'Caps Chronicle: Camp at even keel
WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
They may be in the middle of the desert, but it's been smooth sailing in Vancouver Whitecaps FC's preseason camp. With Le Toux settling in well, Camilo's contract negotiations complete, and the team continuing to get fit, the course of preseason seems to be on an even keel. Bruce Constantineau from the Vancouver Sun has the latest. (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)
The excitement is starting to brew on Vancouver Island in anticipation of our Feb 19th preseason friendly against the University of Victoria Vikes. The tradition was on a temporary hiatus for Whitecaps FC's inauguaral MLS season, but Vikes head coach Bruce Wilson now says that Victoria can now count on an annual visit from Whitecaps FC. (Travis Paterson - Victoria News)
The latest poll on MLSsoccer.com asks which MLS off-season signing is the best so far, and lists stalwart Whitecaps defender Young-Pyo Lee as a candidate. Weigh in with your opinion by participating in the poll HERE! (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 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:
Carl Valentine, a legendary marksman in his own right, was blown away by the caliber of firepower currently in Whitecaps FC's preseason camp as they prepare to set their sights on March 10th's First Kick season opener. Catch up with Carl in his latest report from the frontlines in Casa Grande, Arizona. (Carl Valentine & Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com)
Speaking of First Kick, 'Caps fans had a shot at delivering a 'knock-out punch' to the opposition when the 'Caps street team were ringside at Waterfront Station as part of Whitecaps FC's Round 2 marketing campaign. Want to prove you're a contender and have your photo taken delivering a killer blow to rival MLS clubs? Keep an eye out for the next Round 2 event. On February 9, they'll be at the Commercial-Broadway skytrain station and on February 13 at Richmond-Brighouse station. (Paul Albi –whitecapsfc.com)
It wasn't exactly a California dream for Whitecaps FC's Residency squads last month, which is why this weekend they'll be going back to Cali with a chip on their shoulder. Whitecaps FC's Christopher Bromley previews the weekend matchups. (Christopher Bromley - whitecapsfc.com)
CANADIAN SOCCER SCENE:
The stage is now set for Canada's Men's National Team to take the spotlight as the Canadian Soccer Association announced the schedule for their FIFA World Cup Qualifiers yesterday. It will be a crucial season for the men in red and white, who will be hoping for the type of support the Women's side received at BC Place during the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. (Canadian Soccer Association)
This season is no ordinary one for the Canadian Soccer Association , who celebrate their centennial anniversary this year. To commemorate 100 years the Association and Umbro Canada unveiled the new official team kits of Canada's men's and women's national teams. You can check out the latest outfit at Umbro's website HERE. (Canadian Soccer Association)
It seems another important game will be taking place in the east, this time for Whitecaps women’s side as it was announced today that Ottawa will play host to the W-League championship this year. The Ottawa Citizen’s Richard Starnes tells how the, “The finals of the most important women's soccer championship in North America are coming to Ottawa in July.” (Richard Starnes – Ottawa Citizen)