Caps Close Preseason With Victory

Win over NASL squad gives Vancouver motivation as the 2013 season quickly approaches
by Jake Vendramin   |   Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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The Vancouver Whitecaps defeated the NASL’s Carolina Railhawks 3-0 on Sunday in their final match of the 2013 MLS preseason. This was a game that saw Camilo Sanvezzo record a hat trick and new Whitecaps signings Nigel Reo-Coker and Johnny Leveron make their debuts.

Camilo’s first goal came from the penalty spot in the 9th minute, which derived from striker Corey Hertzog getting taken down on the edge of the box. Camilo stepped up to the spot and fired it home right down the middle for the goal.

The little Brazilian’s second goal came in the 34th minute when he came streaking into the Railhawks’ half and scored with a marvelous left-footed strike from outside the box that sailed into the top corner.

The Whitecaps No. 37 completed his hat trick just after halftime in the 49th minute when Greg Klazura sent in a perfect cross along the ground to Camilo, who had the simple task of tapping in the ball.

"I was really pleased with many things that probably go unnoticed,” said manager Martin Rennie.

The Whitecaps’ recent signings, Reo-Coker and Leveron, made their debuts for the team against the Railhawks as well. To many people’s surprise, Reo-Coker was given the captain’s armband too, showing that he has already gained confidence from the Caps manager.

"Even in the locker room before the match, he was a big presence and brought a great deal of energy and confidence to the young players,” Rennie said. “I think he needs a little bit more time to get fully fit, but I think he will be a fantastic addition to our team and an excellent MLS player."

As for Leveron, he made his first appearance for the club as a substitute, entering the game in the 66th minute for Adam Clement.

I think the Whitecaps can definitely take a lot of positives out from this match. First of all, it is great to see Camilo back on the score sheet, and in such a special way with the hat trick.

Secondly, Leveron and Reo-Coker made their Whitecaps debuts and both had great games in my opinion. I am definitely looking forward to watching Reo-Coker play as I think he will be a brilliant player for the Caps this season and in the future as well.

NEXT UP: March 2 – Whitecaps vs Toronto FC, BC Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada. 6:30 p.m. EST, TSN, RDS2.


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