The Vancouver Whitecaps added some depth to one of their biggest roster needs on Tuesday, by acquiring Right Back Sheanon Williams from the Houston Dynamo. Heading back the other way is General Allocation Money, according to WhitecapsFC.com.
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He’s younger, at just 26 years old, and he’s been in MLS since 2010, so he obviously knows the league quite well. The Boston, Massachusetts native began his career with The Phildelphia Union before moving to Houston midway through the 2015 season. Last year, he contributed one assist in 20 matches started, and appearances in 22 matches overall. He’s also been to the post-season once, in the 2011 season with Philly.
Per the Whitecaps press release:
"Sheanon is an athletic, solid defender with an attacking mind," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "Since joining the league back in 2010, Sheanon has been a regular starter and has a great reputation throughout the league as someone with outstanding character. We are excited to welcome him to our locker room
The Right Back spot was a problem for the Whitecaps for the majority of the season, with Jordan Smith proving to be spotty at best, while Fraser Aird struggled, improved, then battled injury.
Other odds and ends:
The MLS Expansion Draft was held on Tuesday, and no Vancouver Whitecaps were selected. The full list is here.
Finally, Alphonso Davies was named the U17 Canadian Player of the Year. Deanna Rose, from the Whitecaps FC Girls Elite program, was also named a recipient. Davies turned 16 last month, and is a pretty easy pick for the award. Kadin Chung took home the honor last season.