Archive for January 21st, 2013

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Another DP experiment goes bust: Robson, Whitecaps part ways

It was almost a year ago today that the Vancouver Whitecaps organized a conference call so the club could unveil Barry Robson as its new midfield general and Designated Player.

“I am very excited to be joining Whitecaps FC and to continue my career in Major League Soccer,” said Robson in February of 2012. “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. My family and I are also looking forward to our move to Canada and the beautiful city of Vancouver this summer.”

A year later, and Robson is gone — his departure marked by a training session held without him in attendance and, later, a press release from the club that confirmed he was gone.

“We are thankful for the contributions Barry made during his time with the club. Unfortunately Barry and his family never fully settled in Vancouver, and we’ve mutually decided to move in different directions,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi in that release. “On behalf of the club, I wish Barry the very best in the next stage of his career.”
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FC Edmonton to name new GM by end of the week, says Fath

Tom Leip

FC Edmonton owner Tom Fath says his NASL club should have a new general manager named by the end of the week.

Today, the team confirmed what had been rumoured for weeks, that current GM Tom Leip was going to be leaving the club. Today, the team confirmed that Leip would not be extended when his contract runs out in April.

“Because Mr. Leip’s contract ends just as the 2013 season begins, I felt it was better to make the change now so as to distract the team as little as possible,” Fath said in a release issued by the Eddies. “Mr. Leip has been a true professional since he joined us in 2011 and I want to thank him personally for the work that he’s put in. I and the club wish him success in his future endeavours.”
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USL updates list of Canadian invited to this week’s combine

Jonathan Viscosi

After some players dropped out and replacements were added, the USL has provided a final list of Canadian players who will be attending the league’s combine.

In total, 13 Canadians will be there — and six of them are products of CIS soccer.

Three Toronto Lynx products — forwards Leigh Veidman, Macca Wilde and midfielder Andrew Derayeh, will all look to be bumped up from the PDL ranks to the USL.
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