The Vancouver Whitecaps have finally made a move (well, a positive one anyways) this off-season, acquiring former all-star RB Steven Beitashour from the San Jose Earthquake for what appears to be allocation money. Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC.com reported the news first, and you can read his piece here.
It's a great move for the Whitecaps, and one that plugs the hole left by the legendary YP Lee at the position. It could also spell the end of backline moves for the Whitecaps this off-season, considering they now have a potential starting four of Jordan Harvey, Carlyle Mitchell/Andy O'Brien, Jay Demerit/Johnny Leveron, and now Beitashour. While I've never been a big fan of Harvey, that is still a very solid lineup - especially if they can stay healthy this season, something that was a major problem in 2013.
One thing's for sure; Demerit likes it, so who am I to argue?
I'm a fan of this move, mainly because they're getting a young(ish) player at 26 years of age, but one that has plenty of experience in MLS. He knows the league, knows the Western Conference, and shouldn't have the same adjustment period a player coming from a different league might have. Mainly, I'm just glad the 'Caps have put the ridiculousness of this off-season behind them, and are finally starting to build their roster.