There is optimism on the West Coast. After a successful 2012 campaign that saw them being the first Canadian club to make the MLS playoffs, the Vancouver Whitecaps are expecting loftier moments in 2013.
The Whitecaps finished fifth in the Western Conference standings with a 11-13-10 record. In their playoff appearance, the Whitecaps gave a brave effort, but fell 2-1 to the eventual MLS champion Los Angeles Galaxy.
However, if the Whitecaps are to move up the MLS table, they must find more ways into putting the ball to the back of the net. Only the Portland Timbers and Chivas USA scored fewer goals than the Whitecaps, who managed to score a mere 35 goals all season. Manager Martin Rennie is concerned about the lack of production up front, and is making the proper changes.
Gone are forwards Kyle Porter, Atiba Harris, midfielder Barry Robson and defender Martin Bonjour. The…
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