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Whitecaps fire Rennie as coach

Tuesday - 10/29/2013, 10:36pm  ET

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- The Vancouver Whitecaps fired coach Martin Rennie on Tuesday after a second straight up-and-down season that saw the Whitecaps start strong before struggling late in the season.

Vancouver recovered in time to squeak into the 2012 playoffs -- a first for a Canadian MLS team -- but a 1-7-2 slide midway through the 2013 season was too much to overcome and cost Rennie his job.

"Ultimately, the rationale behind the decision is the inconsistency," Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said. "If we look back over the two years, we had two relatively good starts, and in each of those seasons we seemed to tail off.

"In the first year we were able to survive that and make the playoffs, but in the second year we weren't able to do so."

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