Alan Koch - training, giving instructions to group

Koch bolsters Whitecaps FC 2 backline with European duo Elliot Green & Sem de Wit

VANCOUVER, BC – In this town, a lot of good things come in pairs.

Skis, double-doubles, Swedish hockey-playing twins…. and now, European centre backs? 

On Wednesday, Whitecaps FC 2 announced their latest additions in defenders Elliot Green and Sem de Wit, as the club prepares for their second season in the USL, starting on March 26.

Looking to improve upon last year’s inaugural season, head coach Alan Koch has enlisted two young defenders that have each been seasoned in the competitive European soccer scene, after Green and de Wit each impressed in their two-week trial back in November.

The left-footed Green was raised in the English ranks and has spent four seasons playing professionally – two years with his hometown Lincoln City F.C., then the last two in Swedish football Division 2 Norrland.

“As a centre back, I want to be a leader on my team, and I do that by communicating with my teammates,” Green said. “Alan saw in me that I was a leader both on and off the pitch.”

“Elliot is a big, strong central defender,” Koch said. “He is vocal and a great communicator who can give quality instruction to the players around him.”

Like Green, de Wit comes in with four years of professional soccer under his belt, all spent in his home country of the Netherlands. 

A natural centre back but with the versatility to switch to midfielder, de Wit boasts a high soccer IQ and a winner’s mentality as a member of the FC Dordrecht side that earned a promotion to top-tier Eredivisie in 2014. 

“My best attribute as a player is my possession game. I have good vision of the pitch and calm on the ball,” de Wit said. “Getting the promotion to Eredivisie is the top highlight of my career. I saw the USL trophy and it would be nice if we could win that trophy too.”

“Sem is a character guy with a lot of experience, which is going to be important for our group,” Koch said. “His range of passing from the back is excellent, he's an excellent footballer.”

Green and de Wit will be joining a WFC2 roster that already boasts defenders Kadin Chung, Jackson Farmer, and Giuliano Frano - each of whom trained with the first team in Tucson last week - plus Jordan Haynes, Chris Serban, and Deklan Wynne.

If Koch has his way and his new acquisitions develop as he hopes, the sight of his new reinforced backline will have opposing attackers doubling over this coming season.

This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. More information on how to select your WFC2 matches will be sent out with your Tier 1 MLS membership packages. All ‘Caps Club Members can upgrade to the full WFC2 season for only $7 per month over 12 months, while Youth can get WFC2 season tickets for $2 per match.

Tier 2 season ticket memberships are also now available, while single match and group tickets will be available in March. For more information, contact or call 604-484-7862.