The Vancouver Whitecaps return for their second season in Major League Soccer March 10 – just two short weeks away. Although the team got off to a rough start in 2011, they’ve had a busy off season, boosting the team roster with an injection of fresh talent. The ‘Caps will debut against Canadian rival Montreal Impact at the spanking new BC Place Stadium.
The ‘Caps take on Impact in a preseason match today in Orlando at 5pm PST. It promises to be an edge-of-your-seat match. Both the ‘Caps and Impact tied versus their respective teams during MLS preseason action February 10. Meanwhile Impact scored a 3-0 victory over reigning champion LA Galaxy, then lost 0-1 to Chivas USA February 14, followed by a draw with the NCAA’s UCLA Bruins, and a 3-1 win over USL’s Ventura County Fusion February 17. The Whitecaps went on to defeat the UVic Vikes 2-1 February 19.
Find out about the new players and coaches before you head out to see the action in Vancouver March 10. Details on the new season roster and how to get tix to see Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club after the jump.
New players on the 2012 Whitecaps roster
According to the Season Preview posted on the Whitecaps’ website, the most notable addition to the team roster is Sébastien Le Toux on offense. Le Toux was one of Philadelphia Union’s most influential players: the team’s all-time leading scorer, MVP, all-star and everything-man. The Whitecaps are also re-signing their top scorer from season one, Brazilian Camilo Sanvezzo.
Meanwhile Lee Young-Pyo – a Korean defense rock-star, or Korean Beckham, according to the Vancouver Sun– will strengthen the ‘Caps back line. Not only will the 34-year-old Pyo lock down the caboose, he’s also incredibly well-known in Asian communities and sure to help get some bums in seats.
Barry Robson, a pedigreed Scottish international player, is slated to join the ‘Caps midfield in July after after completing his season with English League Championship side Middlesbrough. Robson was pursued by the Australian League team, but chose Vancouver instead. He’s also played for the Scottish national team during the qualifying campaigns for the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012.
New coaches for the 2012 Whitecaps
Former Toronto FC midfielder Carl Robinson joins Whitecaps Coach Martin Rennie as an assistant. Robinson spent three seasons in Toronto before joining the New York Red Bulls. Robinson made 86 MLS appearances and was twice named TFC’s most valuable player. The team also added Jake DeClute as an assistant coach and scouting director. DeClute joins Vancouver after serving as the head coach at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts.