Back in late October of last year, the Vancouver Whitecaps began their search for a new head coach. Vans Shoes Outlet . Martin Rennie – who joined the club in August 2011 with a reputation as a young, up and coming manager - had just been fired after failing to lead the club to a second consecutive playoff berth. The Whitecaps were understandably hesitant to go with another young, up and coming manager; they wanted an experienced coach to guide their early steps in Major League Soccer. Their view was that the club needed someone in charge who not only had experience, but who also knew the league inside and out. MLS has proven to be a difficult league for foreign managers to come to grips with, given the single entity structure and salary cap restrictions that are in place. After the Chicago Fire snapped up Vancouverite Frank Yallop to be their new coach, the leading candidate for the Whitecaps job was former United States mens national team coach, Bob Bradley. He certainly fit the bill; over three decades of coaching experience, with stints in charge of the Chicago Fire, New York/New Jersey Metro Stars (now the New York Red Bulls) and Chivas USA, as well as with the U.S. and Egyptian national teams. But landing Bradley was always going to be a long shot. While the Whitecaps reportedly interviewed a number of coaches, including former Montreal Impact boss Jesse Marsch and Toronto FC head coach Preki, they always had a fallback option; one of Martin Rennies assistant coaches, Carl Robinson, who wanted the job. The Whitecaps were very hesitant to appoint Robinson without first exhausting their other options, which is one reason why it took the club the best part of six weeks to make their decision. In the end, after Bradley rejected the Whitecaps overtures, the club announced that Robinson would become their new head coach. The decision that Vancouver didnt want to make will prove to be the best thing that ever happened to them. In a relatively short period of time, Robinson has brought a vision and a direction to Vancouver. They play an attacking brand of soccer, where pace and technique are prized assets. He has a young squad, but has given his young players a chance to play by surrounding them with experienced veterans who are great leaders. Players like Pedro Morales and Mauro Rosales not only lead by example, they also take the time to teach their younger teammates the finer points of the game. Robinson has his team on the verge of a playoff berth in the difficult MLS Western Conference – and he has done so without a recognized goal scorer in his squad. The loss of Camilo at the end of last season (before Robinson was hired) coupled with the departure of Kenny Miller to Glasgow Rangers in May left Vancouver without a proven experienced goal scorer. Neither 23-year-old Erik Hurtado nor 24-year-old Darren Mattocks are consistent enough to lead the team week in, week out. This season, they have a combined return of just 11 goals in 56 total games. At times this season, Robinson has had to rely on unproven youngsters to get the job done. The latest example was 18-year old Kianz Froese, who made his professional debut as a halftime substitute – replacing 19-year old Kekuta Manneh – in the Whitecaps 1-0 victory in Seattle last weekend. Froese was excellent, and put in a display that belied his age. Relying on youngsters can be dangerous, because a coach can never be sure if those players can handle the step up to competing against seasoned veterans. But Robinson and his coaching staff have created an atmosphere where young players are considered valued assets, rather than risks that should only be deployed in desperation. This atmosphere has in turn brought out the best in those youngsters; while they can be inconsistent – as all young players can be - they still have the confidence to take the field and play with freedom. From the very beginning of his tenure, Robinson has been completely transparent about what he is trying to do in Vancouver, even taking the unprecedented step of opening training at all times to the media. His reasoning is clear – he wants people to see him work, so they can make up their minds about whether or not he is good at his job. That is not arrogance; it is the mark of a coach who is confident in his own abilities. Vancouver has just two games remaining in their regular season schedule – away to the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday (10:30pm et/7:30pm pt. on TSN) and home to the Colorado Rapids on Oct. 25 – and they might still find themselves just outside the playoff places when it is all said and done. The Portland Timbers are snapping at Vancouvers heels, just one point back with two games remaining, and could surpass the Whitecaps if Vancouver slips up. But regardless of whether or not the Whitecaps make the playoffs, Carl Robinsons job is safe. In fact, if Vancouvers leadership group is wise, theyll not only keep Robinson, theyll extend his contract. Because the coach that got the job by default is now an asset that the club simply cannot afford to lose. Vans Old Skool Black Sale .com) - Joique