Vancouver Whitecaps reward Carl Robinson with new deal

Vancouver Whitecaps reward Carl Robinson with new deal

Carl Robinson isn’t about to get complacent with a little extra job security. Quite the opposite.

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC head coach said he’s even more motivated to lead the Major League Soccer club to new heights after the team announced Robinson had signed a multi-year contract extension.

The news comes after a successful year for the coaching staff, which saw the Whitecaps reach the MLS playoffs for the second time in club history and qualify for the CONCACAF Champions League for the first time.

“In just one year, Carl and his staff have done an exceptional job in establishing a foundation, bringing in quality players and people, and taking this team to the next level,” Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a statement. “They are all highly respected not only within our club, but also around the league and the soccer world. We are confident that their eye for talent, dedication and hard work will continue to yield positive results.”

Robinson, 38, became Vancouver’s head coach in Dec. 2013, after serving two years as an assistant under former bench boss Martin Rennie. Pert and former ‘Caps residency coach Forrest were quickly hired on as Robinson’s assistants, while Røvde has served as the Whitecaps’ goalkeeper coach since 2011.

Under Robinson’s staff, the Whitecaps set a Canadian club record by reaching the 50-point mark in the 2014 MLS regular season.

“Following [Sunday’s] announcement, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what has been a memorable year for all of us at Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” Robinson said in an open letter addressed to fans. “It’s shaping up to be an exciting, challenging, and hopefully very successful 2015 season, and we can’t wait for First Kick at BC Place on March 7 against Toronto FC.”