'Caps Chronicle: Man on a mission

Robson intent on leading Boro to glory before joining 'Caps

WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:

Determination, tenacity, leadership. These are all characteristics that you can expect from Barry Robson when he joins Whitecaps FC this summer. But before coming to Vancouver, he's doing everything he can to go out on top and get Middlesbrough to the English Premier League. (Sky Sports)

Back here in North America, Week Four of the MLS season in the books, and that means that the latest Power Rankings are out. With a 2W-0L-2D record and eight out of twelve points collected, the Blue and White continue to garner positive evaluations. MLSsoccer.com has ranked the ‘Caps seventh and ESPN.com has them in the sixth spot. (MLSsoccer.com and ESPN.com)

Whitecaps FC are off to a great start this season, collecting eight out of twelve possible points. With an upcoming Western Conference showdown against San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday the team will try to focus on taking an important three points on the road as they look to climb further up the Western Conference standings. Make sure to check out James Ross’s blog as he details the ‘Caps fantastic start from a fan’s perspective. (James Ross - Sportsnet.ca)

Speaking of great starts, with two Save of the Week awards already under his belt and four consecutive clean sheets, Joe Cannon is off to one of his best starts in his career. (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)

The ‘Caps are about to get some new competition in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA). Two of their biggest MLS foes, Portland Timbers and Montreal Impact, will have both U-16 and U-18 teams competing in the USSDA next year, boosting the number of teams MLS clubs in the league to 17 overall. Portland will play against Whitecaps FC in the West Conference, while Montreal becomes the second Canadian team to enter the USSDA, following in the footsteps of the 'Caps last year. (USSoccer.com)

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:

Yesterday was a big day for soccer in the province of BC as local club teams were drawn into the bracket for their respective BC Soccer Provincial Cup tournaments. Carl Valentine and Paul Albi were on the scene to catch all of the excitement. Make sure to check out their report HERE! (Carl Valentine & Paul Albi - whitecapsfc.com)

Throughout this season we'll be catching up with Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Vancouver 86ers alumni in a new Where are they now feature. First up, all-time great Canadian goalkeeper Paul Dolan. (Carl Valentine - whitecapsfc.com)