Bells touchdown run in the fourth quarter gave the Detroit Lions a 20-14 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Vans Sk8 Hi Clearance . -- Masahiro Tanaka knows that first appearance in a spring training game for the New York Yankees will be scrutinized. http://www.vansshoesclearancesale.com/vans-old-skool-sale/white.html . According to a report from the Hamilton Spectator, Infrastructure Ontario has informed the City of Hamilton and the Tiger-Cats the stadium may not be ready by the June 30 deadline. DOVER, Del. -- Jimmie Johnson handled the pothole at Dover the same way he disposed of a rough patch to start the season. He won. A week after shaking off a lengthy winless streak by his championship standards, Johnson raced his way to another routine romp at Dover International Speedway. He followed last weeks victory in the Coca-Cola 600 with another sensational run at Dover, extending his track victory record to nine. Johnson was the class of the field in a race red-flagged for 22 minutes to repair a pothole in the concrete track. "Whatever they put in the pothole, it worked awfully well," Johnson said. His No. 48 Chevrolet was even better. Johnson led 272 of 400 laps, and won consecutive races for the 13th time. The six-time Cup champion swept Dover in 2002 and 2009 and won races in 2005, 2010, 2012 and 2013. Brad Keselowski was second, followed by Matt Kenseth, Clint Bowyer and Denny Hamlin. "For sure, when you come to Dover, its always the 48," Kenseth said. "Weve got to figure out how to get ahead of him." Good luck. Johnsons checkered flag celebrations at Dover have seemingly become a rite of the NASCAR season. He became Dovers career leader in laps led when he hit the 2,802 mark, and again stamped himself as contender for a series-tying seventh championship. "Its amazing that we can stay on top of things here with the different generation car, different rules, different tires," Johnson said. "This place just fits my style and (crew chief) Chad Knaus style." His lone regret, that owner Rick Hendrick was not at the track. Johnson is heating up right as the NASCAR heads into its summer schedule. Up next, Pocono, where Johnson won last season and has two other wins. "We can get on a roll," he said. "Weve got some good tracks ahead of us." Johnson had some wondering what was wrong after an 0 for 11 start to the season. Turned out, it was nothing racing at some of his favourite tracks couldnt fix. But Johnson also revealed he had surgery to repair three hernias at the end of last season, which cost the No. 48 team testing time. "We felt like it was time to shut things down and let the team kind of recoup," he said. Johnson never left any doubt his No. 48 Chevrolet was the car to beat, the only drama coming when the race was stopped 160 llaps into the race after Ryan Newmans car pulled up chunks of the track that kicked back and damaged Jamie McMurrays car. Vans Old Skool Clearance. The race was soon stopped and crews werent allowed to work on the cars. McMurrays plea for an exception was denied. "It killed the front-end," he said. "Our guys did a really good job recovering here putting all the stuff on and we salvaged what we could." More pieces of the track flew up and cracked a window on the pedestrian crossover bridge. NASCAR officials and safety crews went to work on the potholes and applied a quick-drying concrete mix. Cup races were infamously delayed by potholes at Martinsville in 2004 and the 2010 Daytona 500. McMurray won at Daytona in 2010. "It started to come back up at the end, but I didnt think it was a major issue," Keselowski said. "It was definitely a major issue at first when it happened. I could feel it when I was driving over it, and you knew it was only going to get worse." Kevin Harvick might have wished for a longer delay. Harvicks lead at the red flag evaporated because of a flat tire not long after racing resumed and he fell two laps behind Johnson. Harvick worked his way back into a 17th-place finish. Kyle Busch led the first 81 laps before Johnson passed him. Buschs bid for a tripleheader sweep at Dover would soon end when the No. 18 Toyota slammed into the outside wall. Bowyer moved into Buschs line, which caused him to wreck 124 laps into the race. "It was one of those deals where I thought I was clear, obviously, and wasnt and ruined his day and certainly didnt help mine," Bowyer said. Busch, who became the 15th driver to pass 10,000 career laps led, won the Truck Series race Friday and the Nationwide race Saturday. He has the only three-race sweep since NASCAR expanded to three national series in 1995, accomplishing the feat in 2010 at Bristol. Busch, who did not talk to the media, is 1 for 9 in Cup races after winning the first two in the same weekend. Busch had some company in the garage. AJ Allmendinger turned into Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. on Lap 135, which knocked out the Roush Fenway Racing teammates. Biffle, though, later returned to finish. "They were racing hard back there and he stuck it into a hole that maybe there wasnt room for," Biffle said. ' ' '