Following the signings of former Sounders forward Fredy Montero and former Sounders midfielder Mauro Rosales, the Vancouver Whitecaps are busy wondering how many former Sounders players they can sign to their roster before having to be rebranded as the Vancouver Sounders.
“My staff and I are busy looking over the numbers to determine how many former Sounders players we can sign,” stated Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson. “We’ve been on a bit of a tear lately. I think we’ve found the secret ingredient to putting together a successful club: copy the exact roster of a successful club. It’s genius. I don’t know why we didn’t think of it sooner. After all, Seattle did just win the MLS Cup.”
According to Robinson, the club is currently looking a handful of former Sounders players they could bring in prior to the start of the MLS season this upcoming weekend.
“We’re looking to bring in some experienced players. The likes of Christian Tiffert, Tristan Bowen, and Eriq Zavaleta. I think we can bring in players like that and they’ll make a positive impact to the squad immediately. We’re a bit disappointed that Seattle has yet to have a Canadian on their roster. If they did, we would’ve went after those players first with the backing of Don [Garber]. Maybe he’ll help us sign Yedlin instead. Who knows. We need another right back.”
The Whitecaps have also reportedly talked with Major League Soccer officials with regards to potentially being classified as a Seattle Sounders affiliate if they were to sign too many former Sounders players.
“We want to avoid being called the Vancouver Sounders at all costs,” says Robinson. “I believe officials told me that as long as no more than half of our players on the field at a given time are former Sounders players, then we are in the clear. That gives us the ability to sign at least three more Sounders players over the next few days. We’re content with that.”
The Vancouver Whitecaps kick-off their 2017 MLS regular season at home on Sunday versus the Philadelphia Union.