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      This week we take an extended review of the match against Houston. Discussion centres around what went wrong as the Whitecaps missed a golden opportunity to dump the reigning Eastern Champions.
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      by Published on 08-24-2012 01:30 AM
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      This weekend’s match between Vancouver and Portland could prove pivotal in the grand scheme of things, for both clubs as they push forward with their individual existences. It is no secret to fans in the Pacific North West that both squads find themselves reeling as they enter this weekend.

      Vancouver powered out of the gates and found themselves in fourth position in the (West) table mere weeks ago. After a string of injuries, suspensions and international departures, the Canadian part of this expansion brotherhood is in a tailspin. Pundits and punters alike have begun to push the panic button.

      As the Whitecaps search desperately for the prescription for their recent poor form, hapless Portland present a possible golden apple that Vancouver so desperately needs.

      The plethora of problems North of the border pale in comparison to the pandemic issues at hand for last place Portland. Perceived strengths and poorly constructed plans have put Portland in position to plan a party, celebrating the first overall pick in this post seasons Super Draft.

      Many people will point to a recent drop in production by Designated Player Kris Boyd. After a 2 goal output on July 15 against the LA Galaxy, he has not managed to pot a goal in the clubs last 6 matches. The Scottish import found himself riding the pine as the team played in the Big Apple last week. ...
      by Published on 08-23-2012 08:00 AM
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      This weeks episode is a little different from what we normally do at West Coast Soccer Weekly (We know we say that every two weeks since we've been back from hiatus). No guests on the phone just 45 minutes of unbridled foolishness from Pierce and Martin, this weeks episode is a definite detour from the norm for both these two “esteemed” pundits. Opinions flow, and honestly people are sure to be offended. Especially old ladies.

      We do our best to cover for Michael and his normal offensive behavior, no one is spared. Not Mustapha Jarju, Kenny Miller, or Southsiders Board Members. Not Ethan Gage, Bobby Lenarduzzi, not anyone. No stone is left unturned in our efforts to lose all credibility.
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      by Published on 08-10-2012 05:59 PM
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      This week's show is a little different then usual. We have Martin MacMahon of Sportsnet.ca and MLSSocccer.com in studio while on air legend Michael McColl joins us via the telephone.

      We chat quickly about the upcoming game against Real Salt Lake and some of the key additions to the squad as the transfer window closed last week. Michael and Martin discuss formation and club depth before we are joined by one of our favourite members of the Canadian Internationals, Chelsea Buckland

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      by Published on 04-19-2012 03:32 PM
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      This weeks show features author and historian Robert Janning. Robert has written a fantastic book called <i>"Westcoast Reign"</i>, which catalogues the first steps of the beautiful game in the province of British Columbia. Robert takes the time to tell us a couple stories from his book and shares a few of his personal stories.

      You can get hold of a copy of <i>"Westcoast Reign"</i> at <a href="http://www.ballboypress.ca" target="_blank">Ballboy Press</a>, with free shipping in the lower mainland and cheap shipping elsewhere in Canada and the rest of the world. Highly recommended.

      After we chat with Robert, Benjamin Massey about the Whitecaps' game last night against the Eastern Conference leading Sporting Kansas City.

      It's a different show from what we normally do but it will certainly be a great show for anyone who is interested in the history of soccer.

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      by Published on 03-23-2012 03:32 AM
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      This weeks show features Martin MacMahon filling in for Michael as he recovers from a back injury he sustained away from the pod. We discuss the other big away from work injury that occurred this week which involves Whitecaps top draft pick Darren Mattocks. The Whitecaps upcoming game against DC United gets a brief preview before we dig into a in depth interview with former National Team Manager Tony Waiters.
      Tony discusses the pitfalls of Canadian youth soccer development, racing station wagons in Texas in the 70's, and the benefit of playing qualifying matches in the cold. He doesn't think that he could beat Davide Chiumiento in a foot race but Pierce's money is on the old gaffer anyways.

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      by Published on 12-31-2011 09:54 AM

      This weeks show features a quick chat with Canadian Women's National Team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, she tells us what is going on with the national side, her experiences playing in the NCAA div.1, and who the most intense players past and present have been in our national side. A little later Pierce speaks with former Whitecap and current Surrey United Technical Director Jeff Clarke, about his new role, his time in Europe, and who to look out for on the youth scene coming out of his club. Last but not least, Pierce talks to Marc Weber, Whitecaps beat writer for the Vancouver Province about some new years resolutions that the club should think about.
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      by Published on 12-09-2011 02:41 PM
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      You would think that would be enough to keep the avid snowboarder in Vancouver. Unfortunately the outgoing CEO was not talking about his dealings with the VPD from earlier in the morning (for which he was dealt a J Walking ticket), but answering a question regarding the field at BC Place.

