VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC solidified their back line on Friday with the acquisition of experienced centre back Érik Godoy.
The 25-year-old Argentine joins Whitecaps FC on a one-year loan with an option to purchase from Argentina’s Club Atlético Colón. The transaction was completed with the use of Targeted Allocation Money.
“Érik is a dynamic centre back with really good experience for his age,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “The Argentine league is an aggressive and intense league, a very competitive type of soccer. In watching Érik and talking to him, we felt that he suits well what we want to do here.”
Whitecaps FC centre back Érik Godoy
- Eight years of professional experience in the top tier Superliga Argentina
- More than 140 starts with Club Atlético Tigre, Club Atlético Belgrano, and Atlético Colón
- Eight combined starts in the Copa Sudamericana and Copa Libertadores
Godoy is entering his prime after playing the past eight years in his native Argentina with Tigre, Belgrano, and Colón. During his career in his home country he accumulated more than 140 starts in the top tier Superliga Argentina, also known as the Primera División, as well 10 appearances in the Copa Argentina. In that time, the native of Buenos Aires scored six goals in all competitions.
The newest addition to the Blue and White enters training camp having recently made 10 starts and 11 appearances with Colón during the current 2018-19 Superliga season.
In international cup competition, Godoy made one start in the Copa Libertadores with Tigre, as well as seven starts in the Copa Sudamericana with both Tigre, where he started the second leg of the final in 2012, and most recently with Colón in 2018.
Godoy is the fifth defender signed to the roster this offseason, along with left back/winger Victor “PC” Giro, centre backs Derek Cornelius and Jasser Khmiri, and right back Scott Sutter.
Whitecaps FC open their season on Saturday, March 2 versus Minnesota United FC at BC Place. Visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets for ticket information.
TRANSACTION: On February 8, 2019, Whitecaps FC acquire centre back Érik Godoy on a one-year loan, with the use of Targeted Allocation Money, with an option to purchase from Superliga Argentina side Club Atlético Colón. Godoy will occupy an international roster spot and officially join the club's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC), work permit, and visa.
Position: Centre back
Weight: 175 pounds
Date of birth: August 16, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Previous club: Club Atlético Colón (ARG PD: '18-'19)