The 2015 season is not over yet but it seems that the Vancouver Whitecaps are starting to plan for next year already. The Honduran newspaper La Prensa reported that the Blue and White, through club president Bob Lenarduzzi, are analyzing the possibility of bringing Honduran striker Romel Quioto to bolster the Caps' attacking ranks in 2016.
Quioto, currently plays for Club Deportivo Olimpia in Honduras and made an appearance at BC Place last August when the Honduran side visited Vancouver as part of the CONCACAF Champions League group stage. Quioto left the match on a stretcher and had to be hospitalized with a rib fracture and collapsed lung after a collision with Whitecaps goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.
The 24 year old striker had to remain in Vancouver for a few weeks after the incident as he was unable to fly back to Honduras as per medical orders. The Whitecaps became more acquainted with Quioto as they offered their medical staff to monitor the Honduran's progress while he remained in Vancouver.
Quioto had a previous, unsuccessful stint in Europe with Wisła Kraków before returning to Honduras to join CD Olimpia. Quioto is touted as one of the most promising strikers of Honduran football and has been part of the senior national team with Los Catrachos.
Vancouver's strikers have received their fair share of criticism throughout the year, the addition of Quioto could help the Blue and White with their finishing. More importantly, Quioto would provide Carl Robinson with a suitable back-up or partner for Designated Player, Octavio Rivero.