Whitecaps FC get back to work

Hear from coaches and players after the first day of preseason

BURNABY, BC - The 2013 Whitecaps FC preseason training camp officially kicked off at Burnaby Lake West on Monday in cold and foggy conditions, with a large contingent of media on hand to watch. The first session was an opportunity for most players to get reacquainted with each other, as well as to meet some new faces – some who have already been added to the roster and others who are looking to earn their spot.

Players training with the ‘Caps for the first time included new centre back Brad Rusin and SuperDraft picks Kekuta Manneh and Erik Hurtado. A number of unsigned players were also at practice on Monday, including Re-Entry draft pick-up Paulo Jr., Kenyan midfielder Crispin Olando, and MLS-experienced strikers Tom Heinemann and Corey Hertzog.

There will be another new face joining the fold at training this week as Canadian international defender/midfielder Jaime Peters arrives in Vancouver Monday night.

The 25-year-old former Ipswich Town player will go through his medical on Tuesday before attending training. Whether or not he can prove to add a new dimension to the ‘Caps will be an interesting storyline as preseason progresses.

There were a few players who were not on the training field. Omar Salgado continues his recovery from last year’s foot injury and will be working with the club’s sports science team off the pitch. Bryce Alderson was also absent from training with a sore knee and will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. Andy O’Brien left training early with a minor ankle sprain, as did trialist Dever Orgill who is expected to receive treatment on a sore right heel for the remainder of the week.

Russell Teibert was also missing, as were trialists Andres Fresenga, Evan James, and Simon Thomas, as all four are currently with away at training camp with the Canadian men’s national team. Experienced keeper Joe Cannon and defender Martin Bonjour were also absent on Monday due to personal reasons.

The big news of the day was the departure of midfielder Barry Robson, who moved on from the club by mutual decision.

As far as what happened on the field, the coaching staff eased the squad into training with a light workout that consisted of small-sided games and some crossing and finishing.

Watch the video to hear from head coach Martin Rennie, new centre back Rusin, SuperDraft picks Manneh and Hurtado, striker Kenny Miller, and captain Jay DeMerit.

Plus, get Jay's opinion on The Province reporter Marc Weber's new shoes.

PLAYERS INFORMATION - updated January 21:

The 2013 preseason roster includes 36 players, including 23 players under contract.

Major League Soccer experience

  • 2011: 8 had MLS experience
  • 2012: 19 had MLS experience
  • 2013: 24 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 (1), South Korea (1), Trinidad & Tobago (1), and United States (10)

12 Canadians

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

10 Americans

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

By positions

  • 5 goalkeepers
  • 11 defenders
  • 13 midfielders
  • 7 forwards

Whitecaps FC 2013 preseason roster - subject to change:

# PLAYER POS DOB CITZEN CAPS MLS
3 Jordan Harvey D/M 84.01.28 USA 3rd 8th
4 Alain Rochat D 83.02.01 CAN/SUI 3rd 3rd
6 Jay DeMerit D 79.12.04 USA 3rd 3rd
37 Camilo Sanvezzo M/F 88.07.21 BRA 3rd 3rd
8 Matt Watson M 85.01.01 ENG/USA 2nd 2nd
9 Kenny Miller F 79.12.23 SCO 2nd 2nd
11 Darren Mattocks F 90.09.02 JAM 2nd 2nd
12 Young-Pyo Lee D 77.04.23 KOR 2nd 2nd
16 Erik Hurtado M/F 90.11.15 USA 1st 1st
17 Omar Salgado F 93.09.10 USA/MEX 3rd 3rd
18 Brad Knighton G 85.02.06 USA 2nd 6th
19 Carlyle Mitchell D 87.08.08 TRI 3rd 3rd
23 Kekuta Manneh M/F 94.12.30 GAM/USA 1st 1st
25 Brad Rusin D 86.09.05 USA 1st 1st
27 Jun Marques Davidson M 83.06.07 JPN/USA 2nd 2nd
28 Gershon Koffie M 91.08.25 GHA 4th 3rd
32 Greg Klazura D/M 89.01.27 USA 2nd 2nd
34 Caleb Clarke F 93.06.23 CAN 4th 2nd
36 Bryce Alderson M 94.02.05 CAN 3rd 2nd
40 Andy O’Brien D 79.06.29 ENG/IRL 2nd 2nd
             
AWAY          
1 Joe Cannon G 75.01.01 USA 3rd 16th
15 Martin Bonjour D 85.09.04 ARG 2nd 2nd
31 Russell Teibert M 92.12.22 CAN 5th 3rd
             
TRIALIST          
22 Paulo Junior M 89.01.23 BRA 0 3
25 Jaime Peters D/M 87.05.04 CAN 0 0
26 Corey Hertzog F 90.08.01 USA 0 2
29 Tom Heinemann F 87.04.23 USA 0 2
30 Ben Fisk M/F 93.02.04 CAN 3 0
35 Crispin Olando M 88.05.05 KEN 0 0
42 Dever Orgill F 90.03.08 JAM 3 0
43 Jacob Lensky M 88.12.06 CAN 0 0
             
TRAINEE          
39 Valerian Wiebe GK 91.04.17 CAN 0 0
44 Sean Melvin GK 94.07.09 CAN 4th 0
             
TRIALIST AWAY          
33 Andrés Fresenga D 92.10.13 CAN 0 0
41 Evan James M/F 90.06.19 CAN 0 1
39 Simon Thomas GK 90.04.12 CAN 4 0