Whitecaps FC and defender Ali Adnan mutually agree to contract termination

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Saturday that the club and left back Ali Adnan have agreed to a mutual contract termination.

“We have a lot of respect for Ali and are thankful for his time at our club,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC CEO and sporting director. “Unfortunately, we found ourselves in a circumstance related to his visa that was out of all of our control. Following a number of discussion, we’ve agreed to go in different directions and wish Ali all the best in the future.”

Adnan departs Whitecaps FC having made 53 appearances across all competitions, recording three goals and 10 assists. He arrived in Vancouver originally on loan from Serie A side Udinese in March 2019, before making the move permanent that summer and signing on as a Designated Player. Adnan, who last featured for the club on November 8, was voted by the fans as the 2020 Whitecaps FC Player of the Year.

“I am thankful to Axel, Greg (Anderson) and Marc (Dos Santos) for working together on a solution in a very difficult situation regarding my US visa status, which was complicated further by COVID-19 travel restrictions,” added Adnan. “I am also very grateful for all the support from the Whitecaps fans, my teammates and everyone at the club for two memorable seasons. I will forever be a fan of this club and Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart.”

TRANSACTION: On July 3, 2021, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and left back Ali Adnan agree to a mutual contract termination.