Vancouver Whitecaps name ex-Toronto FC midfielder Carl Robinson as new coach
Toronto FC's Carl Robinson, right, battles for the ball against Los Angeles Galaxy forward Bryan Jordan, left, during second half MLS soccer action in Toronto on Saturday, June 6, 2009. Robinson is the new head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps.The 37-year-old Robinson has been an assistant with the Major League Soccer club for the last two years. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Nathan Denette)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, December 16, 2013 1:32PM EST
VANCOUVER - Carl Robinson is the new head coach of the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The 37-year-old takes over after spending the last two seasons as an assistant with the Major League Soccer club.
Robinson replaces Martin Rennie, who was fired in October after Vancouver failed to make the playoffs.
After Rennie was shown the door, club president Bob Lenarduzzi said MLS experience would be an important trait for his successor.
Robinson has that, although not as a head coach.
As a player, the bruising midfielder spent three seasons with Toronto FC before joining the New York Red Bulls in 2010.