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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Thursday that the club has acquired Paraguayan international midfielder Andrés Cubas via transfer from French side Nîmes Olympique.

The defensive midfielder has agreed to a four-year Major League Soccer Designated Player contract through June 2026, with an option for the final six months of 2026. Cubas will officially join the roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, work permit and visa.

“We identified Andrés as one of our top targets during the offseason and actively started our pursuit in December. He is a ball-winning defensive midfielder, who will be key in organizing our midfield as he brings experience, leadership and maturity to our young group,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director. “We have started the visa process and hope to have him available as soon as possible. We are very excited to welcome Andrés and his family to Vancouver.”

Whitecaps FC midfielder Andrés Cubas

  • Started seven of his nine appearances for Paraguay’s national team
  • Recorded 167 appearances at the club level playing in Argentina, France and Italy
  • Leads Ligue 2 in combined tackles and interceptions in 2021-22
  • Two-time Argentinian Primera División champion with Boca Juniors

“I'm extremely happy to be a part of Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said Cubas. “I'm excited to arrive in Vancouver, get to know my teammates, and help the team wherever needed. I will do my very best to bring joy to the club and all the supporters."

Cubas has spent the last two seasons playing with Nîmes in both the first and second divisions of French football. The 25-year-old leads Ligue 2 this season in successful tackles per match with 2.6 and second most interceptions with 2.7 across 18 starts and 21 appearances. In his first year in France, Cubas finished tied for the sixth-most successful tackles per match in Ligue 1 with 1.7, starting all 27 of his appearances. In total, Cubas started 47 of his 50 appearances across all competitions in France, adding two goals and three assists in the process.

A product of Argentinian club Boca Juniors famed youth system, Cubas moved up to the first team as a 17-year-old in 2014. The defensive midfielder was a part of the club’s two Argentinian Primera División titles in 2015 and 2017, while recording an assist in 35 starts and 41 appearances for the club. During his time with Boca Juniors, Cubas had two loan spells including the first half of 2017 in Italy with then-Serie A side Delfino Pescara 1936 and then with fellow Argentinian side Defensa y Justica during the 2017-18 season, where he started 22 of his 24 appearances in all competitions.

Prior to making the transfer to Europe, Cubas played two additional seasons in the Argentinian Primera División with Club Atlético Talleres, recording a goal in 49 starts and 51 appearances across all competitions.

Over the course of his career, Cubas has accumulated 167 appearances across all competitions at the club level, scoring three goals and adding four assists.

Despite being born in Argentina, the dual national has represented Paraguay at the international level nine times since 2020, making seven starts in World Cup Qualifying, Copa America and friendly competition. Cubas previously played for Argentina at the U-20 level, where he started two of his three appearances for the side at the 2015 U-20 World Cup in New Zealand.

Cubas becomes the first Paraguayan international to play for Vancouver.

TRANSACTION: On April 28, 2022, Whitecaps FC sign midfielder Andrés Cubas to a four-year Major League Soccer Designated Player contract through June 2026, with an option for the final six months of 2026 from French side Nîmes Olympique.

Andrés Cubas
Position: Defensive midfielder
Height: 5-06
Weight: 145 pounds
Date of Birth: May 11, 1996 in Campo Grande, Argentina
Hometown: Aristóbulo del Valle, Argentina
Citizenships: Argentina, Paraguay
Status: Designated Player, International
Previous Clubs: Nîmes Olympique (2020-22), Club Atlético Talleres (2018-20), Defensa y Justicia (2017-18), Delfino Pescara 1936 (2017 - on loan), Boca Juniors (2014-18)
Instagram: @andrescubas08