'Caps Chronicle: Versatility and Reliability

Harris is healthy for 2012 and looking to make an impact

'Caps Chronicle - Feb. 24, 2012

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Photo by Bob Frid/Vancouver Whitecaps FC

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

Atiba Harris was having a career season last year with Whitecaps FC until he had a devastating knee injury. Two goals and three assists, all in a five match span, was an outstanding start for the striker. Once he got injured, the club and Harris both decided to err on the side of caution. However, he trained all off-season in LA, and now his versatility and reliability are viewed as key parts of a Whitecaps FC team looking to get off to a good start in 2012. (Bruce Constantineau - The Vancouver Sun)

Defence was coach Martin Rennie’s focus in Casa Grande, however offence is the name of the game in Florida as the staff explore the squad's multiple attacking options. With such offensive stars as Camilo, Hassli, and Le Toux coupled with Rennie’s attacking style, you can expect to see an exciting level of soccer each time the ‘Caps take the pitch. (Marc Weber - The Province)

Jay DeMerit can’t wait for First Kick on Saturday, March 10, versus rivals Montreal Impact. “Overall, it's positive because we've added experience and quality and those things, at certain times last year, I felt we lacked,” DeMerit said in an interview with The Canadian Press. ‘Caps supporters should be just as excited, with just a little over two weeks left to First Kick. (The Canadian Press)

Young-Pyo Lee, Sebastien Le Toux, and Rick Celebrini. What do these guys have in common? Well, they were all key off-season additions to Whitecaps FC. However, the addition of Dr. Celebrini may be the biggest and best off-season signing. Marc Weber tells you why in his article. (Marc Weber- The Province)

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:

This weekend is a huge one for Whitecaps FC, as they have two preseason tilts on tap in sunny Orlando, Florida. The first of those matches is today versus Montreal Impact. This match will act as interesting precursor to First Kick on Saturday, March 10. Whitecaps FC will then face the reigning Eastern Conference champions Houston Dynamo on Sunday. This will be a tough test for the ‘Caps, as Houston will be riding high with the return of their former captain Brian Ching. Make sure you check out the match previews. (Carl Valentine - whitecapsfc.com)

This weekend will mark an exciting milestone for soccer in British Columbia, as the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League (BCSPL) will kick off its first full season. This announcement is huge for youth soccer in BC, and for the development of youth soccer players. To learn more about the BCSPL read about it HERE. (whitecapsfc.com)

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)