'Caps cut six from roster

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 11:46 AM ET

Vancouver Whitecaps' backup goalkeeper Josh Wicks was among six players released yesterday by the United Soccer Leagues' First Division champions.

Wicks came north from San Bernardino, Calif., in 2005. He was 2-1-2 with two shutouts last season in relief of Tony Caig, the ex-Newcastle United reserve goalkeeper.

"Josh Wicks has good ability and had two years here where he didn't get a lot of time," said Whitecaps' head coach Bob Lilley. "He played well when he played."

Caig is returning but Lilley is seeking another goalkeeper to compete with Serge Djekanovic.

Whitecaps also cut forwards Gary Brooks and Corey Woolfolk, and defenders John Jones, Anthony Noreiga and Ryan Suarez. MLS veteran Suarez wants to be closer to his family in California.

"We'll miss him," Lilley said.

Whitecaps finish their fall training today and go on hiatus until Jan. 15.

Meanwhile, 2005 league most valuable player Jason Jordan is awaiting surgery to solve the toe problem that sidelined him for most of 2006. Joey Gjertsen, who was 2006's MVP, continues to recover from sports hernia surgery.


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