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Whitecaps Finalize Matias Laba Deal, Make Other Moves

Johnny Leveron, Mauro Rosales, Sebastian Fernandez among those that have option declined, but club remains in contact with all of them, according to press release.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps picked up options on nine players,but perhaps the most eyebrow raising moves came from the players that had theirs declined.

Reliable defensive back Johnny Leveron, midfield wizard Mauro Rosales, and Uruguryan pair Sebastian Fernandez and Nicolas Mezquida joined Mamadou Diouf as those who did not have their option exercised by the club, although that doesn't mean they won't be back in a Whitecaps kit this season.

The players who did have their contracts picked up include:

  • Darren Mattocks
  • David Ousted
  • Gershon Koffie
  • Erik Hurtado
  • Marco Carducci
  • Ethen Sampson
  • Medhi Ballouchy
  • Andre Lewis
  • Paolo Tornaghi
A bit surprising that Tornaghi was picked up, showing perhaps the Whitecaps don't have 100% faith in Marco Carducci as an MLS backup quite yet. Also a bit surprising that Leveron wasn't picked up, while Ballouchy and Tornaghi were.

Now, again, it's not like those five players will absolutely not back in a Whitecaps kit next season, it just means the club will have some negotiating to do.

I, for one would love to see Rosales and Fernandez back, but I'd also like the Whitecaps to spend their money finding a good, reliable striker.

The club proved true to their word on the Matias Laba deal, as they announced they had finalized the details to keep him in a Whitecaps kit next season. Those terms weren't disclosed, but as long as he's back in 2015, I really couldn't care less.

Finally, the club announced they had re-signed young Canadian striker Caleb Clarke, and that they remained in contact with out of contract defensive back Andy O'Brien, who appears would have to accept both a reduced role and salary.

Who do you want the Whitecaps to bring back? Who should the Whitecaps walk away from completely?