      Barber and Club Representatives announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as CEO, effective towards the end of February.

      While today's news came as a big shock to everyone following the team, and a press conference was called, there were not a lot of details that came out of the mouthes of the suits on hand.

      Whitecaps co-owner Jeff Mallett stated that he expected to run into Barber, saying that
      "it's a small football world, as we all know... and with my Derby County investment over in England we'll be seeing each other a lot."
      So while nobody would say what the next step actually is, it sounds like Barber is headed back to England. ...
      by Published on 12-06-2011 03:50 AM

      The worst kept secret so far in this offseason has been the addition of 34 year old Young-Pyo Lee to the Vancouver Whitecaps roster. There is an asterisk in the headline of this story because it is yet to be formally announced by the club. However news broke early this morning via both Reuters and FIFA.com that the transfer has in fact gone through. Hell he already told the world himself via Twitter.

      In the past few days stories have crept out from sources like The Vancouver Sun's Bruce Constantineau, that the former Korean international was in town to talk contracts with last years worst team in the league. Ben and Duane brought up Young-Pyo's twitter account on Monday's It's Called Football podcast with Bob Lenarduzzi, and he laughed off the question as best he could. Now it's official, even if they are not willing to admit it. ...
      by Published on 12-02-2011 02:34 PM

      Under the guidance of former Whitecap Nick Dasovic, five of Vancouver's brightest young starlets will be headed to Sunrise, Florida, to train with the U-20 National Team as they prepare for 2013 U-20 World Cup in Turkey. The list of players who will be making the trip includes such notables as Bryce Alderson, and Ben Fisk who have been on the National radar for the last few years. Both players had strong showings at the recent post season evaluation camp held by Whitecaps Head Coach Martin Rennie, and will look to build on their recent success' as they strive for a trip to Turkey.

      Alderson impressed the Whitecaps staff enough to be given a MLS contract last month, and needs no introduction to our loyal readers. Ben Fisk is a speedy winger who will require further development, and did not make the same impression on Caps staff as Bryce. Even though he was not offered a contract, he was still good enough to not get bossed around by the big boys last month in Burnaby. ...
      by Published on 12-01-2011 11:42 PM

      While we generally try to stay away from reporting rumours here at CSN, but an interesting story seems to be coming from Sweden today.

      A former National U-17 player and current member of Utsiktens BK appears to be on Tommy Soehn's radar. Anton Hysen, son of former Liverpool hero Glenn Hysen seems to have made quite an impression on the Whitecaps Front Office. He previously had a stint as a member of BK Hacken where he would have trained alongside Seattle Sounders man Erik Friberg. He sounds like he'll bring a blue collar attitude to the pitch as when he's not playing soccer he works part time as a construction labourer.

      Hysén became a bit of a media sensation earlier this spring when he became the first professional footballer in ...
      by Published on 11-18-2011 03:42 PM

      Continuing the clubs efforts to find the best and brightest local talent, the Whitecaps have announced today that they will be hosting an annual tournament that will be geared towards the little ones. The Tournament will take place over the Easter Weekend. This tournament will focus on the kids in those ever important 10-14 ages categories. Ripe to be plucked from their local club teams and potentially dropped in to the Vancouver residency program U-11 all the way up to U-14's will be on display for Whitecaps coaches and training staff.
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      by Published on 11-17-2011 06:52 PM

      Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie has tapped Canada's U-17 captain as the club's next homegrown player and made him a full MLS roster player today.

      The native of Kitchiner Ontario, joined the Whitecaps residency last year and was called up for the clubs post season evaluation camp in November. During the camp he showed solid positioning, was strong in his tackles, and clearly possesses decent first touch.

      Coach Rennie speaks highly of the youngster. "Bryce is an intelligent, gifted player that has already played at a very high level in his young career," offering up further praise for the starlet he pointed to his successes on the international stage "He captained Canada at last summer's U-17 World Cup, and has continued his development in our Residency program and by training with our first team. We're excited to add another young Canadian talent to our MLS squad."

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