Leveron signs on… But where is Reo-Coker?

February 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Posted in Whitecaps Season 2013 | 6 Comments

For weeks now it has been known that Johnny Leveron was going to sign with the Vancouver Whitecaps. Today Leveron officially became a player for the Vancouver Whitecaps. While the buzz of big-name midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has been bigger than that for Leveron, Leveron’s signing is great news for the team, and just as good in footballing terms.

Leveron is young at 23, has 20 senior appearances with Honduras, and is left footed to boot. He is the real deal, a proper footballer. He is the kind of Central American player who tends to do well in Major League Soccer. To put the cherry on top, the lad can play in a number of positions.

Leveron’s home position is centre back, but he is versatile enough to play defensive midfielder or left back. Leveron will be a very important tool in Martin Rennie’s chest. With two very experienced centre-backs in the squad who are getting a bit long in the tooth (DeMerit and O’Brien), Leveron will be able to provide excellent cover, and might possibly de-throne one of these two for a starting position. Should Jay DeMerit be unable to overcome his persistent groin difficulties, Leveron will be there as a competent deputy.

One possible scenario, even if it is not likely, is that Leveron might play midfield and Rochat could return to his best position at left back. Another is that Leveron might bump Jordan Harvey at left back. We can only hope one of these two scenarios pans out. In the best of all possible worlds, Reo-Coker would replace Rochat in midfield, allowing Rochat to return to left back.

All is quiet on the Reo-Coker front, however, and there has been no announcement he is on the way. My suspicion (perhaps it is more a hope than anything) is that a deal is in place but there is an agreement to keep quiet about a deal pending a big splashy press conference. Given that kickoff is only ten days away, I would expect an announcement sooner rather than later to introduce Reo-Coker to the Vancouver media. The problem is the team and its coach are all down in Charleston. If Reo-Coker is to come, he had better get with the squad straight away, because the intelligence is that he is not fit.

Does anybody want to go keep watch at the airport?



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