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Vancouver Whitecaps play coach's way

By Tyler Green, 24 hours Vancouver, soccer columnist

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson.

Vancouver Whitecaps coach Carl Robinson. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

I’ll admit, seeing Vancouver Whitecaps FC play this season at home has been enjoyable. And while the road performances haven’t been glamorous, you can’t argue with the results.

Even just four matches in we are giddy with excitement to see what could come next. Can the Whitecaps sculpt a new masterpiece in their next home performance against Colorado on Saturday.

Much of the accolades for the early success of the Whitecaps go to head coach Carl Robinson, who has gotten the squad to play his style, his way, and with his desire.

The flicks, the dummies and the one-twos, the 60-yard perfect passes from new designated player Pedro Morales, and the cheeky penalty kicks from Kenny Miller has everyone dreaming of soccer glory thanks to the manager who originally seemed to be the second or even third choice of team management.

A former Welsh international, Robinson quietly put together a team that had loads of potential, but most pundits didn’t rate the moves to pay dividends so quickly. While it is early, we’ve already seen what this team can do.

If the 37-year-old manager can get Vancouver to continue to get his players to play his way and have them improve throughout the season, the Whitecaps have the potential to be contenders in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.

With seven goals through four matches, and undefeated so far, Robinson has created a Whitecaps team that has also left two sellout crowds at BC Place talking soccer. Perhaps that could be the greatest achievement thus far.

In an off-season that left many focused on the negatives, the Welshman now has those same fans and supporters talking positives. Forgotten is the Camilo fiasco, a bad dream that passed after the likes of Morales and Fernandez stepped onto the field and wowed us with beautiful goals and passes.

When former head coach Martin Rennie left us wondering what could have been, Robinson already has us dreaming about what’s next.

Perhaps Russell Brand, actor, comedian and soccer fan wrote it best, “I shall enjoy this year’s football; I’ll ride the snake, like Jim Morrison as a soccer-ball shaman.”

I’ve entered Robbo’s world, and so far, it has been enjoyable to live in it.

Tyler hosts SOCCER TALK on AM650 Radio, heard Saturday nights at 10 p.m. to midnight. Follow Tyler online at and on twitter @tylergreenFC.


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