WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
This Saturday's match against the Columbus Crew will be a homecoming of sorts for Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Michael Nanchoff who originally hails from Ohio. And what every homecoming needs is a good party, as one reporter notes. “The traveling party known as Team Nanchoff – featuring deejays and Serbian sausages at a pre-game tailgate celebration – will be 500-plus strong when the Vancouver Whitecaps play the Columbus Crew in Ohio this weekend.” (Bruce Constantineau - Vancouver Sun)
It seems Nanchoff isn't the only member of Whitecaps FC feeling the love these days.
Residency standout Brody Huitema (pictured) is also getting his fair share of attention these days, with more than 70 universities expressing interest in having him come play soccer at their schools. Find out which high profile school the ‘Caps youngster is looking to attend. (Tyler Olsen, The Chilliwack Times)
Korean legend, and Whitecaps FC right fullback Young-Pyo Lee, meanwhile, was recognized for his ability to shut down the attacking threat of FC Dallas' Brek Shea on the weekend by MLSsoccer.com who named him to their MLS Team of the Week. (Simon Borg - MLSsoccer.com)
Like music icon Michael Jackson, 'Caps superstar goalkeeper Joe Cannon is looking at the 'Man in the Mirror' in his latest blog entry where he discusses the importance of positive self-reflection and how to avoid the pitfalls of destructive thinking. (Joe Cannon - Goalkeeping 101 & Beyond)
From the blogosphere to the realm of social media, Whitecaps midfielder Davide Chiumiento (@DChiumiento) and defender Martín Bonjour (@MartinBonjour) have both taken to the Twitterverse which prompted a warm welcome by their fellow teammates. You too can help them feel supported by giving the pair a follow! (Omar Salgado via Twitter)
Last week MLS saw a number of red cards and controversial calls throughout the league including FC Dallas's last defender Carlos Rodriguez receiving a yellow for pulling down ‘Caps striker Sebastian Le Toux with a clear break on goal. Major League Soccer analyst Simon (the Shaman) Borg seems to think that yellow was the correct call. After reviewing it in slow-motion in the MLSsoccer segment ‘Instant Replay’ what do you think? (Simon Borg - MLSsoccer.com)
Following a review of footage from the Dallas match on Saturday, the MLS Disciplinary Committee has chosen to suspend FC Dallas forward Blas Perez for one game and have fined him an undisclosed amount for endangering the safety of Jordan Harvey when he elbowed the 'Caps defender in the 29th minute of the April 21 game. (Nicholas Rosano - MLSsoccer.com)
It seems Liam Wilson from Clayburn Middle School may have a future in broadcasting. The hotshot young reporter was on hand to cover Whitecaps FC in their match against FC Dallas. Check out his YouTube video where he spends some time getting to know the ‘Caps supporters and even goes behind the scenes to the Whitecaps locker room to get the scoop from Sébastien Le Toux and Young-Pyo Lee. (Liam Wilson – Clayburn Middle School)
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:
It’s time to break out the calendar because Whitecaps FC single match tickets have finally arrived! With at least fourteen home matches left to play this season be sure to grab your seats early before it’s too late! (whitecapsfc.com)
With four changes to last Saturday’s lineup, the ‘Caps showed exactly how much strength and depth the team has this season. “We have a very talented group, with young players, old players,” said striker Sébastien Le Toux. “We have 27 more games plus the Canadian [Championship], so it’s going to be a big, big year, and everyone needs to be ready.” (Martin MacMahon - whitecapsfc.com)
Whitecaps FC announced that Richard Grootscholten, Residency technical director and head coach will end his coaching responsibilities with the club later this week. The Dutchman has been a pivotal member of the program for the past two years and helped not only develop young talent, but also get both the U-18 and U-16 residency squads to clinch playoff spots in their first USSDA season. (whitecapsfc.com)
A testament to the Residency program is yesterday’s announcement of the addition of Richmond, BC native and Residency striker Caleb Clarke to the club’s Major League Soccer roster. Find out what head coach Martin Rennie had to say about the talented young prodigy. (whitecapsfc.com)