With the Secondary Transfer Window closing on August 8th, it is the last opportunity for Major League Soccer clubs to make a move to help them down the stretch. As leagues kick off in Europe, it is an opportunity too for out-of-contract players to potentially find a place to play for at least the next 4-6 months. However, it is no surprise that the Vancouver Whitecaps are looking a bit further south for their reinforcement(s).
It surfaced today that Carl Robinson could be bringing in El Salvadoran central defender Roberto Dominguez. Dominguez is a 21-year-old, who has more than 100 professional matches under his belt, since 2015, and has been capped by the national team 14 times. While El Salvador is not exactly a hot bed for soccer players, it is not a wasteland either.
The move was initially rumored to be a loan, with an option to buy; however, recent developments suggest he has been ‘released’ by his Salvadorian club Santa Tecla, meaning that he would be coming to Vancouver on free.
Of course, when asked whether the Whitecaps would be making a move in this window, Robbo had the following to say.
#WhitecapsFC Coach Robbo on how likely the club is to making a move before the #MLS transfer window shuts on Wednesday.— Har Journalist (@HarJournalist) August 7, 2018
“Umm... yeah, unlikely probably. Maybe one or two little minor things, but nothing earth shattering to make JJ write a big article about it.” #VWFC
Carl has never been too open about potential player moves, so it is not that surprising that he would be coy about this possibly addition. However, it is worth noting that he said “maybe one or two little minor things”. I think I would consider the acquisition of a 21-year-old depth center back as a minor move.
The Whitecaps are tight on roster and salary cap space. However, they do have one senior roster spot available, with Richey being on loan to FC Cincinnati, and one international roster spot available, so it is conceivable that the club could add Dominguez.
Well if they're going to sell Waston this makes a lot of sense. Plus they save some TAM if Aja isn't on the team next year. It's not very exciting but I can see why they'd do it.— Caleb Wilkins (@wilkins_caleb24) August 8, 2018
Although this has not been confirmed yet, what is your take on the possible move? What does this signal for guys like Maund and Aja?