Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Jamaica int’l Barnes

Jamaica int'l Giles Barnes (#9) was traded by the Houston Dynamo to the Vancouver Whitecaps on July 30, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

VANCOUVER, Canada -- The Vancouver Whitecaps bulked up for the 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League and a run to the Major League Soccer playoffs by acquiring Jamaica international Giles Barnes from the Houston Dynamo on Saturday. In exchange, Houston received financial considerations and the right of first refusal to Costa Rican defender Keyner Brown.

It was not immediately known whether the attacker will be available to play for the Whitecaps in their SCCL Group C opener at Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC on Tuesday.

Vancouver head coach Carl Robinson hopes that Barnes, who turns 28 on Friday, will add some spark to his team's attack. The Whitecaps dropped a 2-0 decision at Western Conference-leading FC Dallas on Sunday and are in sixth place with an 8W-6D-9L record.

“Giles is a dynamic offensive player in the prime of his career,” Robinson said. “He knows MLS, has experience at the top levels in England, and is a great character in the locker room. We’re very excited to add him to our group.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-lb. Barnes netted four goals this season after leading the Dynamo in scoring the last two years. He has recorded 31 goals in 113 MLS regular-season matches in his four years with Houston.

A native of England, Barnes has notched three goals in 18 appearances for Jamaica.

He played a key role for the Reggae Boyz in their run to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. Barnes also wore the Jamaican jersey at the 2015 Copa America and the recent Copa America Centenario.