'Caps Chronicle: Worth the risk

Scouting of Martin Bonjour was unorthodox, but paying dividends

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

Three matches and three clean sheets are a huge testament to the commitment to team defence. The partnership at centre back between captain Jay DeMerit  and Argentinean defender Martin Bonjour has been key to the ‘Caps success. Bonjour's journey to Vancouver started in the most interesting of ways. Check out Marc Weber’s story on how coach Rennie scouted Bonjour and how that gamble is paying off. (Marc Weber - The Province)

While the 'Caps were playing at BC Place on Saturday, youngsters Bryce Alderson and Russell Teibert helped the Canadian U-23 national team to a historic result over the United States, as the Red and White recorded a 2-0 victory over the Stars and Stripes. This afternoon, the Canadians take on Cuba, and with a win can clinch a berth in the semi-finals and an opportunity to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)

It turned out to be a fantastic day for Canadian soccer, as our ladies earned a huge 2-1 victory over a powerful Brazilian team. The match was highlighted by two goals from 'Caps alum and Canadian captain Christine Sinclair and some strong play by goalkeeper Katrina LeBlanc of Maple Ridge. (Marc Weber-The Province)

If you have been to ‘Caps Kickoff on Terry Fox plaza before a Whitecaps FC match, you know that there are some great activities for fans of all ages to participate in. One of those activities is a demonstration of some great ball juggling. Speaking of fancy footwork, moves like that and other soccer tricks can be found in the new EA SPORTS FIFA Street videogame. Make sure you check out this review about the brand new soccer videogame. (Paul Chapman - 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. 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:

It was a wild, wild weekend in the world of North American soccer with some major upsets both on the MLS side and CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying. Make sure you check out the Monday Postgame to catch-up on all of the highlights of the weekend. (John Bolster - MLSsoccer.com)

Defence has been the name of the game so far, three games into head coach Martin Rennie’s tenure in Vancouver. Three games and three clean sheets can only look good for the future. A 0-0 draw against D.C. United included another possible Save of the Week candidate by ‘Caps keeper Joe Cannon. (Martin MacMahon - MLSsoccer.com)

The ‘Caps battled D.C. United to a scoreless draw on the weekend in a highly contested match. Make sure to check out the match report and video highlights. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)