VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC IN THE NEWS:
With ‘Caps forward Omar Salgado scoring the game winning goal in the 11th minute, Vancouver Whitecaps FC reserves were able to defeat San Jose Earthquakes reserves 1-0 Tuesday afternoon at Swangard Stadium. The victory improves the ‘Caps reserve record to 2W-4L-2D with two matches remaining in MLS Reserve competition (Marc Weber – The Province).
Prior to the Whitecaps FC reserves victory yesterday, the team received a visit from one of Canada’s most famous and respected athlete’s in Steve Nash. The two-time NBA MVP and co-owner of Vancouver Whitecaps FC practiced with the squad yesterday before speaking to the media (Elliott Pap – Vancouver Sun).
"It was a lot of fun," Nash said afterwards. "For me it's a great opportunity not just to get a kick-around with the guys, but to get to know them a little bit. As a fan it's fun to meet them and know them. As an owner it's fun to get the temperature of the club and how the guys' spirits are" (Canadian Press – TSN).
Even in Toronto, Nash’s visit received attention as the NBA lockout continues just prior to training camp. ‘Caps captain Jay DeMerit also saw Nash’s visit as a major positive before the team travels to New York to battle Red Bulls this Saturday. “For somebody to have a career like he has in the fashion that he has it, that comes with immediate respect," DeMerit said. "To have him around is a very good positive for this place" (Hosea Cheung – Toronto Sun).
Later this month, EA Sports will release FIFA 12, with Vancouver Whitecaps FC fully integrated into the new game. A fresh trailer for the highly anticipated game has come out, featuring a manoeuvre made infamous at the 2010 FIFA World Cup final (Alex Winehouse – Gigwise).
WHITECAPS FC ON THE RADIO:
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.
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.
WHITECAPS FC IN THE HOUSE:
Dying to read Simon Fudge’s match report following Vancouver Whitecaps FC reserves 1-0 victory over San Jose Earthquakes reserves? Here’s a breakdown of what you missed! ‘Caps assistant coach Dennis Hamlett highlights, “The guys wanted to come out today and show they were worthy of a first-team spot for the weekend trip to New York" (Simon Fudge – whitecapsfc.com).
Need some video of Steve Nash training with Vancouver Whitecaps FC? Check out this story with video as the Phoenix Suns point guard spent some quality time training with the players and coaching staff (Martin MacMahon + Zac Ratcliffe – whitecapsfc.com).
“Vancouver Whitecaps FC kick off the fourth year of their full-time Residency program this month with an expanded program that now includes U-14 and U-16 age groups, along with the U-18 side”. Find out everything you need to know about the expanded program and which players will be featured as a part of Residency this season (whitecapsfc.com).
Are your kids dreading going back to school? Maybe the ‘Caps can help! Check out Vancouver Whitecaps FC gear that will allow the kids to look great and show off their favourite soccer club! From t-shirts, hoodies, hats, jerseys, and other awesome attire, back to school shopping has never been easier (whitecapsfc.com).
Also, don’t forget Vancouver Whitecaps FC is on Facebook and Twitter @ ‘WhitecapsFC’ and ‘WhitecapsMatch’ to get all the updates, information, latest stories, and live match updates.
CANADIAN SOCCER REPORT:
More good news for soccer in Canada yesterday as the Canadian men’s national soccer team defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 in ‘Match Day 2’ of the 2014 CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. With Josh Simpson leading the way alongside goal scorers Hume, Jackson and Ricketts, Canada improves to 2W-0L-0D in ‘Round 2’ for Brazil 2014 (Rudi Schuller – MLSsoccer.com).
The 2012 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament will be held at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, BC, from January 19 to 29, 2012. Tournament packages will go on sale September 9, 2011, with affordable prices featuring an average ticket price of just under $6.50 per match across 15 matches in eight days of world class soccer (whitecapsfc.com).