Laba, youngsters finally bring good news to Whitecaps pre-seasonFebruary 26, 2014 at 11:09 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps season 2014 | Leave a comment
Today the Whitecaps beat the San Jose Earthquakes down in Portland, and inked a deal to get TFC’s “young designated player” (yet another category of player to add to the huge list of MLS player categories) Matias Laba. When you add Laba to the two Uruguayans Fernandez and Mezquida (aka “the Mosquito”), we finally have some Latin American players in the squad to keep Johnny Leveron company.
Laba has played for Argentina in the under 20 World Cup, played for Argentinos Juniors in Argentina’s top flight and started all TFC games he was eligible for last year. It is the big signing we have been waiting for.
The other good news is that plenty of young players showed their worth in tonight’s 2-0 friendly win against the San Jose Earthquakes. Goalkeeper Paulo Tornaghi looked good, as did Christian Dean, Omar Salgado, Marco Bustos, and Sam Adekugbe. Alderson and Sampson also looked at home on the pitch. Mattocks and Manneh both looked lively and ready to go. Of the new players I was most impressed by Dean, who already has the poise, strength and touch to play at the MLS level. It was just a friendly, but the performances of young players in Whitecaps jerseys really gave me hope for the future. Lets hope we can hang on to this group of young players so they can mature together and break into the first team.
This off season has been boring and depressing for us Whitecaps fans but it is finally starting to pick up a bit to the point where I actually have some hope the Whitecaps have a chance at being a decent club next year. With news of another signing on the way, Things may pick up even further.