Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that striker Marcus Haber has been transferred to English Football League Championship club West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed amount. Following a successful rookie season with the Whitecaps in 2009, Haber impressed the West Midlands outfit during a four-day trial last November.
Last season with the ‘Caps, Haber scored eight goals and recorded four assists for 20 points in 30 United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) regular season matches. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound, native of Vancouver, BC, also added three goals in six playoff matches and one goal during the 2009 Nutrilite Canadian Championship. For his efforts, Haber - who turns 21 on January 11 - was named USL-1 Rookie of the Year, as well as the Whitecaps Newcomer of the Year and Fan Favourite.
Prior to joining the 'Caps, the Canadian youth international spent two seasons with the U-19 and reserve teams of Dutch Eredivisie club FC Groningen.
Haber will be joining a unique group that has played for both the Whitecaps and the Baggies during their respective careers. They include David Cross, Glen Johnson, Willie Johnston, and Carl Valentine.