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Annd That's a Wrap: Daigo Moves On

It was an end to a story as predictable as it was disappointing: So Daigo moves on.

Daigo Kobayashi: Whitecaps deal midfielder to the New England Revolution.
Daigo Kobayashi: Whitecaps deal midfielder to the New England Revolution.
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Here, in Hollywood North, we all love a great action flick. Hell, Sylvester Stallone and the Rambo franchise pretty much marked the start of filming in or around Vancouver.

And so it was with great anticipation and much fanfare last season that Vancouver Whitecaps welcomed former J-league star Daigo Kobayashi into the blue-and-white fold. After all, we'd all seen the trailer... complete with superhero-style scorpion kick in a pre-season match against the Charleston Battery.

But, despite a spectacular showing in Scene Two (vs Columbus) here at home, there was to be no Hollywood ending for Kobayashi. And in all honesty there really wasn't any Hollywood middle either - just a withering away of talent and opportunity.

This past offseason, the Caps let Kobayashi's option run out, and then in true Tinsel town form brought him back as a trialist for Daigo, The Sequel. It didn't fly, and the script just wasn't there.

Today, the Vancouver Whitecaps traded Kobayashi's rights to the New England Revolution for a fourth-round pick in the 2016 SuperDraft, thus closing the curtain on the midfielder's time in Vancouver.

Kobayashi will be joining fellow former Whitecap, Lee Nguyen, who made a point of putting the boots to the Caps in his first match against his old team - scoring a brace in a 4-1 thumping of Vancouver.

Though he failed to capture the hearts and imagination of the fans in Vancouver, here's to hoping things work out better in New England, Daigo.

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