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Vancouver Whitecaps hire Welsh vet Carl Robinson as new head coach
The Vancouver Whitecaps hired their new head coach – officially – on Monday, bringing in Carl Robinson to replace Martin Renney, who was axed in October.
Robinson spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Caps, working mainly with the club's first team midfielders.
"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 (WhitecapsFC.com). "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."
Robinson was born in Wales and "played for more than a decade at the top levels in England and at the international stage," according to FC's press release. He was a midfielder with Wolverhampton FC, Portsmouth FC, and Norwich City. He also played for three seasons in the MLS with Vancouver's Canadian rival Toronto FC, named the team's MVP twice between 2007 and 2009.
"We are thrilled to announce Carl Robinson as our new head coach," said Vancouver's team president Bob Lenarduzzi, also in Monday's presser. "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."