WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
It's exactly ‘ten’ days until the season opener against Montreal Impact on March 10, at BC Place, so to add to the excitement we'll be doing a countdown themed ‘Caps Chronicle for each day leading up to First Kick, beginning with the number ‘ten’.
The signing of striker Etienne Barbara yesterday brings Vancouver Whitecaps FC's arsenal of forwards to ‘ten’. Coincidentally it was ‘ten’ years after the year 2000 that Martin Rennie discovered Barbara in Malta at a match against none other than Camillo Sanvezzo. Barbara tallied ‘ten’ assists in his two years with the Carolina RailHawks, and if you multiply those numbers together you also have the number of goals (20) that Barbara scored last year when he earned NASL league MVP honors under Rennie. (Simon Borg – MLSsoccer.com)
If that wasn't intriguing enough, then consider that the roman-numeral for ‘ten’ is ‘X’ which is remarkably similar to the Whitecaps symbol repeated in the stitching of our secondary blue jerseys. Be sure to get all your Whitecaps gear, including jerseys of your new favourite ‘Caps players, before the home opener HERE.
The number ‘ten’ spelled backwards is 'net', which is something Whitecaps opponents may have some difficulty finding the back of this season against net-minder Joe Cannon's over ‘ten’ years of experience playing in Major League Soccer (MLS). Cannon spoke with reporters yesterday about the positive attitude of the squad as they prepare for the season. (Marc Weber – The Province)
Speaking of nets, Whitecaps FC is the only MLS team with three players (Eric Hassli, Camilo Sanvezzo and Sebastian Le Toux) who managed to hit the back of the net ‘ten’ or more times during regular season play last year. Hopefully you won’t have to wait ‘ten’ days to see your next ‘Caps goal though, as they play their final Disney Pro Soccer Classic group stage matchup against MLS Eastern Conference side Sporting Kansas City in Orlando, Florida tournament in Orlando, Florida today at 3 p.m. PT. You can watch the match streaming on MLSsoccer.com HERE. (MLSsoccer.com)
The past weekend marked the beginning the first full season for the EA Sports BC Soccer Premier League with kids over the age of ‘ten’ joining what one reporter remarked as, "the only provincial-wide elite youth league in Canada partnered by a professional Major League Soccer club." If you're a youth and into soccer, then you'll want to be reading more about it HERE. (Kimiya Shokoohi - The Province)
Last of all, Tyler Green of Vancouver’s Soccer Show on TEAM ‘10’40 put together a Whitecaps bucket list of things not to be missed in the upcoming season which you definitely need to check out HERE! (Tyler Green – 24hrs)
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:
Even an avalanche couldn’t stop Purolator trucks from getting Whitecaps seasons tickets to their destinations. So if you hear a ring of the door bell ‘Caps fans, make sure you are there to answer as it could be a Purolator special delivery. Follow along with Carl and Spike as they make the rounds. (Joshua Nanavaty & Paul Albi - whitecapsfc.com)
Armenia rallied to best Canada's men's national team during a friendly in Cyprus earlier today. Even though the men in red and white opened the scoring they were unable to ride out the pressure from a dominant Aremenian side. (Rudi Schuller - MLSsoccer.com)