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Lenarduzzi: Rennie’s dismissal reflects “fine line” between success and failure

Martin Rennie

Martin Rennie

Martin Rennie is out as head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps.

On Tuesday, the club announced that it would not renew the 38-year-old’s contract.

This after Rennie’s side posted a 13-12-9 record in MLS play this season and lifted the Cascadia Cup, awarded to the team with the best head-to-head record among Pacific Northwest clubs.

Ultimately it was the Scotsman’s failure to lead the Whitecaps to the MLS Cup playoffs for a second consecutive season, and the team’s inability to win the Canadian Championship and the coveted CONCACAF Champions League spot that comes with it, that cost him the job.

The second consecutive end-of-season meltdown will surely not have helped his case, either, as the side went through a rough 1-7-2 run over August and September after appearing like potential Supporters’ Shield contenders in midseason.

“From our point of view, it’s not just this season, it’s also last season as well,” club president Bob Lenarduzzi told reporters at a press conference at BC Place Tuesday. “In both of those years, we started well, and we tailed off toward the end…there’s no doubt there’s a fine line between success and what we would deem to be failure.
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Camilo claims MLS scoring title with season-ending hat trick

Camilo

Camilo

The Vancouver Whitecaps won’t be competing for this year’s MLS Cup, but they finished their 2013 season in style with a 3-0 win over the Colorado Rapids at BC Place Sunday, thanks to Camilo.

The Brazilian’s spectacular hat-trick fired him to 22 goals, good for most in Major League Soccer, and a worthy winner of the Golden Boot.

He opened the scoring in the 43rd minute, blasting home from the spot after Kekuta Manneh generated a penalty after Marvell Wynne took the rookie down in the penalty area.

Camilo looked as if he was going to allow Lee Young-Pyo to take the penalty, but after a discussion the defender opted to take it to bring the score to 1-0.
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Rocky Mountain low: Whitecaps’ playoff hopes die in the Denver suburbs

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps' playoff hopes.

Gabriel Torres put the final stake through the heart of the Whitecaps’ playoff hopes.

The Vancouver Whitecaps are officially out of the playoff picture, after falling 3-2 to the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City, Colo. Saturday night at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

Gabriel Torres struck the decisive goal for the home side in the 77th minute with a shot from outside the 18-yard box, just two minutes after Camilo brought Vancouver level at 2-2 from the penalty spot.

That was the Rapids’ Designated Player’s second strike of the game, after he scored his side’s first in the 41st minute from the penalty spot himself. Rookie Deshorn Brown also scored for Colorado as that team clinched a playoff spot, capitalizing on a straight goal kick the Vancouver backline failed to deal with in the 51st minute.

Camilo and Kekuta Manneh scored for the visitors in defeat. Manneh opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a long-range strike that picked the top corner of Clint Irwin’s goal.

Brown’s goal in particular will likely be remembered as the key moment in the match, as it was a simple play that both the team’s defenders and its goalkeeper failed to read.
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Camilo’s amazing brace puts shine on disappointing draw for Whitecaps

Camilo

Camilo

A Camilo brace wasn’t enough for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Sunday, as they drew 2-2 with the Portland Timbers at BC Place.

The game’s most frantic moments occurred during a four-minute spell around the 75th minute, as Donovan Ricketts stopped Kekuta Manneh from close range before denying Camilo seconds later.

Camilo would score though a minute later, picking the bottom left corner of Ricketts’ goal from a dead ball 30 yards out to bring the score level at 1-1 and cancel out Darlington Nagbe’s 41st-minute opener.

Will Johnson fired the visitors ahead in the 77th minute, hitting a shot into the bottom left corner of David Ousted’s goal after a neat cutback from Nagbe on the right side of the area.

Ricketts stood tall again with two saves in stoppage time, pushing a zipping Lee Young-Pyo effort over the bar before leaping to his right moments later in a separate attempt from Darren Mattocks.
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Whitecaps 3, Impact 0: Schallibaum erupts over game-changing decision

Marco Schallibaum

Marco Schallibaum

Dropping a 3-0 decision to the visiting Vancouver Whitecaps, the Montreal Impact was once again involved in a match that turned on a questionable referee’s decision. And, as a result of head coach Marco Schallibaum’s assessment of the match, assistant coach Mauro Biello might well be holding the reins next Saturday.

Fielding basically the same lineup as for the bulk of the season so far, Montreal fell behind a mere six minutes after play got underway, Whitecaps forward Kenny Miller’s eighth of the year putting his side on the score sheet from the penalty spot after Hassoun Camara was called for a handball inside the 18-metre box.

While they were outplayed by the visiting side, Montreal did have some opportunities to draw level but were unable to finish as the opening period stretched towards the half-hour mark.

In the 24th minute, Andres Romero rolled the ball through the box where Felipe took a shot at evening things but had his shot blocked by defender Jay Demerit before it was bicycled away from the critical area by midfielder Gershon Koffie.

Five minutes later Davy Arnaud and Justin Mapp combined for a kick at the can. Mapp got the ball to Arnaud but the Impact captain had his cross captured by goalkeeper David Ousted.
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Rennie pleased with the Whitecaps effort, but team can’t score in San Jose

Jay DeMerit

Jay DeMerit

The Vancouver Whitecaps didn’t lose any ground in a scoreless draw with the San Jose Earthquakes at Buck Shaw Stadium Saturday night, but they didn’t gain any either.

