‘Caps Chronicle: Grade ‘A’
WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
It's exactly ‘six’ days until the season opener against Montreal Impact on March 10, at BC Place, so to add to the excitement we'll be doing a countdown themed ‘Caps Chronicle for each day leading up to First Kick. Let’s take a look at the number ‘six’.
Number ‘six’ for Vancouver Whitecaps FC is none other than captain Jay DeMerit who helped the back-line yesterday earn a clean sheet, as the team claimed the championship title at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Orlando, Florida, against rivals Toronto FC. MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg is a strong believer in Whitecaps FC this year, giving coach Martin Rennie's squad's performance an "A" grade at the preseason tournament. “The stockpile of attacking talent may get all the pub, but Vancouver’s back line quietly registered four shutouts and always looked in control, whoever Rennie fielded. That’s also a testament to the depth on the Vancouver roster, arguably the best in the entire league.” (Simon Borg – MLSsoccer.com)
If Demerit continues his solid preseason form into the regular season, don't be surprised if the U.S. men's national team comes knocking again. The stalwart defender was a mainstay for his national team before becoming injured last year. With his return to health he's eager to get back on the squad's radar telling one reporter, “If I'm fit and healthy ready to go and I get called up, I would definitely go and continue to play for the national team.” (John Molinaro – Sportsnet)
After winning the Disney championship yesterday, DeMerit and many of his teammates took a much deserved break from play as the rest of the squad squared off against coach Rennie's former club, Carolina RailHawks. Chiumiento continued his impressive preseason form, setting up striker Long Tan for Whitecaps FC's first goal of the match. Tan then returned the favour in the 90th minute with a through ball to Chiumiento who buried it to tie the match a 2-2. With the game going to penalties Chiumiento and Le Toux both found the back of the net, but it wasn't enough as Carolina would go on to win the Community Shield. (Michael McColl – Canadian Soccer News)
‘Six’ is also the number that Kaylyn Kyle of Canada's women's national team wore when the Red and White defeated their Dutch counterparts at the Cyprus Women's Cup earlier today. Big Red will be hoping to maintain their three game undefeated streak this Tuesday, March ‘sixth’, when they attempt to capture their third Cyprus Women's Cup title in the final match against France. The French team is currently ranked ‘sixth’, world-wide, only one place ahead of Canada. (Canadian Soccer Association)
Canada's Under-20 women's national team fared equally well, continuing their unbeaten streak at the CONCACAF U-20 women's soccer championship yesterday, downing Jamaica 2-0. 2011 'Caps striker Jenna Richardson opened the scoring in the 76th minute. ‘Six’ minutes later her compatriot Christine Exeter added to the lead, heading a corner neatly passed the Jamaican keeper. You can read all about the match HERE. (The Canadian Press – CBC)
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. HERE!
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:
‘Six’ was also the number of goals scored by Vancouver Whitecaps Residency squads yesterday at both U-18 and U-16 defeated their San Jose Earthquakes counterparts by a score of 3-0. Brandon Timko has the details HERE. (Brandon Timko – whitecapsfc.com)