Unlike last season, the Vancouver Whitecaps defense has been anything but stalwart. If not for the stellar play of keeper David Ousted, the Caps could be closer to the Seattle Sounders at the bottom of the Western Conference standings in MLS than to the league leading Colorado Rapids. As a result it was expected that the Whitecaps may add some defensive reinforcements during the summer transfer window.
Initial speculation focused on Canadian internationals David Edgar, who was training with the team a few weeks ago, and
Nigel Marcel de Jong, who had been released by the Ottawa Fury and photos were seen of him navigating towards Vancouver with his family.
After the Vancouver Whitecaps suffered another late collapse last night against the Colorado Rapids, The Province soccer reporter Marc Weber stated that the signing of the two players was "all but done deals". So, it turns out that #WhitecapsHateCanada may need to be retired as that will bring the Canadian contingency on the senior team to 9.
Although the Caps freed up a roster position with the transfer of Octavio Rivero, there is still a need to free up another spot if the Caps are to sign both Canadians. Don't be surprised if that roster move includes sending Deybi Flores on season-long loan to the ThunderCaps.
Don't expect the additions of de Jong and Edgar to be it for the Vancouver Whitecaps. At least I hope it is not all. While the Caps have done better at scoring this season, it is clear that they need a proven striker. Sure, it is possible that Masato Kudo, who was back in the 18 last night for the first time after his deadly hit, could be that guy, the only other options are Perez and Hurtado. Blas Perez has certainly earned his opportunity thanks to a great career and solid contributions this season, but he is getting up in years and cannot be counted on as a regular 90-minute guy. Erik Hurtado has looked much better after returning from exile last season, but he has yet to show that the improvement in attitude and play can result in goals. Moreover, Kekuta Manneh's injury last night puts his next little while in doubt too, so he is not going to be an option up top for the Caps.
If the Vancouver Whitecaps are to address their scoring problem, they will have to make additional roster moves. As a result, don't expect this to be the end of the player transfers this month.
What do you expect to happen? Who do you see as the most likely on the way out?