Mauro Rosales signs for Whitecaps 2015

December 16, 2014 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Whitecaps season 2015 | Leave a comment
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Today the Vancouver Whitecaps signed midfielder Mauro Rosales to a new contract which means he will be a Whitecaps for 2015. This is great news for the club and its fans.

Rosales was first signed by the Whitecaps mid way through the 2014 season By way of a trade for out-of-favour midfielder Nigel Reo Coker. We immediately knew it was a good trade because Reo Coker was unfit and under performing. We caps fans knew all too well the damage Rosellas could do. When he played with the Seattle Sounders he was known as the “Caps killer”. He had caused some damage to us by providing an assist in a 3-1 loss to Chivas USA earlier in the 2014 season.

A wonderful sight in a Whitecaps uni: Mauro Rosales

A wonderful sight in a Whitecaps uni: Mauro Rosales

Rosales brings with him a great deal of big game experience. He played in Argentinas tough Premier division, participating in 183 matches for Newell’s Old Boys and River Plate; spent two seasons at Ajax in Amsterdam, and played 80 or so games for the Seattle Sounders. He has played in the Boca Juniors/River Plate Derby, and scored in it as well. He also played for Argentina in Olympic and under-21 competition.

Rosales is a great role model for some of the Whitecaps moody younger players who sulk when they don’t play or get substituted. When Rosales was substituted at BC Place in a match towards the end of last year he made sure he applauded the crowd and shook hands with all of the coaches and playing staff before he sat on the bench. He shows the younger players how to behave as true professionals. Carl Robinson, who is a young coach, needs older professionals to help mould the character of his team. There is no real downside to this guy. Like most great players, he loves to train and works hard in training.

Rosales has great football instincts and knows where the ball is going to go long before it gets there. His skills are fine, especially his ability to cross the ball with his right foot. His courage is beyond doubt. Rosales was a key part of the good form the Whitecaps had in the latter part of the 2014 season which allowed them to make the Major League Soccer playoffs.

Make no mistake, this is a great moment for the Vancouver Whitecaps; Rosales is a key component of a winning team for 2015.

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