Chris Serban

  •  11.15.1995
  • Calgary, AB
  •  University of British Columbia
A versatile defender, who joined the Whitecaps FC Residency program in February 2014 after playing for his hometown Calgary Chinooks.
2014: As a freshman at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Serban, started 11 of UBC’s regular season games, and was on the field for all but 16 minutes in those contests. Serban was an integral part of the UBC back line which, gave up seven goals in 12 matches, the fewest in Canada West helping the Thunderbirds to a 9W-2L-1D record and a berth in the Canada West Final four. He was also able to join the attack assisting on two occasions. Serban, was named Lou Bilek Award recipient for the CIS rookie of the year.
2014: Appearing nine times over the course of the regular season for the ‘Caps and twice more in the playoffs. Serban, constantly played 90 minutes only being substituted three times. When Serban was included in the lineup, Whitecaps FC finished with a 5W-3L-3D including one win in the playoffs.
2013-14: Serban started all 15 matches he appeared in for Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency helping the team to a 8W-3L-4D record, and a strong finish to their campaign that saw the team come second in the Northwest Division. Playing in his first match February 22, 2014 Serban played the full 90 minutes in a 3-0 win against Portland Timbers. Serban, scored his lone goal of the season on the final match day June 26, 2014 against Bethesda-Olney.
U-20: Named to the U-20 national team that took part in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championships in Jamaica, the right back played every minute in all five of Canada's matches. Serban was invited to Canada’s U-20 men’s tour of Europe in November 2014. Appearing in all three matches, he was first introduced as substitute against England in a 2-2 draw. Serban, then started in both of Canada’s other two games a 2-1 over Russia, and a 1-0 win against the US.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound defender previously played for Calgary Chinooks.
The defenders parents are Daniela and Florin Serban and he carries both a Canadian and Romanian citizenship. The defender has recently graduated from Bishop O’Byrne high school in his hometown of Calgary.
Teammates with current Whitecaps FC players, Sam Adekugbe, Marco Bustos, Kianz Froese, and former Whitecaps FC Residency keeper Nolan Wirth, on the Canadian U-20 national team.