'Caps first training session at Disney
KISSIMMEE, FL - Whitecaps FC kicked off the fifth week of their seven-week Major League Soccer preseason today on the Hess Sports Fields at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. During the club's two-week stay in the Sunshine State, head coach Martin Rennie's side will focus on tactics and team chemistry, as they build towards First Kick 2012 against Canadian rivals and MLS expansion club Montreal Impact at BC Place on Saturday, March 10.
Today's session saw the team split into four groups: goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders, and strikers. The keepers initially worked together with goalkeeper coach Marius Rovde, then joined in with the other three groups. Assistant coaches Jake DeClute and Carl Robinson worked with the defenders and midfielders respectively, while Rennie and assistant Paul Ritchie spent the majority of their time with the strikers. CLICK HERE for photos from today's session.
Vancouver will train at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for the rest of the week before their first match of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic on Friday at 5 p.m. PT against Montreal. For additional info on the Disney Pro Soccer Classic, CLICK HERE.
Rennie's Florida traveling roster includes the 26 roster players, with striker Omar Salgado set to join the team following a United States U-20 national team camp on Friday, March 2. Trialists Etienne Barbara, Bilal Duckett, and Greg Klazura, as well as Residency players Caleb Clarke, Callum Irving, and Sean Melvin are also with the team in Florida.