Jordan Harvey has signed with expansion franchise LAFC. He came to the Whitecaps in 2011 half way through their expansion year after joining Philadelphia in their expansion year, and will join LAFC in their expansion season. That’s his thing. Some people wear plaid, some like to hang around backstage at concerts, and Jordan does the MLS expansion franchise thing.
Harvey quickly became a mainstay of the Vancouver defence in his 7 years with the team. He is the most capped Cap with 200 appearances in all competitions, 179 of those in the MLS regular season. ‘Jordan Harvey goal machine’ became famous after a spurt of goals in 2013 and scored 10 goals and 10 assists during his time here. But what Harvey really brought to the team was a solid work ethic every game along the left side of defence. He wasn’t always the best player on the pitch, but he was always reliable. Harvey even put in a strong performance after being up all night for the birth of his baby girl before a regular season game.
It was Harvey’s consistency over the years that fought off the charges of a young up and coming LB in Sam Adegkube. Soon Sam was put on loan to find playing time, and Jordan continued as a familiar and effective piece of Vancouver’s back line. Adegkube is now reported to be sold to IFK Götborg in Sweden.
It appears to be the perfect time for the Viejo California native to return home and start a new chapter in his soccer career in LA. Harvey played most games for WCFC last season until Marcel de Jong’s play in the final stretch forced Jordan onto the bench. He admitted to some frustration at not having the chance to start in the post season after the part he played all year to get them there. And now, Bret Levis is back from injury and ready to challenge for his time on the left side. Harvey will be exactly what LA need in their inaugural year, a savvy MLS veteran who can still play the game and will inject his reliably solid play into a team of big and smaller names from all over the map.
We’ll miss Jordan’s play on the pitch, his work in the community, his articulate interviews and his passion for the club. But I’m sure many like myself wish him well and understand this is a good move for him at this time in his and the club’s career.
All the best Jordan! Thank you for the memories and for becoming one of us during your time here.