Whitecaps FC set for trip to Charleston

Team heads south for second preseason trip

On Wednesday, February 13, Vancouver Whitecaps FC travel to Charleston, South Carolina, for a second preseason training trip.

During the 10-day camp, the ‘Caps will play a series of preseason matches against USL PRO side Charleston Battery (February 16) and NCAA DI team College of Charleston (February 17), as well as MLS Eastern Conference clubs Houston Dynamo (February 20) and Chicago Fire (February 23), before a trip to Cary, North Carolina, for a match against NASL side Carolina RailHawks (February 24).

Thirty-five players will be making the trip to Charleston, including Whitecaps FC U-18 players Sam Adekugbe and Sean Melvin. Joining the team in Charleston will be Harvard University striker Brian Rogers and Duquesne University defender Adam Clement, who were selected by the ‘Caps in the 2013 MLS Supplemental Draft. Trialists Andrés Fresenga, Jacob Lensky, and Jaime Peters will not make the trip and are no longer with the team.

On February 25, the team returns to Vancouver for the final week of preseason training at their new home, the National Soccer Development Centre at the University of British Columbia.

PLAYERS INFORMATION - updated February 12:

The updated 2013 preseason roster includes 37 players, including 26 players under contract, nine trialists, two VWFC Residency players. 34 players will make the trip to Charleston.

Major League Soccer experience

  • 2011: 8 had MLS experience
  • 2012: 19 had MLS experience
  • 2013: 23 have MLS experience

Nationalities

  • 13 different birth countries represented: Brazil (2), Canada (9), England (2), The Gambia (1), Ghana (3), Jamaica (2), Japan (2), Kenya (1), Scotland (1), South Africa (1), South Korea (1), Trinidad & Tobago (1), and United States (12)

9 Canadians

  • 4 signed to roster – Alderson, Clarke, Rochat, and Teibert
  • 3 trialists – Fisk (away with Canada's U-20s), James, and Thomas
  • 2 Residency trainees – Sean Melvin and Sam Adekugbe

12 Americans

  • 10 signed to roster - Cannon, DeMerit, Harvey, Heinemann, Hertzog, Hurtado, Klazura, Knighton, Rusin, and Salgado
  • 2 trialist – Adam Clement and Brian Rogers

By positions

  • 4 goalkeepers
  • 11 defenders
  • 15 midfielders
  • 8 forwards

Whitecaps FC 2013 preseason roster - subject to change:

# PLAYER POS DOB CITZEN CAPS MLS
1 Joe Cannon G 75.01.01 USA 3rd 16th
2 Jordan Harvey D 84.01.28 USA 3rd 8th
3 Brad Rusin D 86.09.05 USA 1st 1st
4 Alain Rochat D/M 83.02.01 CAN/SUI 3rd 3rd
6 Jay DeMerit D 79.12.04 USA 3rd 3rd
7 Camilo Sanvezzo M/F 88.07.21 BRA 3rd 3rd
8 Matt Watson M 85.01.01 ENG/USA 2nd 2nd
9 Kenny Miller F 79.12.23 SCO 2nd 2nd
11 Darren Mattocks F 90.09.02 JAM 2nd 2nd
12 Young-Pyo Lee D 77.04.23 KOR 2nd 2nd
14 Daigo Kobayashi M 83.02.19 JPN 1st 1st
16 Erik Hurtado M/F 90.11.15 USA 1st 1st
17 Omar Salgado M/F 93.09.10 USA/MEX 3rd 3rd
18 Brad Knighton G 85.02.06 USA 2nd 6th
19 Carlyle Mitchell D 87.08.08 TRI 3rd 3rd
22 Paulo Junior M 89.01.23 BRA 1st 3rd
23 Kekuta Manneh M/F 94.12.30 GAM/USA 1st 1st
26 Corey Hertzog F 90.08.01 USA 1st 3rd
27 Jun Marques Davidson M 83.06.07 JPN/USA 2nd 2nd
28 Gershon Koffie M 91.08.25 GHA 4th 3rd
29 Tom Heinemann F 87.04.23 USA 1st 3rd
31 Russell Teibert M 92.12.22 CAN 5th 3rd
32 Greg Klazura D/M 89.01.27 USA 2nd 2nd
40 Andy O’Brien D 79.06.29 ENG/IRL 2nd 2nd
             
TRIALISTS          
33 Adam Clement D 90.10.20 USA 0 0
35 Crispin Olando M 88.05.05 KEN 0 0
37 Emmanuel Adjetey D 88.12.15 GHA 0 0
38 Brian Rogers F 90.12.09 USA 0 0
39 Simon Thomas G 90.04.12 CAN 4 0
41 Evan James M/F 90.06.19 CAN 0 1
42 Dever Orgill F 90.03.08 JAM 3 0
43 Ethen Sampson D/M 93.12.28 RSA 0 0
45 Aminu Abdallah M 94.01.07 GHA 0 0
             
WHITECAPS FC RESIDENCY          
25 Sam Adekugbe D 95.01.16 CAN 2th 0
44 Sean Melvin G 94.07.09 CAN 4th 0
             
INJURED - DID NOT TRAVEL          
36 Bryce Alderson M 94.02.05 CAN 3rd 2nd
             
AWAY ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY        
34 Caleb Clarke F 93.06.23 CAN 4th 2nd
             
TRIALIST AWAY ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY      
30 Ben Fisk M/F 93.02.04 CAN 3 0