WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
It's exactly ‘8’ 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. Let’s take a look at the number ‘8’.
The number ‘8’ is a significant one for Vancouver Whitecaps FC, not only was the club once known as the Vancouver 86ers, but Vancouver's bid for an MLS expansion franchise was officially submitted on October 15, 200’8’.
The club will be hoping to add to that history tomorrow on day ‘8’ of the Disney Pro Soccer Classic as Vancouver Whitecaps FC squares off against Canadian Major League Soccer (MLS) rivals Toronto FC in Orlando, Florida for the championship match. Fans from coast to coast can watch the game streamed live on TSN.ca at 5pm PT. TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV will also air the championship game immediately following the conclusion of the National Lacrosse League match-up featuring Washington Stealth @ Toronto Rock, beginning at 4 p.m. PT. (TSN)
One player that could be a difference-maker in tomorrow’s game is Michael Nanchoff. The Generation adidas midfielder and former University of Akron Zip was the eighth pick overall in last years MLS SuperDraft but missed the majority of last season while recovering from injury. He’s definitely made his presence felt with his return to form, telling one reporter, "I feel very good, I feel confident, and a lot of that has to do with the coaches. They've given me positive, encouraging comments all the time, so it's helpful." (Marc Weber – The Province)
Newly signed Etienne Barbara wears the number ‘8’ jersey for the ‘Caps and is extremely happy to be back under head coach Martin Rennie after spending their last two years together at the Carolina Railhawks. Another player expected to shine under Rennie’s tutelage is Davide Chiumiento whom one reporter described as, “one of Major League Soccer’s most talented individuals.” (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.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:
Saturday isn't the only matchup for the 'Caps this weekend as they also go head to head with coach Martin Rennie's former club the Carolina RailHawks this Sunday in their final preseason game of the year. Simon Fudge has the details. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)
Not to be outdone, Whitecaps FC Residency squads have two games of their own as the U-18 and U-16 squads play residency teams from rival MLS club San Jose Earthquakes. After last week’s game was cancelled the squads will be eager to take to the pitch, this time on home turf. (Christopher Bromley – whitecapsfc.com)
While Canada’s men’s national team struggled in their defeat to Armenia yesterday in a friendly, a late game push by our women’s side earned them a 2-1 win against Italy at the Cyprus Cup. Get the details on how they’re performing so far in our latest feature HERE.