The Vancouver Whitecaps have officially added veteran striker Blas Perez to their roster, completing a deal that has been in the works for a few weeks now. As part of the deal, the Whitecaps have sent Mauro Rosales to FC Dallas.
Perez has agreed to a one year contract, and you can find the official media release here.
"I'm very excited about this new opportunity in my professional career," Pérez said. "I have arrived in a beautiful city, to a great team that is very competitive. I will do my best in every training session and match, bringing my experience with me. I appreciate the confidence from the club and coaching staff, and I hope to repay it on the pitch by working hard for this team and by proudly representing my country, something I always try to do wherever I go."
The Whitecaps get a player that has been in MLS for a while and knows how to put the ball into the back of the net. He can get under the oppositions skin and is a 6'1 target at the top of the formation for the revamped Whitecaps midfield. Plus, at 34 years old, Perez could be a Kenny Miller-esque mentor for some of the younger strikers on the squad.
Robbo: "In the short period of time he's been here, he's shown how he can help our team. The guys have welcomed him with open arms." #VWFC— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) February 16, 2016
On the other hand, Perez is coming off an injury-riddled season in which he played in only 15 games and scored 5 times, and will have to prove his game is not on the decline.
The Whitecaps players obviously already know Perez, as he joined the club at their recent Tucson, Arizona training camp. There, he chipped in with one assist in two pre-season appearances.
What do you guys think? Will you feel weird cheering for Perez?