VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Vancouver Whitecaps have named 36-year-old Martin Rennie as their new head coach.

Rennie is currently coaching the Carolina RailHawks of the tier-two NASL League and won’t join the Whitecaps until after the RailHawks’ season is over.

“I’m in an exciting job right now and I’ve got a lot to look forward to next season.  So for me, the team I’ve got right now has got so much work to do and a lot to focus on,” says Rennie.

Over his last two years in Carolina, Rennie’s team has scored a league-high 87 goals and posted 25 shutouts.

Rennie becomes the Whitecaps’ third coach in their first season of Major League Soccer.  Teitur Thordarson was fired after 12 games and the ‘Caps are 2-6-3 under interm coach Tommy Soehn.

“It appears as though it is a lot of coaches in a short period of time, but if people understand the circumstances [then] I think you can wrap your head around that.  Ultimately, if it’s a move that allows us to finish out this season on a high and look forward to an off-season of adding to the good core of players that I think we’ve got, then we can be assessed on whether we acted rationally or not,” says Whitecaps President Bob Lenarduzzi.

The club won its third game of the season against the Chicago Fire over the weekend.