Whitecaps FC training camp preview

Includes 35-man preseason roster

VANCOUVER, BC - Over the last couple of days, YVR has seen a flood of new, old, and hopeful Whitecaps FC players arriving in Metro Vancouver for the start of the 2013 preseason training camp. With only six weeks until kickoff, players will be working hard over the next month and a half as First Kick is set for March 2 against Canadian arch-rivals Toronto FC.

The players and coaches will begin on-field preseason camp at Burnaby Lake West from Monday, January 21, to Friday, January 25, followed by nine days at Grande Sports World in Casa Grande, Arizona, with the team departing for the Grand Canyon State on Monday, January 28. While in Arizona, the ‘Caps will play a pair preseason matches against MLS sides New England Revolution and Houston Dynamo.

Head coach Martin Rennie has build out a calculated preseason plan, which will include a number of on field and gym sessions, as well as seven preseason matches.

“Everyone is excited to return to Vancouver and kick off the new season," said Rennie. "We have more than 20 returning players and during the short but busy off-season we have added some new faces and expect a very entraining and competitive training camp. We accomplished a lot of firsts in 2012, however we all recognize that was only the beginning."

Following the annual trip to Arizona, players will return to Vancouver on February 8 for a few days of training at Burnaby Lake West. The team will then head to Charleston, South Carolina, where they will play a series of matches against Charleston Battery (February 16), College of Charleston (February 17), Houston Dynamo (February 20), and Chicago Fire (February 23), before a trip to Cary, North Carolina, for a return match against Carolina RailHawks (February 24).

The team returns to Vancouver on February 25 for the final week of preseason training at their new home, the National Soccer Development Centre at the University of British Columbia.

With a busy six-week schedule ahead of them, Whitecaps FC players, coaches, and staff will be looking forward to seeing a packed BC Place on March 2, as the club kicks off their third season in MLS.

PLAYERS INFORMATION:

On January 19, the 2013 preseason roster includes 35 players, including 24 players under contract.

Major League Soccer experience

  • 2011: 8 had MLS experience
  • 2012: 19 had MLS experience
  • 2013: 25 have MLS experience

Nationalities

  • 13 different birth countries represented: Argentina (1), Brazil (2), Canada (10), England (2), The Gambia (1), Ghana (1), Jamaica (2), Japan (1), Kenya (1), Scotland (2), South Korea (1), Trinidad & Tobago (1), and United States (10)

10 Canadians

  • 4 signed to roster - Alderson, Clarke, Rochat, and Teibert
  • 6 trialists – Fisk, Melvin, Fresenga, James, Lensky, and Thomas

10 Americans

  • 8 signed to roster - Cannon, DeMerit, Harvey, Hurtado, Klazura, Knighton, Rusin, and Salgado
  • 2 trialist – Hertzog and Heinemann

By positions

  • 4 goalkeepers
  • 10 defenders
  • 14 midfielders
  • 7 forwards

Whitecaps FC 2013 preseason roster - subject to change:

# PLAYER POS PLACE OF BIRTH DOB CITZEN HT WT 'CAPS MLS
1 Joe Cannon G Sun Valley, ID 75.01.01 USA 6-02 200 3rd 16th
2 Brad Rusin D Crown Point, IN 86.09.05 USA 6-05 210 1st 1st
3 Jordan Harvey D/M Mission Viejo, CA 84.01.28 USA 5-11 170 3rd 8th
4 Alain Rochat D Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC 83.02.01 CAN/SUI 6-00 170 3rd 3rd
6 Jay DeMerit D Green Bay, WI 79.12.04 USA 6-01 180 3rd 3rd
7 Camilo Sanvezzo M/F Presidente Prudente, Brazil 88.07.21 BRA 5-07 155 3rd 3rd
8 Matt Watson M Bromsgrove, England 85.01.01 ENG/USA 6-00 180 2nd 2nd
9 Kenny Miller F Edinburgh, Scotland 79.12.23 SCO 5-10 155 2nd 2nd
11 Darren Mattocks F Portmore, Jamaica 90.09.02 JAM 5-10 155 2nd 2nd
12 Young-Pyo Lee D Hongcheon-gun, South Korea 77.04.23 KOR 5-09 150 2nd 2nd
14 Barry Robson M Inverurie, Scotland 78.11.07 SCO 5-11 165 2nd 2nd
15 Martin Bonjour D Carhué, Argentina 85.09.04 ARG 6-03 190 2nd 2nd
16 Erik Hurtado M/F Fredericksburg, VA 90.11.15 USA 5-09 180 0 0

17

Omar Salgado F El Paso, TX 93.09.10 USA/MEX 6-04 210 3rd 3rd
18 Brad Knighton G Hickory, NC 85.02.06 USA 6-02 200 2nd 6th
19 Carlyle Mitchell D Arima, Trinidad 87.08.08 TRI 6-02 175 3rd 3rd
23 Kekuta Manneh M/F Bakau, The Gambia 94.12.30 GAM/USA 5-09 145 1st 1st
27 Jun Marques Davidson M Tokyo, Japan 83.06.07 JPN/USA 6-01 165 2nd 2nd
28 Gershon Koffie M Koforidua, Ghana 91.08.25 GHA 5-11 160 4th 3rd
32 Greg Klazura D/M Leominster, MA 89.01.27 USA 5-11 165 2nd 2nd
34 Caleb Clarke F Richmond, BC 93.06.23 CAN 6-01 165 4th 2nd
36 Bryce Alderson M Kitchener, ON 94.02.05 CAN 5-10 170 3rd 2nd
40 Andy O'Brien D Harrogate, England 79.06.29 ENG/IRL 6-03 205 2nd 2nd
                   
AWAY ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY              
31 Russell Teibert M Niagara Falls, ON 92.12.22 CAN 5-08 150 5th 3rd
                   
TRIALIST                
22 Paulo Jr. M Teresina, Brazil 89.01.23 BRA 5-08 160 0 3
26 Corey Hertzog F Reading, PA 90.08.01 USA 5-11 175 0 2
29 Tom Heinemann F St. Louis, MO 87.04.23 USA 6-04 190 0 2
30 Ben Fisk M/F Vancouver, BC 93.02.04 CAN 5-10 165 5th 0
35 Crispin Olando M Narobi, Kenya 88.05.05 KEN 5-10 155 0 0
42 Dever Orgill F Port Antonio, Jamaica 90.03.08 JAM 5-10 175 3 0
43 Jacob Lensky M Vancouver, BC 88.12.06 CAN 6-00 180 0 0
44 Sean Melvin GK Victoria, BC 94.07.09 CAN 6-04 190 4th 0
                   
TRIALIST AWAY ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY            
33 Andrés Fresenga D Toronto, ON 92.10.13 CAN 5-10 185 0 0
41 Evan James M/F Toronto, ON 90.06.19 CAN 5-08 160 0 1
39 Simon Thomas GK Victoria, BC 90.04.12 CAN 6-02 185 4 0