Vancouver Whitecaps acquire SCCL star Espindola

Fabian Espindola (black jersey), shown playing for D.C. United in a Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinal against visiting Queretaro on March 1, 2016. (Photo: Mexsport)

VANCOUVER, Canada - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that it acquired forward Fabian Espindola from D.C. United in exchange for financial considerations.

The 31-year-old, who has played in four editions of the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League (SCCL), has scored 64 goals in 212 regular-season Major League Soccer matches.

"We are thrilled to welcome Fabian to Vancouver," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "He is a proven goal scorer in this league, always difficult to play against, and knows what it takes to win."

Espindola joined MLS with Real Salt Lake in 2007, before spending the 2013 season with New York Red Bulls and the past two-and-a-half seasons with D.C. United. This year, he has made 15 regular season appearances, scoring four goals.

In SCCL play, the Argentinean has six goals (2 with Real Salt Lake, 4 with D.C. United) in 18 games.

During his first six seasons in the league, Espindola helped Real Salt Lake capture the 2009 MLS Cup and reach the 2010/11 SCCL final.

Espindola began his professional career in 2005 with Boca Juniors, where he was a member of that year's Copa Sudamericana title-winning team. In 2006, he joined C.A. Talleres of the second division. Before eventually heading to MLS, Espindola spent two seasons in Ecuador, featuring for Aucas (2006) and Deportivo Quito (2007). Also, during the 2009 MLS offseason he signed with Venezuelan Primera División side Deportivo Anzoátegui.

The Whitecaps open their 2016/17 SCCL schedule on August 2 at Trinidad & Tobago’s Central FC.