VANCOUVER, BC - An important piece on the ’Caps backline is returning to the fold.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has acquired centre back Érik Godoy from Club Atlético Colón via transfer with the use of Targeted Allocation Money and is set to join the team in the coming days – pending medical, work permit, and visa. The 6-foot-1 defender, who initially arrived in Vancouver on a year-long loan from the Superliga Argentina club in February 2019, has agreed to an MLS contract through 2022 with an option for 2023.
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"We are very pleased to get this deal done and welcome Erik back to our club and city,” said Whitecaps FC sporting director Axel Schuster. “Erik had a good first year in MLS and everyone is convinced that he will continue to improve and be an important player for our team.”
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Whitecaps FC centre back Érik Godoy
- 30 starts in 31 matches across all competitions in 2019 with Whitecaps FC
- 32 blocks in league play, three off MLS single-regular season record since Opta started tracking the statistic in 2009
- 127 clearances in league play, ninth in MLS
- 2019 WFC Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero
Godoy, 26, earned 30 starts in 31 appearances across all competitions, with a goal and an assist in his first year in Vancouver. His 32 blocks in league play was only three off the MLS single-regular season record since Opta started tracking the statistic in 2009. He also added 127 clearances, good for ninth in MLS. He was honoured with the WFC Jock MacDonald Unsung Hero award following the season.
“We are very happy to have reached an agreement for Erik,” added Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “Since day one, Erik has been committed and always available to help the team. He showed versatility and a great ability to adapt to MLS. We look forward to seeing his continued growth as a player at our club.”
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC on loan, Godoy played eight years in his native Argentina with Tigre, Belgrano, and Colón. He made over 140 starts in the top tier Superliga Argentina, also known as the Primera División, as well 10 appearances in the Copa Argentina, scoring six goals in all competitions.
TRANSACTION: On January 22, 2020, Whitecaps FC acquire centre back Érik Godoy on a permanent transfer with the use of Targeted Allocation Money from Superliga Argentina side Club Atlético Colón - medical, 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), Whitecaps FC (MLS on loan ‘19)