Update January 23rd
It’s official: The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Yordy Reyna. According to the Whitecaps official press release, they’re using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) to complete the deal.
Reyna, 23, was acquired with the use of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and has agreed to an MLS contract through 2018, with club options for 2019 and 2020. He will occupy an international roster spot and officially join the club's roster pending receipt of his international transfer certificate, Canadian work permit and visa.
He stands 5’7 and 145 lbs, and is described as ‘fast, clever and very direct with the ball,” from Head Coach Carl Robinson. Robinson also called him an ‘exciting young player’, as he tried to rebuild the identity of the offense for this club.
The skipper may be right, and Reyna may turn out to be a great player for the Whitecaps. However, as it stands right now, Reyna is a project player and it remains to be seen whether or not he will have the impact the Whitecaps need to regain some swagger in their attack.
That being said, it sounds like Robinson isn’t done adding to the roster.
The addition of Reyna is an important one for Whitecaps FC, but Robinson said that there are still a “number of things to consider” as he continues to build the roster.
“We’re always looking to strengthen,” he said. “However we do it, whether we decide to go and get a #9, or whether decide to bring in a secondary striker and play Kekuta up top or whatever, we’ll look at. But it all depends on numbers.”
What do you think, fans? Is Reyna the answer the Whitecaps are looking for?
According to Marc Weber of ‘The Province’, the Vancouver Whitecaps are adding forward/winger Yordy Reyna, a 23 year old Peruvian International. He goes on to say Reyna will join the team in Wales this coming week, as they get ready for the pre-season.
As the off-season has worn on, Whitecaps fans have been desperately awaiting a new signing, a big splash that could help spark an attack that was stagnant for large portions of the 2016 season. While Reyna comes with plenty of potential, he’s likely not going to be that player for Vancouver, at least not immediately.
Here’s what Weber has to say about him.
Caps’ manager Carl Robinson is said to like Reyna’s work ethic, pace and directness, but this move is still clearly a project signing. This is a young player with potential who has been struggling to find his form in Europe, not the impact forward signing fans are waiting for in Vancouver.
Reyna is with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, but has spent time on loan, most recently with RB Leipzig. He’s also made the squad for the Peru Men’s National Team with two goals in six appearances, both goals coming in 2013.
Hopefully some bigger news is on the horizon.