'Caps Chronicle: Familiar faces in Amway Canadian Championship

Whitecaps FC in the news - Feb. 1, 2012

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS

Now that the semi-final matchups for the 2012 Amway Canadian Championship are set, we can begin looking ahead to the interprovincial encounters. For Whitecaps FC fans, that means the return of several familiar faces on FC Edmonton. “Vancouver’s a beautiful city, and I can’t wait to play in BC Place,” said former 'Caps player Alex Semenets. “I’ve been looking forward to the game since we all first heard that we were going to play the Whitecaps. But, there are a lot of people at the club who I respect and admire.” (Steven Sandor – The11.ca)

The big news yesterday was the ‘Caps acquisition of Sebastian Le Toux, adding to an already potent attack. Le Toux gives his thoughts on Vancouver Whitecaps FC, the Cascadia rivalry, and the possible French connection between him and Eric Hassli. (Marc Weber – The Province)

Head coach Martin Rennie, meanwhile, talked about the acquisition of Sebastian Le Toux from the team’s preseason camp in Casa Grande, Arizona. He believes Le Toux posseses tremendous skill that will greatly benefit the club in the upcoming season. (Monte Stewart – The Canadian Press)

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, Victoria Highlanders FC, men's and women's Canadian national teams, and local community clubs be sure to listen in HERE!

WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE

February 19th should prove a good weekend for a road-trip for Whitecaps fans as a matchup against University of Victoria CIS National champion side the UVic Vikes is now official, get the full details HERE.

Whitecaps FC made waves yesterday with their acquisition of Sebastian Le Toux. Today, they re-signed their player of the year and top goal scorer in 2011, Camilo Sanvezzo. With Camilo, Eric Hassli and Sebastian Le Toux Whitecaps FC are the only MLS team with three players who scored 10 goals or more. (whitecapsfc.com)

Yesterday, Whitecaps FC travelled to Casa Grande, Arizona. Carl Valentine and Zac Ratcliffe are travelling with the team and they captured all of the team’s candid moments on the trip down to “The Valley of the Sun.” Check out all those insider moments HERE! (Carl Valentine and Zac Ratcliffe- whitecapsfc.com)

Group tickets are now available. When you purchase group tickets they come with some awesome benefits for you and your group. Check out what these past group leaders had to say about their experiences last year. (Joshua Nanavaty, Carl Valentine and Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com)

CANADIAN SOCCER SCENE

Following a very successful 2012 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament at BC Place, head coach John Herdman and players on Canada’s women’s national team were thrown a curve ball on Monday when the Women’s Professional Soccer league (WPS) announced that they were suspending operations for the 2012 season. With this news, several prominent national team players could potentially be looking at playing with Whitecaps FC this summer ahead of the London 2012 Olympics. (Bruce Constantineau – The Vancouver Sun)