The Whitecaps wrapped up their first portion of preseason training in Burnaby and now move camp south to Arizona. Martin Rennie has been impressed with the overall tempo in practice, especially the fitness level of the players, compared to the post season camp at the end of last season. The club now moves to Casa Grande for 10 days, where they trained last season, to work on their defensive game and team bonding.
A couple of players were released today as 2012 supplemental pick Mark Fetrow and trialist Diego Oliverira will not be joining the club going forward. Residency players Caleb Clarke and Callum Irving will train in Arizona with the first team while Ben Fisk remains in Vancouver despite impressing Rennie. The coach felt he had seen enough of Fisk and with the possibility of trialists joining the club, there would be a lack of time on the pitch for the youngster.
In other news, the Whitecaps also announced that the club would be playing a friendly against the University of Victoria at Centennial Stadium on February 19. The Vikes finished first in the CIS for 2011 and are coached by Bruce Wilson, captain of the 1986 Canadian World Cup Team. Tickets range from 7-15 dollars and can be purchased on the UVic website.