Panama international Blas Perez (pictured) scored two goals in 22 games for the Vancouver Whitecaps during the 2016 MLS regular season. (Photo: Mexsport)
VANCOUVER, Canada -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced roster moves Thursday that will see up to three players from various CONCACAF-affiliated national teams leave the club.
The 2016/17 Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinalist didn’t exercise contract options on pair of defensive loanees Fraser Aird (Canada) and Jordan Smith (Costa Rica), who will return to their parent clubs Rangers FC and Saprissa, respectively.
Striker Blas Perez (Panama) is out-of-contract and per MLS roster rules/regulations, he will be eligible for the MLS Re-Entry Process unless he opts out or signs a new deal. Stage One of the Re-Entry Draft will occur on December 16, while Stage Two is set for December 22.
The option on Canada youth international goalkeeper Marco Carducci’s contract was also not triggered.
"We are thankful to Marco, Fraser, Jordan, and Blas for their service and commitment to the club," said Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. "We will continue to track Marco, Fraser, and Jordan's development."
Vancouver, however, did confirm that it exercised the 2017 contract options on 11 players: goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi; defenders Christian Dean, Jordan Harvey, Tim Parker, and Cole Seiler; midfielders Marco Bustos, Kianz Froese, Ben McKendry, Nicolas Mezquida, and Russell Teibert; and winger/striker Kekuta Manneh.
The contract of striker Erik Hurtado was extended through 2018 with options for 2019 and 2020.