupy his full attention, "Once I do call it a day, I want to focus on the club.” (Shail Desai –  Hindustan Times)

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 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:

Whitecaps FC's cast of strikers will finally be unholstered as the team plays its first preseason matchup against Pacific Northwest foes Seattle Sounders FC today. Check out the match preview as coach Martin Rennie prepares to pull back the curtains on his retooled Whitecaps squad. (Simon Fudge & Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com)

The break-neck pace of the Major League Soccer (MLS) preseason refuses to let up with wave after wave of high-profile signings and notable departures. Be sure to dive into the latest edition of Around Major League Soccer, as the soccer encyclopedia Simon Fudge brings you up to speed and makes sense of it all. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)

Atiba Harris isn't the only player returning to the lineup after time away due to injury. The legend Carl Valentine provides some insight as to the impact that having a number of key players back to full health will have on the team. (Carl Valentine & Zac Ratcliffe - whitecapsfc.com)

It was a weekend of mixed results for Whitecaps FC Residency squads. Simon Fudge gives you the low-down on Saturday's U-16 win and U-18 loss against Cal Odyssey, while Brandon Timko reports on Sunday's action as both sides faced the academy squads from fellow MLS club San Jose Earthquakes. (Simon Fudge & Brandon Timko - whitecapsfc.com)

Whitecaps preseason training camp returned to Casa Grande, Arizona this week for the third season running. Carl Valentine gives you the behind-the-scenes tour of this soccer oasis in the middle of the desert, explaining why the 'Caps and so many other MLS sides keep coming back. (Carl Valentine & Zac Ratcliffe - whitecapsfc.com)