Tuesday Kickoff: Whitecaps' major news, riots force cancellations and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Whitecaps' major news, riots force cancellations and more

MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps

Tuesday Kickoff: Whitecaps' major news, riots force cancellations and more

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have an announcement to make.

The club has called a 1:30 p.m. (ET) press conference Tuesday for an "important club announcement."

According to The Province, the announcement will be the hiring of current Carolina Railhawks coach Martin Rennie as the club's boss in 2012. Tom Soehn took over for the ousted Teitur Thordarson during the team's inaugural MLS season but wasn't expected to be the long-term answer at coach as he maintains his responsibilities as director of soccer operations.

That answer appears to be the 36-year-old Rennie, who has led the Railhawks to an impressive NASL campaign while getting on the MLS radar. He was previously reported to be a coaching target of the Montreal Impact, who are set to announce their MLS coaching hire on Wednesday.

Here are a couple of more stories to get your Tuesday going:

LONDON RIOTS FORCE CANCELLATIONS

The chaos currently going on in England has spilled over into the sports world.

England's scheduled friendly with the Netherlands on Wednesday and Tuesday's Ghana-Nigeria friendly that was to be played at Watford have been called off, and a handful of other Carling Cup games have been postponed this week in light of the riots that have consumed London.

With player and fan safety being compromised, it's no surprise that the games have been put on the back burner while police and country officials attempt to restore order. It has yet to be determined whether any of the opening games of the Premier League season will affected by the unrest.

COSMOS CLOSE WEST ACADEMY

The New York Cosmos announced the closure of their Los Angeles-based academy, doing so while keeping a potential leap to MLS in mind. 

In a statement released by the organization, the Cosmos said, "Cosmos Academy West will not be able to function or exist given the parameters that a professional soccer team in New York City must follow. It is our goal to play in Major League Soccer in New York City."

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What do you think of a potential hiring of Rennie for the Whitecaps? What do you make of the rioting in London? Think it was the right move for the Cosmos to shut down its L.A. academy?

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