After finishing in seventh place in Major League Soccer's Western Division, the Vancouver Whitecaps fired coach Martin Rennie on Tuesday. Rennie was on the job for two seasons, compiling a 28-27-22 record overall, 24-25-19 in MLS play. He guided the Whitecaps to fifth place in the West in 2012, leading the franchise to the playoffs in its second season. "On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Martin for his work over the past two-plus seasons not only on the pitch, but in our front office, in our community, and with our partners," Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a statement. "These decisions are never easy and include a lot of thought and analysis. We have made a number of improvements since joining Major League Soccer; however, in order for this club to continue to grow and reach the next level, now is the right time to make this change and move in a different direction." The club is launching the search for a new coach, the Whitecaps announced on their website. A 38-year-old from Scotland, Rennie coached minor league teams in North Carolina and Cleveland before taking over in Vancouver.
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