Whitecaps coaches to attend combines

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announce that men's team head coach Teitur Thordarson and assistant Todd Wawrousek will be attending three player combines to identify potential new signings for the 2009 season in the coming weeks. Thordarson and Wawrousek will first attend the United Soccer Leagues Men's Player Showcase in Charleston, South Carolina, from December 14 to 16 before co-hosting a player combine with USL Second Division side Harrisburg City Islanders at In The Net Sports Complex in Palmyra, Pennsylvania, on December 17 and 18. City Islanders coaches Bill Becher and Steve Widdowson will join Thordarson and Wawrousek in evaluating the players over three sessions of the two-day tryout. The third combine takes place in the New Year, as the Whitecaps coaching staff will attend the Major League Soccer Player Combine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida from January 9 to 13. Thordarson hopes to find players that can add something extra to his USL-1 championship side. "We are looking for young talent that can give us additional squad depth," he said. "We will not be focusing on particular positions, as we will be looking for the best players that are available." City Islanders head coach Becher was pleased to collaborate with the Whitecaps on their joint player combine next month. "Vancouver is a first-class organization and we are pleased to partner with them once again," he said. "I look forward to having the Whitecaps coaching staff here in Harrisburg and I believe that a joint tryout with franchises from different levels of USL is a great way to find players who may be able to contribute to one of the respective teams. It should be a quality event." For additional information on the joint Harrisburg/Whitecaps player combine, visit cityislanders.com. Whitecaps 2009 season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets include all men’s and women's team regular season and playoff home matches at Swangard Stadium, Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches against Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, as well as priority listing for BC Place and the proposed Whitecaps Waterfront Stadium. For more information on the 2009 season ticket packages, CLICK HERE.