Thursday, January 27, 2011

Whitecaps FC Week 1 of Training Camp

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC wrapped up week 1 of training on Thursday and are headed to Casa Grande in Arizona on Friday as they continue training and play in a pair of exhibition matches against Major League Soccer competition. With week 1 from Vancouver wrapped, we at Full-Time: Vancouver's Soccer Show, offer you a variety of interviews from Whitecaps players and coaches.

First up is, what Full-Time believes to be the likely team captain in, Jay DeMerit, who is returning to competiton after 8 months off after his season ended last year in England. Who says he is easing back into training.

Greg Janicki was the defender of the year in USSF-D2 or "League Deuce" in 2010. He is looking to establish himself with the Whitecaps in MLS and says he is feeling good so far in camp.

Another holdover from last season and "League Deuces" Goalkeeper of the Year of 2010, Jay Nolly, says the 1st week of training has been good.

Wes Knight is coming off shoulder surgery in the off-season and thinks that overall, training has gone well for most in camp.

The Whitecaps have also brought in new players, whether through the expansion draft, SuperDraft or Supplementary Draft. Those players are also in camp and for Shea Salinas, it's a nice opportunity to see the construction of BC Place, training at Empire Field and meeting a lot of new faces in camp.

Michael Nanchoff was the 8th overall pick in the MLS SuperDraft and 2nd pick for the Whitecaps. He's coming off a minor injury but is enjoying training and getting to know the city of Vancouver.

Michael Boxall was a supplementary draft player and had no idea he woul be selected by Vancouver, but excited about the chance.

Whitecaps head coach Teitur Thordarson rounds out our audio for the week and says he likes what he's seen so far from the 1st week of training.

The Whitecaps will now spend the next ten days in Arizona before returning to Vancouver, where it is likely that the 'Caps will make some more signings of the current players in camp.

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