Whitecaps FC acquire Canadian fullback Marcus Godinho


VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Friday the addition of Canadian fullback Marcus Godinho. The 24-year old native of Toronto, Ontario has agreed to a contract through 2021, with an option for 2022 and 2023. Vancouver acquired the MLS Discovery Priority to Godinho from CF Montreal in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money.

"Marcus is a player that we've been following for a while now and we’re pleased to have him join our club,” said Marc Dos Santos, Whitecaps FC head coach. “He is a defender who can play in several positions on the backline. We watched him as a right and left fullback, and even as a central defender in a back three. It is important for us to have a lot of depth in our roster and Marcus provides us with that."

Whitecaps FC fullback Marcus Godinho

  • 30 appearances in Germany's 3. Liga with FSV Zwickau
  • 20 appearances for Scottish side Heart of Midlothian
  • Five senior appearances for Canada’s men's national team

Godinho developed through the youth ranks at North York Hearts-Azzurri and Sporting Toronto before joining Toronto FC’s Academy in 2011. Godinho went on to make seven appearances with USL side Toronto FC II. The defender also had a short stint in League1 Ontario with Vaughan Azzurri in 2016.

In 2016, Godinho secured a move to Scottish Premiership side Heart of Midlothian, making 19 starts in 20 appearances through 2019 in both league and cup action, scoring one goal.

In August 2017, Godinho was loaned to Berwick Rangers until January 2018, making 13 appearances for the Scottish League Two side.

Most recently, Godinho made 24 starts in 30 appearances over two seasons with FSV Zwickau in the German third division.

Internationally, Godinho made his senior debut for Canada in 2018 and has made a total of five senior appearances, as well as eight matches with the U-18 national team, three matches with the U-20s, and four starts for the U-23s at this year’s Concacaf Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

TRANSACTION: On August 20, 2021, Whitecaps FC acquired the MLS Discovery Priority to Godinho from CF Montreal in exchange for $50,000 in General Allocation Money – pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC). Godinho agreed to a contract through 2021 with an option for 2022 and 2023.

Marcus Godinho
Position: Fullback
Height: 5-10
Weight: 160 pounds
Date of Birth: June 28, 1997 in Toronto, Ontario
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Citizenship: Canada, Portugal
Status: Domestic
Youth Clubs: Sporting Toronto, North York Hearts-Azzurri
Previous Club: FSV Zwickau