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At least Carl Robinson can still smile. Just a month into his time as Vancouver Whitecaps head coach, the former Wales international has had more than his fair share of issues to deal with, but throughout a period he describes as "crazy," he has showcased the level-headed and honest approach he promised when he was appointed. Days after being handed the job, Robinson had to deal with his star striker Camilo walking out on the club in dramatic and unparalleled fashion. That eventually led to an in-person meeting with the Whitecaps leading scorer in Mexico and the resultant departure of the Brazilian. Then hours after his first MLS SuperDraft, Robinsons next task was to address the fact that one of his top ten picks is under contract with another club. "Thrown in at the deep end I think is a fair thing to say," said Robinson. "Its not troublesome. Its a learning curve. Its my first job, but all the preparation I have done over the last seven years to get my qualifications has stood me in good stead for this. I didnt realize it would come this early but Ive dealt with it professionally and honestly. Im sure Ill be a better person from it and a better head coach moving forward." Theres been plenty of finger pointing throughout the Camilo saga. Was he led astray by his agent? Could the club have done more? Should MLS have taken the case to FIFA? The fact is the Brazilian just didnt want to be in Vancouver. There was no loyalty. His past talk about loving the city, the club and the fans was proven to be nonsense. If he had any interest in playing for the Caps, Camilo would likely have been sitting down with the club this week to negotiate another new contract – his second renegotiation in three years – ahead of joining the team for preseason. Instead, he chose to pull on another teams jersey and force his way out of Vancouver. "I spoke to him 24 hours after getting the job, but I do believe by then his mind had been made up," said Robinson about a situation he has never previously encountered in 25 years of professional football. "It got into a messy situation but we needed to work out a solution. Its a significant amount of money and it will help us rebuild this club over the next year. Im looking at good players and good players cost money." The problem is, Camilos actions actually worked. He got what he wanted, and now a dangerous precedent has been set within Major League Soccer for any other players wanting to do a Camilo. Theres little doubt it will happen, unless the situation is quickly addressed by MLS headquarters. The leagues relative silence through the whole issue was disappointing. Transparency, or lack of it, has been a key theme in recent times in MLS. Commissioner Don Garber talks of the need to improve the situation, but both the Camilo saga and the handling of the Andre Lewis situation has shown there is still much work to be done. As for the Whitecaps, they will open preseason training camp with many holes still to fill in their squad. Following Camilos departure they should now have the resources available to ensure they have the players in place in plenty of time ahead of the season opener against New York Red Bulls on March 8 (live on TSN). "Over the last few weeks weve had a lot to deal with, but weve been working hard in the background," said Robinson. "Ive identified new players and hopefully over the next few days and weeks there will be a lot of players coming in. "Weve got some fantastic young players in place as well as the senior players already here so there is a very strong nucleus at the club. Were excited for the season ahead and the pieces we can bring in. There will be a number of signings coming in." 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He was taken away from the track on a stretcher, transported to a hospital and diagnosed with a concussion. He was hoping to be re-examined Sunday, but that never happened and now hes out until at least Tuesday. "Well have a better feeling then," team owner Michael Andretti said. "They just said rest and they dont want to see him again until Tuesday." Later, the team issued a statement saying that exam date has been scheduled. Traditionally, IndyCar drivers with concussions have missed a minimum of seven days off before being cleared to race. But series officials issued a statement Sunday night, saying concussions are handled on a case-by-case basis and that drivers with head injuries must pass an ImPACT test before theyre cleared to compete by series medical director Dr. Michael Olinger. If Olinger adheres to the strict timeline, though, Hinchcliffe would miss the only full week of Indy practice and might not be back in the No. 27 Honda until next weekend when the only two qualifying sessions will be held. Andretti brought in Viso, who hadnt even been in an IndyCar this season until completing 28 laps Sunday. Even Viso isnt sure what to expect next. He finished sixth on the speed charts with a fast lap of 222.105 mph. Twenty-four cars made it onto the track. Australias Will Power, who drives for Roger Penske, was the fastest of the 24 cars at 223.057 mph. Viso said he is pprepared to do whatever Andrettis team needs -- even if that means replacing Hinchcliffe for qualifying or in the May 25 race.dddddddddddd "Its too early to know. It just happened yesterday and nobody knows how hes going to recover. It 100 per cent comes down to his recovery," the Venezuelan said. "First of all, I just wish James a quick recovery. 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