'Caps return home to Swangard

BOB MACKIN, 24 HOURS

, Last Updated: 12:27 PM ET

We now return you to the regularly scheduled Vancouver Whitecaps' season, already in progress.

The USL First Division champions ended their six-game road trip after press time last night in Seattle against the I-5 rival Sounders after winning once and tying three in their five-game southeastern swing.

The 'Caps return home to Swangard Stadium tonight when Miami FC comes looking for revenge (7 p.m., Team 1040, Shaw TV). The 'Caps upset Miami in the first round of the 2006 playoffs en route to their first league title.

Since June 10, the 'Caps have undergone a radical change in goal. Gone is Tony Caig, the reliable ex-Newcastle United backup. His release and departure to England were announced before the road trip. The personal reasons have not been disclosed. He had a 6-2-3 record with three shutouts. Backup Richard Goddard saw action in four games, winning one and tying twice. Globetrotting journeyman Lutz Pfannenstiel was signed last week.

Of the 'Caps' remaining 11 games, nine are at home. The two away games are against Portland Timbers on July 19 and Aug. 11.

Defending W-League champion Whitecaps women, meanwhile, ended their road schedule yesterday at San Diego SunWaves. They host Seattle Crossfire Sounders at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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