'Caps hope Tony, Joey return

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

The Vancouver Whitecaps will have new jerseys in 2007 with another silver star representing Vancouver's second North American men's soccer championship.

Director of soccer operations Bob Lenarduzzi hopes goalkeeper Tony Caig and striker Joey Gjertsen will return to wear them.

"I'm hopefully going to agree to something with the club to stay longer term," said ex-Newcastle United backup Caig. "I've grown into the city. The way of life is very good."

Caig, 32, had 11 shutouts in 2006. He allowed one goal in five playoff games.

League most valuable player Gjertsen scored 13 times in his sophomore season, but plans to weigh his options.

"If I can't be this happy and comfortable somewhere else, then I'm going [to] return here to Vancouver," said the 24-year-old from Tacoma, Wash.


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