• Michael McColl

      Editor

      Michael McColl started "Away From The Numbers" as a printed fanzine in 1989 for his Scottish club East Fife. It became a website in 2003 and added a general football blog in 2009. The focus has always been to mix serious articles with off-beat humour pieces. The Canadian arm of AFTN began in 2009 and is primarily focused on Vancouver Whitecaps.


      Currently a weekly columnist for Metro News Vancouver, Michael has also written for many UK publications including When Saturday Comes, Four Four Two and The Independent.


    • Steve Pandher

      Assistant Editor

      Steve has been a soccer fan since the early days of the 86ers at Swangard Stadium. He started The Whitecaps Beat blog on the instistence of his wife, as she was tired of listening to his ramblings about the club. When he plays, his two positions are goalkeeper and striker, mostly because of the lack of running involved. In addition to the Whitecaps, Steve also updates the play of Canadian players abroad with the @TrueNorthSoccer twitter account.

    • Jay Duke

      Writer

      Growing up as a casual soccer fan, Jay became a fervent supporter after a move to Vancouver and a rise in profile of the Vancouver Whitecaps. Since then, his summer road trips revolve around Cascadia Derbies, and friends weddings are only to be attended if they do not conflict with a Whitecaps match.

      Jay attempts to share his thoughts from the emotional view of a supporter rather than by advanced analytics or number crunching.

    • Aaron Campbell

      Writer

      Aaron Campbell is our new face to the soccer blog scene. He started following the Whitecaps seriously when they joined the MLS and has been hooked ever since. Not afraid to speak his mind and prove he is right in his opinions backing them up with the stats of the game.

      Yeah right. The only reason he goes to games is to get away from his small army of kids that he has populated the Fraser Valley with. One day the kids and wife will catch on!!!

      Supporter of Whitecaps FC and FC Barcelona.
      Follow on twitter @AaCamp81

    • Whitecaps Add Barry Robson As Designated Player

      After a couple of days of speculation, the news is official. Barry Robson is heading to Vancouver in July and will be joining the Whitecaps as a Designated Player.

      The Caps must be starting to hate Twitter and other online endeavours, as their big announcements are always being pre-empted by online sleuths.

      On the other hand, it helps add to the excitement before the official announcement and gets fans talking and hyped up about the club and the signing of Robson has certainly done that here on the west coast.

      The 33 year old Scottish international will join the Whitecaps in July, pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and Visa, and will see out the current Championship campaign with Middlesbrough, as he tries to get them back into the English Premiership.

      Robson comes to Vancouver having scored 98 goals in 492 career club matches to date. It's an impressive record for any midfielder, and yes, a lot of them have been penalties, but a lot of them have also been free kicks and spectacular long range efforts too.

      Robson has been capped 16 times by Scotland and is still very much in the international reckoning. He hopes to play in Scotland's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign and has already spoken to Craig Levein, who has ensured him that a move to North America won't hamper his international aspirations.

      It's a great move for both the Club and the player. I've been a fan of Robson's for a few years now. I actually first saw him play in 1997 for Inverness Caley Thistle and then in 2000 when he was on loan with Forfar Athletic in the Scottish Third Division and playing against my East Fife. He scored his first professional goal against us in a 4-0 drubbing in December 1997.

      He was standing out at that level with Forfar and soon went back to Inverness Caley where he became a first team regular and earned a move to the SPL with Dundee United, playing alongside current Whitecaps assistant coach Paul Ritchie.

      He then went on to join Celtic, scoring with his first touch in a Celts' shirt, where he won the Scottish Premier League and League Cup.

      He adds just the bite the Whitecaps are needing in the middle of the park, but also gives Rennie some options out wide as well if he wanted to switch things up at any time. Add in an experienced head and I think we could be looking at the Whitecaps future captain.

      Rennie is certainly glad to have him in Vancouver, if not a little surprised:

      "He's a player that we've admired for a long time and wanted to try and get on board. We've done a lot of research and found out a lot about him as a player and as a person.

      Although we thought it was a long shot, and one we didn't think would come of, we're really happy that he's going to be joining us.

      We think that he'll be a big part of what we're doing. He's the kind of player we need to add to our group."


      Paul Ritchie is also "absolutely delighted" to be working with Robson again:

      "I was fortunate enough to play with Barry at Dundee United and know what he will be able to bring to the Club with his quality and professionalism."

      For Robson himself, he can't wait to get started with his new team and try and get the Caps "as far up that table as possible" :

      "I am very excited to be joining Whitecaps FC and to continue my career in Major League Soccer. I am impressed by the quality of MLS and Vancouver as a club. They have a passionate fan base and a fantastic stadium in BC Place."

      Will Robson be the missing piece of the puzzle that the Caps have been looking for in the middle of the park?

      I think he will be. His age doesn't concern me, as there is a still a lot of gas in that tank, as he has shown with Boro the last two seasons.

      It's a shame we can't get him until the summer, but hopefully the midfield we currently have will step up and have us battling for a playoff spot by the time Robson arrives.

      With Carlos Bocanegra now being the latest player to be linked with Vancouver, it's an exciting time to be a Caps fan.

      Comments 17 Comments
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        expensive bag of balls
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        where is the cap room for boca?
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Both Bocanegra and Barry Robson are shit.
      1. Cristian in Van's Avatar
        Cristian in Van -
        Quote Originally Posted by unregistered View Post
        both bocanegra and barry robson are shit.
        who are you?! Who are you?! Who are you?!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        a dp contract to a guy playing in the championship? this is nuts. first the club wastes the slot and money on jarju, now they spend it on a player who's value in MLS is really around 150K at best. hopefully this decision will not come back to bite rennie soehn or the duz in the ass but all sign are pointing to yes at this point.
      1. Michael McColl's Avatar
        Michael McColl -
        That's going to be the problem for any team that signs someone from the UK.

        They may be worth only $150k in MLS terms but even players in League One and League Two are on higher salaries.

        I know of a Scottish player who had been out injured and released by his team and wouldn't go somewhere for twelve grand a week.
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Michael McColl View Post
        That's going to be the problem for any team that signs someone from the UK.

        They may be worth only $150k in MLS terms but even players in League One and League Two are on higher salaries.

        I know of a Scottish player who had been out injured and released by his team and wouldn't go somewhere for twelve grand a week.
        I'd go almost anywhere for 12 grand a week!
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Quote Originally Posted by Michael McColl View Post
        That's going to be the problem for any team that signs someone from the UK.

        They may be worth only $150k in MLS terms but even players in League One and League Two are on higher salaries.

        I know of a Scottish player who had been out injured and released by his team and wouldn't go somewhere for twelve grand a week.
        That's why the UK is a poor source of talent for MLS...
      1. Unregistered's Avatar
        Unregistered -
        Cant believe im reading these comments Robson is still competing in the Championship rated the sixth strongest league in world and i read these moronic comments get a grip your living .in cloud cuckoo .
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