'Caps Chronicle - March 16, 2012

‘Caps Chronicle: Will Irish eyes be smiling Saturday?


Vancouver Whitecaps FC are hoping the 'Luck of the Irish' might help bring their first ever road win as an MLS on St. Patrick's Day. But while they won't need any four-leaf clover to get the job done, “You won’t hear anyone in the Vancouver Whitecaps camp promising anything just yet, but there’s a pretty good chance the club could accomplish just that against Chivas USA at the Home Depot Center on Saturday.” (Martin MacMahon - Sportsnet)

While the first road win would make history for the club, two other 'Caps players are looking to write some history of their own. Midfielders Russell Teibert and Bryce Alderson are away training with Canada's U-23 squad down in Sunrise, Florida in preparation for next week’s CONCACAF men's Olympic qualifying tournament. And the Pot of Gold at the end of the rainbow for the team? One of two berths to the 2012 London Olympics. (Marc Weber - The Province)

Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie has been teaching striker Eric Hassli how to use his noodle this season, in more ways than one. Read how the coach has helped the big striker overcome a mysterious aversion to heading due to knocking noggins as a youth. (Marc Weber - The Province)

Midfielder Gershon Koffie probably won't have an Irish kiss for former 'Caps teammate and mentor Pete Vagenas after Saturday’s Chivas match, but during the game it'll be a full-on battle in the clover. Coach Rennie believes Koffie has taken his abilities to the next level and hopes he'll come out on top in Saturday's match-up. (Martin MacMahon - whitecapsfc.com)



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Prior to watching Saturday's Whitecaps FC v. Chivas USA match on Sportsnet Pacific at 7 p.m. PT, you might want to head over to Surrey’s Newton Athletic Park for the girls edition of the Whitecaps FC College Showcase which kicks off on Saturday. (Brandon Timko - whitecapsfc.com)

From the Southsiders march to the match and ‘Caps Kickoff on Terry Fox Plaza, to the sold-out crowd, the EA SPORTS FIFA Fan Bench, and the great 2-0 victory by our Whitecaps FC, the home opener was a great success in all aspects. Soak in the atmosphere from the first match with this video from Zac Ratcliffe. (Zac Ratcliffe - whitecapsfc.com)

The future is bright for many of the youth players in Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams, including dynamic winger Yassin Essa. The native of Surrey, BC who was originally born in Dera, Ethiopia is featured in Zac Ratcliffe's latest video segment "Ones to Watch". (Zac Ratcliffe - whitecapsfc.com)

Simon & Simon provide a little detective work on what to expect in this weekend’s match. Will it be a white-out for the goats as MLSsoccer.com's Simon Borg predicts?(Simon Borg - MLSsoccer.com) Whitecaps FC's Simon Fudge reveals his Chivas USA file in the latest match preview. (Simon Fudge - whitecapsfc.com)