Whitecaps Add Carl Robinson, Jake DeClute to Coaching Staff

News today that the Whitecaps have solidified their coaching staff with the addition of one well-known name and one other guy. Carl Robinson, formerly of the New York Red Bulls, joins the Whitecaps for his first ever professional coaching gig. Long-time Martin Rennie comrade Jake DeClute arrives from a Christian college in Massachusetts where he was head coach.

Yours Truly on West Coast Soccer Weekly (Secret Unbroadcastable Edition)

Your humble correspondent was on West Coast Soccer Weekly with Pierce Lang and Michael McColl talking about FC Edmonton, the MLS SuperDraft, and various obscenities they decided were so horrifying they actually hid the podcast in their Podbean stream and didn't advertise it on Canadian Soccer News. I know. I swear, it's not actually that bad, although they did talk to two other people and I haven't listened to those bits yet. Anyway, click the link at the top to listen. Also, I think I forgot to plug my first appearance on West Coast Soccer Weekly, where we talked about something (I was moderately drunk). That's here.

Lee Young-Pyo inks for 1+1

From the Korean news, it's said to be a one-year deal with a club option for 2013; nothing yet on salary numbers.

Nolly to return?

With Jay Nolly's upcoming option declined, and his availability in the Re-Entry Process, many thought his days with the Whitecaps were over, as his salary was already very low. The updated list of players available in the REP has been updated by MLS today and it appears that Nolly, along with Joe Cannon and John Thorrington, have been removed from the list of available players.

Omar Salgado Part of Generation Adidas Team for Dutch Tour

According to Washington Post columnist Steven Goff, Vancouver Whitecaps forward Omar Salgado is part of the Generation Adidas team heading on a tour of the Netherlands starting next week.

FC Edmonton and Vancouver Whitecaps to Train in Arizona During January

Our own SB Nation Arizona hub has broken the news that a number of MLS clubs, including the Vancouver Whitecaps, as well as FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League will be training at Grande Sports World in Case Grande, Arizona. The other Major League Soccer teams reportedly heading to Arizona are Real Salt Lake, the Seattle Sounders, the New England Revolution, and the New York Red Bulls.

2012 Victoria Highlanders Season Tickets to Cost $84; Include Share of the Team

This is just too ridiculous a deal not to mention. 2012 season tickets for the USL PDL Victoria Highlanders have been reduced to a mere $84; that amounts to $5.25 per game for a 16-game regular season to watch a team that was playoff-calibre last year plus admission to the USL W-League women's games. Moreover, that $84 also includes a share of the team. Holy crap. The Highlanders will play out of Victoria's Royal Athletic Park next season rather than the ironically-named City Centre Park in Langford; even I'll be buying a season ticket and I don't even live in Victoria anymore. That's just insane. If you support west coast soccer this might be the best deal in the country.

Owen Hargreaves Close to Joining Manchester City

It looks like Owen Hargreaves is off to Manchester City on a one-year deal, where City will presumably spend a billion dollars on him for no reason. So our long national nightmare is over, at least until the summer of 2012. SB Nation's Manchester City blog, Bitter and Blue, already has a post up on Hargreaves and will doubtless have more in the days to come. I was thinking... if Hargreaves completely bombs out with City he'll probably have a hard time attracting another EPL club. He'd come crawling back to Vancouver, which I doubt is run competently enough to refuse him. Which means that I have to cheer for Owen Hargreaves to do sort of well. OH GOD.

Ben on CBC Radio One Friday Morning at 6:43AM

Yours truly will be on CBC Radio One Vancouver's The Early Edition for five to seven minutes around 6:43AM. I'll be speaking with Stephen Smart about the Vancouver Whitecaps from a fan's perspective. Expect topics to include the size of the bags under my eyes and if there's any coffee around here. If you have anything better to do at 6:43 AM on a Friday morning (like, I dunno, sleep) they post their full shows online at the link provided so you can listen anyway. Edit, 11:30 August 19: the link has been changed to the specific episode with me in it.

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