Whitecaps sign gargantuan defender Waston

August 8, 2014 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps season 2014 | Leave a comment

There is a tendency in Major League Soccer for teams to have massive centre backs. Omar Goncalves of the LA Galaxy, (six foot-five, 205 pounds), Chris Shuler of Real Salt Lake (six foot four, 185 pounds); Victor Bernardez of the San Jose Earthquakes (six foot two, 190 pounds) and George John of FC Dallas (six foot three, 200 pounds) are just a few examples.

Now we have a giant centre-back of our own: Kendall Waston of Costa Rica, who is six-foot five and 195 pounds. This guy is big! He is on the fringes of the Costa Rican national side, having played three games for his country and having been a late cut from the World Cup squad.

Johnny Leveron and Carlyle Mitchell were looking a bit small and skinny at the back so Waston should provide a commanding presence at the centre back position. We sorely need such a presence after Jay DeMerit announced his retirement weeks ago.

Waston comes to Vancouver via Deportivo Saprissa, one of Costa Rica’s top teams. He has knocked about a bit on loan to other clubs including National of Uruguay, but he seems to have performed well wherever he has played.

Waston’s height and weight give him a big advantage in the air, which he has used to score a lot of goals, far more than you would expect from a central defender. If he gets a goal in one of his first appearances for the Whitecaps, he will be an instant hit. Our centre backs have never scored much with Jay DeMerit scoring one in his years here and Mitchell scoring one. Our left full backs Alain Rochat and Jordan Harvey have been prolific by comparison.

The hope is that Waston will provide help at both ends of the pitch. He will be Pedro Morales’ target on corner kicks and free kicks.

Waston looks like a very smart signing for the club. Welcome to Vancouver Kendall Waston!

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