‘Caps Chronicle: True Grit
WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
After a staggered start to Week 7 for Whitecaps FC in Major League Soccer (MLS) with a loss to Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday, Rennie's squad bounced back to show some true grit on Saturday against FC Dallas. Camilo returned to the starting XI after fully recovering from his quadricep injury and danced his way through two defenders before launching the winning goal into the net. More a man of action than words, the Brazilian had a very simple explanation of how the goal came to be, “[Young-Pyo] Lee gave me the pass, and I dribbled and scored. This is good for us.” (Martin MacMahon - the11.ca)
Now it's our turn to do something good for Camilo. Everyone's favourite Brazilian is up for yet another Goal of the Week nomination so be sure to vote at home, vote at work and vote on your mobile devices. (MLSsoccer.com)
The entire squad was steadfast in their resolve to earn the squad their fifth shut-out of the season on Saturday. One matchup in particular that head coach Martin Rennie was curious to see play out was how right fullback Young-Pyo Lee would fare with Dallas winger Brek Shea, who has as many tricks up his sleeve as he's had curious haircuts in the last two seasons, as one reporter noted. "Rennie commented post-game that he was interested to see how Lee would cope with the pacey Brek Shea. Amazingly well as it turned out. So much so that Dallas moved Shea to the other wing towards the end of the game." (Michael McColl - Away From The Numbers)
In his own words Rennie said Lee has been “fantastic” all season. “He is the kind of person that we want to keep getting on our team,” he said. “[It’s] almost impossible to find another one, but we’re going to work hard to do that and we’re happy we’ve got him.” (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)
'Caps forward Omar Salgado also showed some poise on Saturday, making his first appearance as a starter this season. Coach Rennie expressed a high opinion of Salgado noting that, "he's the best player at the club at crossing the ball with pressure on him. He did it twice, once in each half, and if we'd been in better positions maybe we'd have got a goal from it." (Marc Weber - The Province)
Striker Darren Mattocks was the first pick by Whitecaps FC in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft and now he's been selected by his native Jamaica as well. Mattocks was named as one of four forwards to be summoned to play for the Reggae Boyz. as he remains on the recovery trail and hopes to be back on the field soon. (Sean A. Williams - The Jamaica Observer)
Meanwhile in the Prairies, the 'Caps held a clinic in Saskatoon this weekend, with discussions on future affiliations. 49 boys and girls from throughout the area attended the three-day clinic, as Whitecaps FC continue to maintain their commitment to raising the level of awareness for soccer across Canada, while also "identifying some top talent". (Darren Zary - The StarPheonix)
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 inHERE!
Have you heard about ‘The Soccer Show’ with Nigel Reed and Bob Iarusci? Make sure to listen HERE!
WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:
When it comes to the 'Caps, club correspondent Simon Fudge doesn't miss a thing. That's why if you missed even a minute of Saturday's match against FC Dallas you should look to the authority on all things soccer to catch up HERE. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)
The 'Caps weren't the only excitement on the pitch in Major League Soccer this weekend. From upsets, to streaks, to red cards aplenty, catch up with what's happening around the league in the Monday Postgame. (John Bolster - MLSsoccer.com)
While the 'Caps were red hot this weekend there was also some Coldplay at BC Place recently as lead guitarist Jonny Buckland and drummer Will Champion from the legendary rock band strapped on some cleats and met captain Jay DeMerit. (Zac Ratcliffe & Nathan Vanstone - whitecapsfc.com)
Whitecaps FC residency squads went four for four this weekend in Southern California. Both the U-16 and U-18 squads tallied wins against DeAnza Force on Saturday; and both squads would fire while the iron was hot yet again, earning wins against Santa Cruz Breakers on Sunday with each clinching a spot in the playoffs through the result. (Christopher Bromley & Joshua Nanavaty - whitecapsfc.com)
In a busy weekend of soccer, Whitecaps FC reserves also took to the pitch in a match against Portland Timbers reserves on Sunday afternoon. While the 'Caps were able to create a number of chances on net they ultimately fell 3-0 to their Pacific Northwest rivals. “There were a lot of positives in the game, and I was delighted with the players’ attitude and application today.” (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)