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Whitecaps on Loan (March 2018)

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Another month is in the books and that means it’s time for another Whitecaps on loan update! There’s not a lot to talk about because the Vancouver Whitecaps seem insistent on loaning players to teams where they will be on the fringes. However, there was one player who seems to have made a real breakthrough. Read on to find out who.

Los Cañeros:

Marco Bustos made a 7-minute cameo against Dorados de Sinaloa and played 45 minutes against Leones Negros UdeG. Unfortunately for the young Canadian, last month’s cup heroics haven’t led to a significant increase in playing time.

Los Mimados:

Bustos’ time on the field may be limited but it’s an excess of riches compared to Deybi Flores. Flores has refused to report to Motagua’s reserve team, after being relegated for a poor attitude in training, and is now ostracized from the team altogether. What does Flores do in his spare time one wonders. Play in a local Sunday league? Go to the gym? Harry Potter Marathon? Your guess is as good as mine. His loan ends in June.

La Ciudad de las Fuentes:

Spencer Richey played 90 minutes in a preseason friendly against Nashville. However, he’s yet to make an appearance in competitive play. He’s got his work cut out for him as Cincy’s first choice, Evan Newton, is in the form of his life.

Los Zorros:

Cory Brown: Brown has shown enough to earn a contract but is yet to make an appearance in a competitive match.

Terran Campbell: Played 10-minutes against Sacramento in preseason and also scored a late winner in a closed-door game against Real Monarchs. When it comes to competitive action, Campbell has been limited to cameo appearances, often coming on as a late sub to kill time. He’s made two ‘appearances’ -2-minutes against LA Galaxy II and 3-minutes vs OKC energy.

Sean Melvin: Played 90 minutes against Sacramento in preseason but is yet to see the field in competitive action.

Matthew Baldisimo: played 75 minutes against Sacramento in preseason but is yet to see the field in competitive action. You’d think Fresno would have a use for him as they’ve been using natural striker Pedro Ribiero in holding midfield role. But hey, I’m just a blogger. Far be it from me to criticize the squad selections of the pros.

Noah Verhoeven: Played 40 minutes against Sacramento in preseason. Verhoeven also played 6-minutes against LA Galaxy II before being given the start against S2. Verhoevan played excellently, and almost managed a goal but his shot cannoned off the crossbar. He was given another chance to start against OKC Energy and was described by the commentators as “breathtaking.” Verhoevan has seized his opportunity with both hands and brought a new dynamic to Fresno’s attack with his dribbling and intelligent play. I only hope that he’s given a chance to continue to grow. I’m skeptical of Fresno’s setup, as has been well established, but i’d be thrilled to be proven wrong.

Las Motosierras:

Myer Bevan has been loaned to Swedish 3rd division side Husqvarna FF. Husqvarna are a team that are generally in the top half of the 3rd division and occasionally get promoted to the 2nd. Their next (first) game is on April 8th against Mijälby.