WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
Captain Jay DeMerit was recently on Kick TV, where he was confronted about singing Just Bieber in the shower during the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Make sure to watch the captain's interesting interview with Kick TV. (Kick TV)
Early in this 2012 season, the Blue and White have been applauded for their stellar defensive work as they set a new MLS record for most consecutive minutes without conceding a goal to start a season. The back four played has played a huge role in establishing the ‘Caps new defensive identity, especially the partnership between Jay DeMerit and Martin Bonjour. Bonjour is fitting in nicely to his new surroundings in Vancouver and letting his footwork do the talking for him while he learns English to better communicate on the field. (Bruce Constantineau - The Vancouver Sun)
Assistant Coach Paul Ritchie had a busy bye week as he travelled overseas to continue his courses in obtaining his UEFA Pro License. Ritchie took part in tactics and scenario discussions with top managers such as Everton manager David Moyes. In obtaining UEFA licenses and working with such experienced managers the ‘Caps assistant coach looks like he will be a great manager in the future whether it’s in the MLS or overseas. (Marc Weber - The Province)
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:
With tomorrow’s showdown with Sporting Kansas City looming the ‘Caps are prepping for the big match. With Sporting Kansas City undefeated to this point in the season the blue and white know they will be up for quite a challenge come Wednesday night. Be sure to check out the match preview HERE! (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)
The ‘Caps academy announced the addition of 17 players to a brand new U-13 academy team with this addition the blue and white now have a U-13 team in addition to their U-14, U-15, U-16 and U-18 residency teams. Check out this exciting roster of new young players added to the ‘Caps development program. (whitecapsfc.com)
The ‘Caps residency program received some more good news as four players from the U-16 squad were called up for Canadian National Team duty for the U-17 training camp. Those Whitecaps FC players called up included goalkeeper Marco Carducci, defenders Alex Comisa and Jordan Haynes and midfielder Marco Bustos. (whitecapsfc.com)
Eric Hassli, rarely takes a day off from soccer, and this bye week was no different for the Frenchman as he practised, prepping for this mid-week showdown against league leaders Sporting Kansas City. Hassli continued to work on his offensive game as he looks to find the back of the net for the first time this season on Wednesday night. (Martin MacMahon - MLSsoccer.com)