Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club will not exercise the option on defender Greg Klazura, making him eligible for today's MLS Waiver Draft.
"During his two seasons with Vancouver, Greg was a hard worker on the field and a great ambassador off the field," said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. "We wish Greg the best of luck in the future."
Klazura, 24, joined Whitecaps FC as a second round selection in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft on January 17, 2012. In two seasons with Vancouver, the fullback made two MLS regular season appearances, as well as four Amway Canadian Championship appearances. The native of Rockford, Illinois, also played in 24 MLS Reserve League matches.
The MLS Waiver Draft will take place today at 12:30 p.m. PT via conference call. Vancouver will have the seventh selection - based on reverse order of finish, taking into account playoff performance. As with all players that clear waivers, any players not selected in the Waiver Draft will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
It's a move that really doesn't draw any emotional reaction. Klazura may have shown a few glimpses in training here and there, but it was clear he wasn't getting any time with the Whitecaps moving forward. It may be unfair to judge Klazura based on just a pair of MLS matches, but he looked pretty brutal in his time on the pitch. However, he's easily one of the coolest guys on the 'Caps, and here's hoping he finds another MLS job in the future.
With the MLS Waiver Draft today, he may not have to wait long.