Recently acquired midfielder Matias Laba speaks to media after joining 'Caps in Portland

PORTLAND, OREGON – There was a new face on the field Friday at Providence Park, as Vancouver Whitecaps FC held their final training session in Portland in advance of Saturday’s preseason contest against Portland Timbers.

Laba participates in first training session with Whitecaps FC

That new face was Argentine midfielder Matias Laba, who the ‘Caps acquired on Wednesday from Toronto FC in exchange for future considerations. 

“I didn’t really know where I was going to end up, but I’m extremely happy that Vancouver wanted me and that I’m here now,” Laba said through stand-in translator Jon Poli, Whitecaps FC’s strength and conditioning coach.

Laba said he’s been training throughout the offseason and he’s feeling fit heading into the season.

And Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said he’s hopeful that the 22-year-old will be able to get some minutes Saturday in Vancouver’s final preseason match before MLS First Kick. 

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