Most (some? a few?) Whitecaps supporters are most likely jumping in glee at the announcement that the former Ajax, River Plate and, yes, Seattle Sounders playmaker will indeed be back for at least another year in a Vancouver uniform. As usual, as per MLS and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed but one has to think that he is back at a lower salary ticket than his previous contract and without a Designated Player designation.
Rosales came to the Whitecaps back in August after he was traded for now Montreal midfielder (HA!) Nigel Reo-Coker. Rosales’s contributions on and off the pitch were noticeable, providing leadership, tutelage to younger players and starting to develop chemistry with Pedro Morales.
While some factions of the supporters still have issues with Rosales’s Seattle Sounders past, he proved to be a valuable member of the squad in the Whitecaps late surge that ultimately led them to squeak into the playoffs ahead of archrivals Portland Timbers.
A lot of discussions about Rosales’s role with the team have ensued. Some see him as the natural starter in the right flank, while other see him as perhaps the natural backup for Pedro Morales as the creative engine in the Whitecaps attack.
More importantly, are you happy with seeing Rosales back? In what position would you deploy him? Let me know in the comment section.