'Caps Chronicle - April 2, 2012

'Caps Chronicle: Multicultural 'Caps


Soccer is a global sport, but the ‘Caps are an especially multicultural team with players coming from 17 different countries. A player can have many different needs when he comes to a new team. For example Martin Bonjour, the ‘Caps newest defensive stalwart, has been learning to speak English to better communicate both on and off the pitch, so with the help of the ‘Caps front office he has enrolled in English classes. Learn more about the multicultural ‘Caps roster and how they've been transitioning to their new home. (Yvonne Zacharias - Vancouver Sun)

Canada is a multicultural country with plenty of opportunities for growth, as was shown in the previous article. Captain Jay DeMerit believes the sport of soccer is growing here in Canada, with three Canadian teams now in MLS and a stunning upset victory for the Canadian U-23 men's national team over the Americans in Olympic qualifying. Make sure you check out the captain’s ideas for soccer growth in Canada. (Jay DeMerit - Goal.com)

Whitecaps FC midfielder John Thorrington made his season debut this past weekend in Philadelphia against the Union. Head coach Martin Rennie believes that with Thorrington back in the lineup he has even more options for the midfield. Thorrington will be a key piece going forward as the squad looks to continue their success. (Marc Weber - The Province)


‘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. HERE!

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!


The ‘Caps battled Philadelphia Union to a hard fought draw at PPL Park on Saturday afternoon, earning another crucial point on the road. Simon Fudge has the match recap along with match highlights and interviews from Zac Ratcliffe, so if you missed any of Saturday’s action from Philly make sure to catch up. (Simon Fudge & Zac Ratcliffe - whitecapsfc.com)

Another game and another clean sheet for the Blue and White gives them the second longest shutout streak to start a season in MLS history. The ‘Caps current shutout streak currently sits at 360 minutes, and they will try to break the MLS record in San Jose this Saturday, which is currently held by the 2007 New York Red Bulls at 421 minutes. (Martin MacMahon - MLSsoccer.com)

This year whitecapsfc.com will be doing a brand new feature when the team goes on the road, as we look at the supporters groups of our league rivals. This week we focused on the “Sons of Ben” - the largest supporters group for Philadelphia Union - who helped bring MLS and a brand new soccer-specific stadium to the City of Brotherly Love. Make sure to check out this video and learn the history of the “Sons of Ben”. (Zac Ratcliffe and Peter Schaad - whitecapsfc.com)

It was another wacky weekend in the world of soccer in MLS and North America with some major upsets in the Western Conference and two countries qualifying for the London 2012 Summer Olympics. The Monday Postgame has the recap of all MLS storylines from the weekend. (John Bolster - MLSsoccer.com)