YP Lee signs on with Whitecaps for 2013…Whew!

December 13, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2012 | 1 Comment

A major source of anxiety for the Vancouver Whitecaps and its fans has been taken away. After wavering somewhat, YP Lee has given the thumbs up to the ‘Caps for the 2013 Major League Soccer season. Lee was a key man in the 2012 squad and was voted by the fans, (who showed a great deal of football knowledge in doing so), as most valuable player. Make no mistake about it: had Lee not signed on, it would have been a major blow for the club and a crisis for the 2013 season.

Lee brings an enormous amount of experience and football skill to the Whitecaps. His years at the top level in Holland, Germany and England, along with 127 appearances for the Korean national squad (including extensive World Cup play) makes him one of the finest footballers ever to suit up for the blue and white. This puts him in the class of the likes of Alan Ball, Rudi Krol, Willie Johnston and others who played for Whitecaps during the star studded NASL years. This guy is pure quality.

Lee brings with him a very intelligent football brain: he reads the game exceptionally well; can dribble the team out of trouble; pass the ball intelligently out of the back; and can get forward to deliver crosses, as his four assists from last year demonstrate. With Lee at right back and Alain Rochat at left back, we have the best one-two punch from fullbacks of any team in the MLS.

No doubt the Whitecaps will not be able to rely so heavily on Lee in 2013. He played in all but one game during the 2012 MLS schedule, and with a heavy travel schedule over great distances, the Whitecaps will need to rest him more during 2013. Plans for a suitable deputy need to be made to slot in for Lee when he is tired or injured.

As well as being a great footballer, Lee is a wonderful person and an ambassador for the club. Just having him on board is a pleasure. It seems as though the club may have designs on having him stick around after his playing days are over in some capacity as well. Lee is a gift that may keep on giving, and all the better for us!

With Lee’s signing for 2013, the Whitecaps have a major piece of the puzzle in place for a successful 2013 campaign.


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