WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
It's exactly ‘7’ 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 ‘7’.
The final Vancouver Whitecaps FC preseason matchups are upon us this weekend as anticipation for next Saturday's season opener against Montreal Impact continues to build. Today the team is in Orlando, Florida for the Disney Pro Soccer Classic and is hoping the team magic that has helped them win all three of their games by a combined ‘7’-0 will lead them to a championship victory against rivals Toronto FC. The 'Caps last faced Toronto when they were edged out of winning the Canadian Championship, so you can expect a heated affair. The match will be streamed live on TSN.ca at 5pm, and aired in its entirety on TSN2 directly following the National Lacrosse League match-up featuring Washington Stealth @ Toronto Rock. (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)
Number '7', Sebastian Le Toux, has been instrumental in getting the team to the Disney championship leading the team in points with three goals and one assist (‘7’ points) so far. That fares just fine with fellow Frenchman Eric Hassli who recently told reporters he’s become addicted to winning. (Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com)
Le Toux’s lone assist came while setting up newcomer Darren Mattocks. The rookie’s blinding speed helped earn him a record 39 goals in 47 matches last year with the Akron Zips. Since moving to Major League Soccer this year he has baffled defenders in preseason and caused a few of his teammates to make some interesting comparisons. “I call him Usain Bolt, because he’s so fast,” said teammate Eric Hassli. "He’s fast and scores goals. For a young player, he’s very talented.” (Martin MacMahon - MLSsoccer.com)
The final preseason match for the 'Caps comes this Sunday as Martin Rennie's squad faces his former team, Carolina RailHawks. The game will also be a reunion for 27-year old English midfielder Mat Watson who spent 3 seasons with Carolina. News of the players recent residency status change has Matt seeing green as one reporter explains. (Marc Weber - The Province)
Canada's women's national team continued their unbeaten streak at the 2012 Cyprus Cup. Like their compatriots in Vancouver they've scored ‘7’ goals in their two group stage matches thus far, steamrolling Scotland by a score of 5-1 and defeating Italy yesterday 2-1. Tomorrow they finish off the group stage when they take on 14th world ranked Holland. (Canadian Soccer Association)
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 inHERE!
Have you heard about ‘The Soccer Show’ with Nigel Reed and Bob Iarusci? Make sure to listen HERE!
WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:
The MLSsoccer.com crew continues it MLS Road Trip to First Kick this time taking the time for to chat with Whitecaps captain Jay DeMerit. The star of the documentary Rise & Shine is far from 'Bashful' in front of the camera. Watch as he sneaks all Disney seven dwarfs names from the movie Snow White into his interview. (MLSsoccer.com)