Both teams remain five points back of the fifth and final Western Conference MLS Cup playoff spot currently held by the Portland Timbers, who sit on 43 points, sitting tied for seventh in the nine-team division.

This result means the ‘Caps now just have one win in their last nine matches – a spell which has seen the team string together a dire 1-5-3 run.

Still, the Whitecaps showed strongly for periods on the night, and came close to stealing a win in the 91st minute, as substitute Darren Mattocks narrowly missed the left post from the top of the area.

The Quakes too, had chances in the dying minutes. Jay DeMerit, who played his first match since rupturing his Achilles tendon on opening day, nearly scored an own goal in the 87th minute by deflecting a Martin Chavez free kick against the woodwork.
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Rennie’s lineup changes backfire as Whitecaps lose to FC Dallas

Daigo Kobayashi

Daigo Kobayashi

The Vancouver Whitecaps started strong but fell apart in the late going Saturday evening, falling 3-1 to FC Dallas in Frisco, Tex.

Daigo Kobayashi gave the visitors hope with a fourth-minute strike, as he banged home a Kenny Miller ball across goal from the right side with his right foot, but there wasn’t much to celebrate from there.

“We got a great start to the game,” head coach Martin Rennie said on the post-match radio broadcast. “It was a great goal. We certainly would have liked to have not been losing a goal so quickly. It was a great goal and tonight Dallas scored three unbelievable goals, at least that’s how I view it having just watched the game…we saw how cruel the game can be.”

Vancouver didn’t hold their lead long, as Dallas midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson equalized just four minutes later, smashing a right footed effort just under the crossbar past Whitecaps goalkeeper David Ousted’s near post.
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New Whitecap Adekugbe called up to Canada camp, but still waits on passport

Sam Adekugbe

Sam Adekugbe

Wednesday was quite the busy day for Sam Adekugbe.

The England-born Canadian resident was named to coach Benito Floro’s roster for the national men’s team camp, which goes Sept. 1-11 in Spain. And, he was also confirmed as a member of the Vancouver Whitecaps’ MLS roster.

The defender joined the Whitecaps’ Residency in 2011, and was recently a part of Canada’s U-18 team that played in the COTIF U-20 tourney in Spain. Just last week, he received his permanent residency card. Now, Adekugbe — who came to Canada as a nine-year-old, where his family settled in Calgary — won’t take up a precious international spot and can be designated a Homegrown Player. But, to play for Canada in a FIFA sanctioned match, you need to have a passport. Adekugbe was able to play at COTIF as the tournament is a private one.

The Whitecaps confirmed that while Adekugbe is in the process of getting his citizenship, the passport is not in his possession yet. The 11 has asked the Canadian Soccer Association for clarification on Adekugbe’s status: If the passport doesn’t come, does that mean Adekugbe can only appear in the camp, but not cross the lines for the Mauritania matches? (UPDATE: The Whitecaps’ staff has indicated that Adekugbe would be OK for the Mauritania games.)
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Wonder goal from Donovan is enough to give Galaxy a win over the Whitecaps

Landon Donovan

Landon Donovan

A quick goal from Landon Donovan propelled the visiting LA Galaxy to a 1-0 victory over the Vancouver Whitecaps in front of 21,000 at BC Place Saturday evening.

Latching onto a loose ball after Andy O’Brien and Johnny Leveron both moved toward Robbie Keane in the third minute, the U.S. international powered a laser of a shot into the top left side of David Ousted’s goal in what would turn out to be game winner.

“It was just a super finish,” centre back O’Brien said after the match. “He’s sort of 20 yards out – outside the 18-yard box and to hit it so well with his left foot – it’s decided the game. I think we deserved more out of the game, but that’s the way it is.

“Sometimes a bit of brilliance like that separates winning and losing.”

It was more than just Donovan’s brilliance that separated the sides though – the play was brought about as a result of a Matt Watson giveaway within Vancouver’s half.
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Whitecaps experience a Rocky Mountain low against the Rapids

Edson Buddle

Edson Buddle

Ahead of Saturday’s match between the Colorado Rapids and the Vancouver Whitecaps at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the big stories focused on the debuts of Rapids players Gabriel Torres and Vicente Sanchez.

Instead, the Rapids claimed their 2-0 victory through a rookie and a veteran, as Deshorn Brown and Edson Buddle scored efforts for the victorious home side.

Brown scored the opener on 36 minutes, converting a header from close range from a pinpoint Sanchez cross from the right hand side. Whitecaps defender Lee Young-Pyo wasn’t tight to Brown, and the player was allowed a free header from the left which he headed across goal to beat a helpless David Ousted in the Whitecaps goal.

Following the match, Vancouver attributed that goal to an unwillingness or inability to play the ball to feet rather than kick it long. Throughout the match, the ‘Caps struggled to keep the ball, only holding it for about 45 per cent of the match.

“We had a chance to build out of the back, and when we were doing that, we were actually creating some good chances behind their midfield, and we looked dangerous,” head coach Martin Rennie told the radio broadcast. “So, first thing is I would like to have seen us do that but we decided to play long.
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