A young left back who brings experience playing at the highest level in Chile, Canadian-born Cristián Gutiérrez joined Whitecaps FC via a free transfer from Colo-Colo in January 2020.
The Greenfield Park, Quebec native, who has represented Chile at the youth level and is eligible to play for Canada, has agreed to a contract through 2021, with an option for 2022 and 2023.
'15-'19: Gutiérrez developed through the youth ranks at Colo-Colo and eventually made his professional debut with the club in 2015. He played five seasons in the Chilean Primera División, including loan stints with Unión Española in 2017, and Huachipato in 2017-18. Over that span, he played in 52 league matches, in addition to 26 appearances in the Copa Chile.
Having moved to Santiago, Chile at age three, Gutiérrez played for Chile at the 2017 CONMEBOL Sudamericano U-20, starting in each of La Rojita’s four matches.
Gutiérrez has a twin brother, Diego, who played for Canadian Premier League side Valour FC in 2019 and has represented Canada at the youth level.