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Whitecaps give Rennie a happy homecoming with win over RailHawks

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The Vancouver Whitecaps gave coach Martin Rennie a happy homecoming to his olf stomping ground.

Three goals from Camilo — one on a penalty — gave the Whitecaps a comfortable 3-0 preseason win over the NASL’s Carolina RailHawks in Cary, N.C. Sunday. Before coming to Vancouver, Rennie was the RailHawks’ gaffer — and he has created a steady pipeline of talent from his old NASL side to the Whitecaps. And, he brought in former RailHawks Jun Marques Davidson and Matt Watson in at half so they could enjoy some adulation from the home crowd.

Brad Knighton, another former RailHawk, started in goal for the ‘Caps.

While Camilo got the goals, also of note was the performance of forward Corey Hertzog, who drew the first-half penalty that Camilo converted. As well, Hertzog hit the post with an effort later in the first half.

The game also gave the Whitecaps the chance to run out their two new high-profile signings. Former Aston Villa and West Ham United man Nigel Reo-Coker made his first appearance in blue and white, as he captained the side through the first half. He played a central midfield role. And Honduran national teamer Johnny Leveron came in as a sub and played about 20 minutes on the back line.

As the Whitecaps wrapped up the Carolina Challenge Cup Saturday, the game gave Rennie a chance one last look to see the new faces and reserve players — as well as the former RailHawks, who he saved for the occasion of facing their own club.

Vancouver isn’t done with NASL opponents. FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller has confirmed that his side will finish its training camp with a week in Vancouver at the end of March, which will include a match against the Whitecaps Mar. 26 at UBC.

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