VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday the end-of-season roster decisions for Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2), following the conclusion of the inaugural 2022 MLS NEXT Pro campaign. A total of nine players are under contract for 2022.
“The addition of WFC2 in MLS NEXT Pro has been a fundamental step in progressing the development of our young players in a competitive environment,” noted Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC sporting director. “At the end of the season it is important for us to evaluate with each player where they are at in their career and what the next step is in their development. We have a very young core group that will return next season and will continue to grow and develop.”
Whitecaps FC 2 Roster Updates:
- WFC2 exercised the 2022 options for Elage Bah, Lucas Dasovic, Vasco Fry, Joe Hanson, Jay Herdman, Finn Linder, Simone Masi and Joshué Ndakala
- Lowell Wright returns on a guaranteed contract through the 2023 season
- WFC2 declined the 2022 options for Giovanni Aguilar, Owen Antoniuk, Emiliano Brienza, Théo Collomb, Pípé Fernandez-Salvador, Chris Lee, Easton Ongaro, and Filip Rakic
- Aguilar and Brienza have been invited to report for preseason in January
- The club and Nick Salihamidzič agreed to mutually terminate his loan from FC Bayern Munich II
- Ali Ahmed, Max Anchor and Simon Becher have signed MLS contracts with the first team
“We are thankful to Owen, Théo, Pípé, Chris, Easton, and Filip for their time at the club and wish them all the best,” added Schuster.
Whitecaps FC 2 current roster ahead of 2023, listed by position below:
Defenders (5): Elage Bah, Lucas Dasovic, Finn Linder, Simone Masi, Joshué Ndakala
Midfielders (2): Vasco Fry, Jay Herdman
Forwards (2): Joe Hanson, Lowell Wright