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As expected, Defender Martin Bonjour will not be with the Whitecaps this season.
A few days after waving bye-bye to Barry Robson, the Whitecaps announced that defender Martin Bonjour had been sent back to Liverpool (Ha, not that Liverpool) as the club tries to figure out what to do with him.
This isn't surprising. I posted an article earlier commenting on Bonjour's unclear future. When you make as much as Martin did, you can't spend half of the season glued to the bench.
Despite looking serviceable in the early going, Bonjour quickly became a card machine and never gained back the confidence of Head Coach Martin Rennie.
As a fan, you can look at this in a couple of different ways.
First, you can slam the Whitecaps for their scouting. Let's face it, having to jettison two highly paid players because they couldn't really play in the MLS looks BAD. It doesn't help that the DP spot has been a black hole of ineptitude since the 'Caps joined the MLS. This really just furthers the sentiment that the Whitecaps scouting department needs some serious upgrades.
Or, you can be a glass half full guy and look at it this way; When the Whitecaps make a mistake, they're not afraid to admit it. Bob Lenarduzzi admitted in an earlier interview that too many roster moves at mid-season screwed up his team. Now he's dumping the players he feels have no future in the MLS. Hey, it's not exactly a great silver lining, but it's a reasonable way of thinking.
My take? Having to spend an off-season looking at 'Cap salaries and shaking my head (Thorrington, Bonjour, Robson, Miller), it escapes me how a club can mismanage so many bodies. This team has scouts that are paid to find MLS caliber players that can help the club moving forward. I'd say their track record so far has been spotty at best.
(Apologies for any grammatical or spelling errors, I wrote this at work and had little time to proof-read)