‘Caps Chronicle: Growing up fast
WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
Canada continues to be a hot-bed for young talented soccer players. From the tremendous showing of the Canadian Under-23 team, to Whitecaps FC Residency players such as Sam Adekugbe (pictured) who just recently turned 17 and impressed his coaches in yesterday's Reserve match versus Seattle. "Individually, I think there were a lot of good performances," explained Whitecaps FC assistant coach Paul Ritchie. "Performances from the younger players they can be proud of." (Marc Weber - The Province)
Those youngsters will be hoping to play in MLS one day, who have started the season undefeated with none conceded in three matches. This has been no small feat for the 'Caps, and a big reason that's been able to happen goes by the name of Joe Cannon. One reporter explains how, "Once again, goalkeeper Joe Cannon played a huge part in preserving the shutout, making a vital reaction save off a Hamdi Salihi header in the 67th minute in what was the highlight of a stifling defensive chess match." (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com)
Not surprisingly that highlight earned Cannon his second Major League Soccer (MLS) Save of the Week nomination. Cannon got the nod last week for his save on a strike by Chivas USA's Casey Townsend, and his heroics ended up winning by a landslide. Be sure to cast your vote and show your support for our prolific shot stopper once again to ensure he gets the credit he deserves! (MLSsoccer.com)
Whitecaps FC centreback Michael Boxall is eager for his own opportunity to shine. The New Zealander was solid at centre back for the 'Caps reserves yesterday in their match against Seattle. (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)
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. Check out their latest episode featuring former national team manager Tony Waiters along with former national team member and Vancouver Whitecap Martin Nash. Have a listen HERE!
Have you heard about ‘The Soccer Show’ with Nigel Reed and Bob Iarusci? Make sure to listen HERE!
WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:
There’s more than meets the eye for the ’Caps player known affectionately as “Bright Eyes.” Read all about the storied career of Korean fullback Young-Pyo Lee, including how he earned his nickname. (Christopher Bromley - whitecapsfc.com)
With beautiful weather all weekend, Whitecaps FC held the first ever boys edition of the Whitecaps FC College Showcase at Newton Athletic Park, hosted by Central City Breakers and Surrey FC. “We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect setting for the showcase,” exclaimed Dan Lenarduzzi, Whitecaps FC director of soccer development. “Feedback from everyone involved has been fantastic, so all-in-all it was a very successful event.” (Brandon Timko, Paul Albi & Carl Valentine (video) - whitecapsfc.com)
When the 'Caps and the Sounders hit the pitch it's always bound to be exciting. Playing in their first reserve match of the season, Monday's encounter proved to be no different. Be sure to read up on the match and watch the video of Carlyle Mitchell's game tying goal. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)
The Canadian men's U-23 team was seconds away from topping their group at the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic qualifying tournament, but instead were held to a 1-1 draw and a second place group finish in the dying moments of their match against Cuba on Monday. (Gavin Day - MLSsoccer.com)