'Caps Chronicle - Feb. 17, 2012

‘Caps Chronicle: Brogue from Boro


Fans of Vancouver Whitecaps FC were awash with excitement after the announcement yesterday of Scottish international midfielder Barry Robson joining the club as a Designated Player this July.

Despite offers other European clubs and his current side Middlesbrough, Robson told reporters that signing with Vancouver was a “no-brainer”. "Yeah, I had offers from elsewhere," Robson told reporters, "But as soon as I heard something might happen in Vancouver, it was my first choice.” (Marc Weber – The Province)

One reporter even joked that Barry was a perfect match for Vancouver, noting that, “…the new big signing already has a Vancouver street named after him.” (Matt Kieltyka – Metro News)

With fellow Scottish international Kris Boyd now playing for rival club Portland Timbers under yet another Scot, coach John Spencer, the May 26th derby match should prove a veritable clash of the clans. Canadian Soccer New’s Michael McColl spoke with Robson about the Cascadia rivalry, and his experience with European derbies. “They're great games to play in,” explained Robson. “They're games I've always relished and enjoyed."

‘Caps captain Jay DeMerit responds to the comparison of his story (Rise & Shine) to that of basketball phenom Jeremy Lin, stating, “I am flattered to be mentioned along with him as an athlete who has gone against the odds and made it.” Read all about it in his latest blog post for Goal.com, as well as his reaction to the Robson signing, and what kind of ambitions he has for the coming season HERE. (Jay DeMerit – Goal.com)

It wouldn’t be surprising if Canada’s women’s national team sent a Valentine to Brazil’s women’s side considering how often they get together. It was announced yesterday that the two teams will meet for the fourth time in sixteen months when they play a friendly next month in Massachusetts. (Daniel Squizzato – Canadian Soccer News)



‘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.

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!



This Sunday, a wave of Whitecaps FC supporters will be descending on Victoria’s Centennial Stadium to take in the ‘Caps preseason friendly against University of Victoria Vikes men’s soccer team. With Round 2 just around the corner, this will be the first and only opportunity for BC soccer fans to get an up-close and personal look at new head coach Martin Rennie’s revitalized squad prior to the season. Our own Simon Fudge previews the traditional preseason matchup. (Simon Fudge – whitecapsfc.com)

Another juicy bit of news announced yesterday was Whitecaps FC partnering up with Oasis Fruit Juice. If you were lucky enough to receive some of the free juice boxes we were handing out yesterday at SkyTrain stations, then you've already had a taste of one of our most delicious partnerships to date. (Joshua Nanavaty & Paul Albi - whitecapsfc.com)

"Signing Barry Robson as a Designated Player is nothing short of a major coup by Vancouver Whitecaps FC." At least that's MLSsoccer.com's Joe Prince-Wright's verdict. Get the lowdown on Barry Robson in the latest scouting report. (Joe Wright-Prince – MLSsoccer.com)

If you live in a 250 area code and love Whitecaps FC, then don't miss out on our new 250 Flex Packs. To show those from the 250 area code just how much we appreciate their support, Whitecaps FC have created an exclusive ticket package for ‘Caps fans living outside the Lower Mainland who are only able to attend a few matches this season. (Christopher Bromley – whitecapsfc.com)

We here at Whitecaps FC call it 'Carl Valentine's Day' for a reason. Following along with Carl as he hand delivers a top secret package to our rival Seattle Sounders. (Paul Albi (video), Carl Valentine & Shaina Walker – whitecapsfc.com)