Mauro Rosales moves on

February 14, 2016 at 12:45 am | Posted in Vancouver Whitecaps, Vancouver Whitecaps 2016 | 1 Comment
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The recent move the Vancouver Whitecaps made to acquire Panamanian striker  Blas Perez from FC Dallas involved giving midfielder Mauro Rosales the other way. While the dust on the deal has not settled yet, it seems certain that Rosales is on his bike.

Rosales came to MLS after a distinguished career with such clubs as Newell’s Old Boys, Ajax Amsterdam and River Plate.  Rosales scored a goal in one of the biggest matches in world football, the Boca Juniors/River Plate derby in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

For years I watched Rosales playing for the Seattle Sounders and thought to myself “I wish we had a player like him”.  Rosales was a real thorn in our side in Cascasia derby matches with Seattle and came to be known as “the ‘Caps killer” for all of the goals he scored on us.  With his penchant for sinking our ship you would think we would hate him too much to have him, but we got him and loved him.

Rosales eventually fell victim to Seattle’s salary cap room problems and found himself shipped off to Chivas USA to play before tiny crowds in the ground the now defunct team shared with the LA Galaxy.  In one match against us there he launched a perfect ball for a Chivas striker to head into the back of our net.

When Nigel Reo Coker fell afoul of  Whitecaps management with his bicycle rack antics, a deal was struck to exchange him for Rosales. It was a great trade for us.

Rosales immediately impressed with his professional attitude and good nature.  He went out of his way to be gracious to us fans who were delighted to have him. He was a real asset to our team as a player and as a person.

Rosales plays in the finest traditions of Argentinian football.  He is tough, wily , intelligent and skillful.  His sweet right foot produced some spectacular crosses, six assists and one goal over a season and a half with the club.  His final point for the Whitecaps was a perfectly weighted ball for fellow veteran Robbie Earnshaw to head in the back of the net against Houston.

It was a great pleasure to have such a great fooballer in our city playing for our team.  Players come and go, but Rosales was one of the special ones.  I will miss him.

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  1. I really like Mauro Rosales. I appreciated his hard work, his teamwork and his skill level. I do believe that the 2016 ‘Caps needed more than Rosales could offer, though, and that the deal for Perez is a positive move.


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