Vancouver, BC (SportsNetwork.com) - Vancouver Whitecaps FC has named
assistant coach Carl Robinson its new head coach, the club announced on
Robinson replaced Martin Rennie, who was relieved of his duties in late
October. Rennie led the Whitecaps to their first-ever playoff berth after a
fifth-place finish in the Western Conference in 2012.
But he failed to repeat the feat in crowded 2013 field despite earning five
more points than in 2012 and boasting the services of Golden Boot winner
Camilo. He leaves Vancouver with a 24-25-19 record in league play and 28-27-22
record across all competitions.
Robinson joined the 'Caps coaching staff in January 2012 shortly after
announcing his retirement from a 16-year playing career and is now tasked with
lifting the Whitecaps into rarified air in MLS after missing the playoffs two
of their first three seasons in the league.
"We are thrilled to announce Carl Robinson as our new head coach," said club
president Bob Lenarduzzi in a statement. "During his time with the club, Carl
has shown the qualities you look for in a successful head coach -- a strong
leader, great communicator with both youth and experienced players, high
soccer IQ, technical and tactical intelligence, and a great work ethic. We are
confident that Carl is a coach who will bring out the best in his players and
help our club achieve success this season and beyond."
Robinson started his professional playing career in 1995 and spent seven years
with Wolverhampton before bouncing around England until 2007. He made the move
to MLS in 2007 and appeared in 74 games over four seasons with Toronto FC.
He was traded to the New York Red Bulls in March 2010 and spent two seasons
with the club.
Robinson also made 52 appearances for the Welsh national team from 1999-2009.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my first two seasons in Vancouver, and am looking
forward to the start of the 2014 season -- the club's 40th anniversary,"
Robinson said. "We have an exceptional fan base, a solid core of youth and
experience, and a committed ownership group. I'm really excited about the
opportunity to drive this club forward."
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