It looks like Head Coach Carl Robinson kept his search for a veteran Center Back pretty close to home, as the Whitecaps announced today they've added Center Back Pa Modou Kah, the 34 year old who spent the last two seasons with the Portland Timbers.
Of course, terms of the deal haven't been disclosed yet.
So, what do we know about Pa Modou Kah? Well, he obviously knows MLS, having spent the last two seasons in the league after jumping over from clubs in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
We know that while he had a very good 2013 in which he started 20 games (after joining the Timbers in May), and all four matches the team played in the MLS Playoffs. That's certainly nothing to sniff at.
However, 2014 was a very different story. Kah struggled through injuries, including one to his achilles tendon, and was prone to mental lapses in his game. Seriously, take a look at this recent roundtable discussing Kah's 2014 perfomance; It's anything but pretty.
Now, with all that being said, he's also heralded in that same article for having tons of heart, character and leadership qualities, something you can never have too much of on a roster.
Robbo: "Not only does he bring experience, but also great character, and that will be equally important to our team." http://t.co/0Hu8mcdV9O— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) January 21, 2015
Really, it's a question mark as to what the Whitecaps have signed up for. Either his 2014 season was an anomaly and can be blamed on injury problems, or the Whitecaps have just added an over-the-hill, mistake prone Center Back coming off some pretty troubling injuries.
In my opinion, Kah might very well turn out to be a solid option for the Whitecaps.Who knows, he may very well have a comeback season for the ages. However, if I'm being honest, I'm hoping Kah is more of a depth option at this point. I don't want to write the guy off before he even steps on the pitch in a Whitecaps kit, but I would say this is very far from a slam dunk signing. I think many would have preferred a contract for Andy O'Brien, and if Kah struggles it will be tough for the club to escape that comparison.
In short, Robbo, you've still got some work to do on this backline.