'Caps Chron - Aug 19

'Caps Chronicle: Happy Hassli

Currently sitting in third place in Major League Soccer’s goalscoring category, Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Eric Hassli is loving life in British Columbia. “I want to have fun, and I want the people around me to have fun,” the 30-year-old said through teammate Philippe Davies after Thursday’s practice. “The fans have been amazing. I can feel their support.”(Marc Weber – The Province)

Remember former ‘Caps goalkeeper Simon Thomas? “The young goalkeeper, the Caps' backup to Jay Nolly last year, was told he needed to play more games to develop and those chances weren't likely to come in Vancouver”.Now, England appears to be the perfect landing spot for the 21-year old (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun).

While Vancouver Whitecaps FC forward Mustapha Jarju continues to learn all of the ins and outs of MLS, “Whitecaps coach Tom Soehn said the club’s second designated player — who made his Major League Soccer debut on July 20 — still needs to get used to his new teammates and improve his level of fitness” (Bruce Constantineau – Vancouver Sun).

In this blog, Portland Timbers have created quite an environment during their first season as an expansion franchise inside MLS. “I'm going to admit it right from the start. I envy Portland and what the Timbers Army bring to the MLS show. If you’ve seen any of their matches on TV so far this year, electric doesn’t even begin to describe the game day atmosphere” (Michael McColl – Metro Vancouver).

Have you been enjoying the beautiful weather Vancouver has been receiving lately? Vancouver Whitecaps FC sure has and this camps piece proves that fact! ”The Whitecaps Play like a Pro summer camp, for kids from U-6 to U-14, runs from Aug. 22 to 26 at Holly Park in Ladner. Register online at whitecapsfc. com/camps, by phone at 778-330-1354 or in person at the start of camp. It costs $129 per person.(Dave Willis – Delta Optimist). 

Make sure you listen to ‘Whitecaps FC Daily’ with Peter Schaad on TEAM 1410 sports radio throughout the week as he connects with his partner in crime Paul Dolan to discuss a variety of topics this week. You can listen right now on teamradio.ca or find the podcast you are looking for right HERE. The show is on every Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT on AM 1410.

The show is on every Monday to Friday at 3:00 p.m. PT on AM 1410.   

Need even more soccer updates, information, and soccer perspective? Listen live to ‘Full-Time: Vancouver’s Soccer Show’ with Tyler Green and Mike Martignago’ which can be heard every Sunday from 9:00 – 11:00p.m. PT.

In case you missed all of yesterday’s action, Whitecaps FC  has you covered! Up first, the ‘Caps face a big test this week in Cascadia Cup play against Portland Timbers on Saturday. “The Cascadia Cup was established by supporters of Whitecaps FC, the Timbers, and Seattle Sounders FC  in 2004 when the clubs played in the United Soccer Leagues First Division and is awarded to the club that gets the most points off their regional rivals in league play”(Martin MacMahon – MLSsoccer.com).

Injury report time. Whitecaps FC forward Atiba Harris “underwent a successful meniscectomy to his right knee on Friday, August 12. Earlier this season, on April 26, Harris underwent meniscal repair surgery to his right knee”(whitecapsfc.com).

Need a preview for this weekend’s match-up between Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers? “Preparing for their second Cascadia Cup derby match of the season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC (3W-12L-9D) head to The City of Roses for a Saturday evening showdown with 2011 Major League Soccer expansion cousins Portland Timbers(7W-12L-5D)” (Simon Fudge – whitecapsfc.com).

Want videos? Of course you do, it’s the 21st century! Watch these two motion pictures before you head out to the beach to soak up the sun. First, “Meet Rick Celebrini” and secondly, “Final Portland Prep”.