Tags: Vancouver Whitecaps
Young South African Ethen Sampson has been signed to a professional contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps. I have only seen him play once in the pre season friendly with Portland. He played with great desire and determination, and it is clear he is committed to being a professional footballer. He is a very strong physical player who does not shy away from a tough tackle. He has good speed, and kept up with the pace of the game. He is a great signing for the Whitecaps.
Today it was announced that the Vancouver Whitecaps have dealt Matt Watson away to the Chicago Fire. With the influx of new midfield talent coming in, the writing was on the wall for Matt. While Matt Watson did not set Vancouver on fire with his football skill, he left a wonderful impression on Vancouver Whitecaps fans.
Watson came to Vancouver as a Martin Rennie man, having played for Rennie at Carolina Railhawks. Watson stood mostly on the fringes of the first team, and rarely got a run of more than a few games. When he did play he gave his all for Vancouver and no one could question his effort and commitment to the jersey.
Watson is a great family man and delighted us all with his beautiful daughters. His wife Cat Watson is a very talented writer who gave humourous insight into the life of a professional soccer family.
Matt Watson will be remembered as the man who made a spectacular run down the left wing of the pitch in LA and passed the ball for a goal in the Whitecaps only MLS playoff game thus far. Darren Mattocks finished the pass and thrilled us all. For a while we were 1-0 up on the glamorous LA Galaxy.
The Chicago Fire is gaining a great gentleman, a solid MLS player, and a model professional. I wish all the best to Matt Watson and his family. Best wishes to Matt for success with the Chicago Fire.
Tags: Bob Lenarduzzi
Poor Bob Lenarduzzi has taken a lot of stick from fans of the Vancouver Whitecaps over the last two years. As a Lenarduzzi loyalist, I have done my best to defend the man, who is a legend of Canadian soccer and a proven winner as a player, coach, and general manager.
I will admit that my own faith in the man was shaken by the Camilo affair. The off-season was very discouraging and frustrating, and was perhaps the darkest period since the Whitecaps joined Major League Soccer… until now.
The mood has changed remarkably very recently. Lenarduzzi and the Whitecaps have responded positively to the calls of the fans who said we should get some flair in midfield. With the re-signing of Reo-Coker, the recent singings of Laba and Mezquida, and today’s signing of Pedro Morales, we all of the sudden have great depth and strength in midfield.
It all looks like Lenarduzzi might just have saved his skin. I, for one, hope so. He might just bring us success in the MLS yet.
Tags: jersey, Vancouver Whitecaps
Tonight the Vancouver Whitecaps released their new away jersey. I am getting bored of having to condemn Whitecaps kit from Adidas, but here I go again. I am about to embark on my fourth MLS season as a season ticket holder, and I still can’t stomach buying a Vancouver Whitecaps shirt from the club. The Whitecaps and Adidas seem hell bent upon ignoring the classic Vancouver Whitecaps kit, which is a real shame. Instead we are stuck with dull marine blue kit that looks like it was handed out at a cheap corporate event. The lack of imagination and the lack of ability to work with the theme of the classic uniform is beyond belief and a real disappointment. It looks like I will have to pay yet another visit to TOFFS in England (http://www.toffs.com/team-index/v/vancouver) in order to buy a decent Vancouver Whitecaps jersey. ’Nuff said.