Whitecaps FC Exercise 2013 Options on Eight Players
VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they have exercised the 2013 contract options on eight players from the 2012 roster: goalkeeper Brad Knighton, defenders Jordan Harvey, Greg Klazura, Young-Pyo Lee, and Carlyle Mitchell, midfielders Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson, and Matt Watson. The club also confirmed that they have declined next year's options on midfielders Michael Nanchoff and John Thorrington.
Vancouver maintains the right of first refusal on Nanchoff in Major League Soccer, while Thorrington may be eligible for selection in the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft Process. However, Whitecaps FC may still sign Thorrington or he may opt out of Re-Entry Process before 2 p.m. PT on Thursday, December 6.
The Stage One draft of the Re-Entry Process will take place on Friday, December 7, at 12 p.m. PT, and the Stage Two draft will take place on Friday, December 14, at 12 p.m. PT. The two drafts will take place via teleconference with all 19 clubs represented.
Both Stage One and Stage Two drafts will be conducted in the same order as the traditional Waiver Draft, with Whitecaps FC selecting tenth. For more information on the 2012 MLS Re-Entry Draft Process and Player Eligibility Rules visit pressbox.mlssoccer.com .
Nanchoff, 24, joined Whitecaps FC after being selected in the first-round (eighth overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. In two seasons with Vancouver, the native of North Royalton, Ohio, had made 14 MLS regular season appearances.
Thorrington, 33, joined Vancouver after being selected in the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft from Chicago Fire in November 2010. During his two seasons with Whitecaps FC, the product of Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, has made 30 MLS regular season appearances.
Whitecaps FC current 2013 roster:
Goalkeepers (2): Joe Cannon, Brad Knighton
Defenders (8): Martin Bonjour, Jay DeMerit, Jordan Harvey, Greg Klazura, Young-Pyo Lee, Carlyle Mitchell, Andy O'Brien, Alain Rochat
Midfielders (6): Bryce Alderson, Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson, Barry Robson, Russell Teibert, Matt Watson
Strikers (5): Caleb Clarke, Darren Mattocks, Kenny Miller, Omar Salgado, Camilo Sanvezzo
Whitecaps FC 2013 MLS season tickets start at $349, plus applicable tax and a $10processing fee per order. To secure a seat and for additional information about Whitecaps FC MLS season tickets, including Pitchside Club and suites, call 604.669.9283 or visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets .
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Major League Soccer Stories from December 3, 2012
- LA Galaxy Make Six Players Available for Re-Entry Process - Los Angeles Galaxy
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- Real Salt Lake Signs GK Jeff Attinella - Real Salt Lake
- Weekly Update: Rapids Players Begin Training with Derby - Colorado Rapids
- Re-Entry Process Eligible Player List Announced - MLS
- Whitecaps FC Exercise 2013 Options on Eight Players - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Chicago Fire Decline Options on Three Players - Chicago Fire
- Real Salt Lake Trades MF Will Johnson to Portland Timbers FC - Real Salt Lake
- Rapids Acquire Atiba Harris in Trade with Vancouver Whitecaps - Colorado Rapids
- Whitecaps FC Acquire International Roster Spot from Colorado Rapids for Striker Atiba Harris - Vancouver Whitecaps FC
- Timbers Acquire Midfielder Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake for Allocation Money - Portland Timbers
- Red Bulls Acquire Forward Fabian Espindola and Defender Jamison Olave - New York Red Bulls
- D.C. United Declines Options on Four Players - D.C. United
- Real Salt Lake Trades FW Fabian Espindola and DF Jamison Olave to New York - Real Salt Lake
- Timbers Decline Options on Palmer, Purdy - Portland Timbers
- Dynamo Acquire Defender Eric Brunner from Portland Timbers in Exchange for Allocation Money - Houston Dynamo
- Timbers Acquire Allocation Money from Houston for Defender Eric Brunner - Portland Timbers
- Sporting Kansas City Trades Michael Harrington to Portland Timbers for Allocation Money - Sporting Kansas City
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- Toronto FC Acquires Justin Braun from Real Salt Lake - Toronto FC
- Real Salt Lake Trades FW Justin Braun to Toronto FC for DF Aaron Maund - Real Salt Lake
- Revs Announce 2013 Preseason Plans - New England Revolution
- Real Salt Lake Signs DF Chris Wingert and DF Tony Beltran to Contract Extensions - Real Salt Lake
- Real Salt Lake Declines Contract Options on Four Players - Real Salt Lake
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