With the start of the 2015 USL season just weeks away, head coach Alan Koch continues to add to his WFC2 squad.
Today the Vancouver Whitecaps and Koch announced the free agent signing of 28-year old USL veteran MF Tyler Rosenlund. Rosenlund, who is a native of Port Coquitlam, played the last five seasons with the USL's Rochester Rhinos.
During his time in Upstate New York, Rosenlund played in 124 matches and scored 11 goals. He was a member of the Rhino's team that beat the Austin Aztex by a single point to win the 2010 USSF Division 2 USL Conference regular season title*. The following season Rosenlund was honored with the Rhinos 2011 Player of the Year award.
"In Tyler, we add a local product who brings a wealth of league experience. His leadership will be important as we embark on our inaugural season."
~Alan Koch, WFC2 Head Coach
Before Rosenlund went to sunny California, where he played his collegiate soccer at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), he learned his craft playing for Surrey United in the Pacific Coast Soccer (PCSL) and the Vancouver Metro Soccer Leagues (VMSL), and was named the 2003 BC Soccer Athlete of the Year. While playing for the UCSB Gauchos, Rosenlund's team twice reached the finals and won a collegiate championship in 2006.
"It's great to be back home and play in my own backyard. I've been in the league for five years now and I can pass on my knowledge to the younger guys on the team. I'm looking forward to getting the season underway."
~Tyler Rosenlund, WFC2 Midfielder
Rosenlund also has international experience having played for Canada at the 2005 FIFA U-20 World Cup. In addition to his time with the Rhinos, Rosenlund also played for Åtvidabergs FF in Sweden and Toronto FC. During his time with the Reds in 2008 he made 8 appearances and scored a single goal.
The 2010 Rhinos were knocked out of the playoff quarterfinals by the Puerto Rico Islanders. The Islanders then went on to defeat our very own Whitecaps en route to the finals where they defeated the Carolina Railhawks, then managed by former Whitecaps FC manager Martin Rennie, by an aggregate score of 3-1.
Also in 2010 the Whitecaps' Greg Janicki and Jay Nolly were awarded the honours of Defender and Goalkeeper of the Year. In addition Janicki, Nolly and the iconic Martin Nash were all named to the USSF Div. 2 Best XI team.