By BOB MACKIN
- THE BUZZ:
The Vancouver Whitecaps are hoping to ride the wave of last Sunday's slump-busting win when they host the Rochester Rhinos on Saturday (7 p.m., Swangard Stadium, Shaw TV and usllive.com).
The defending champion Whitecaps cling to the seventh and last United Soccer Leagues' First Division playoff spot with an 8-9-7 record. They ended a six-game losing slide with a 2-0 win over Miami FC.
The 9-8-7 Rhinos include ex-Caps Andrew Gregor, Ze Roberto and Steve Kindel. Burnaby-native Kindel was released by the Caps after their 2008 championship. Coach Darren Tilley is also a former Caps player.
Not often a league changes hands, but it did Thursday when NuRock Soccer Holdings of Atlanta bought USL from Nike, parent of Umbro.
- GET ON YOUR BOOTS:
Fans are encouraged to bring "gently worn" soccer boots and balls for donation to SOS Children's Villages. Donors get a 25 per cent off coupon for Umbro boot purchases.