During a press conference on Monday morning, Whitecaps FC announced the clubs first roster moves ahead of the 2019 season. The ‘Caps have decided to exercise the contract options for seven players. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin, defenders Doneil Henry and Brett Levis, midfielders Nicolas Mezquida, David Norman Jr. and Yordy Reyna, and striker Erik Hurtado were all signed to lace up next season at BC Place.
This brings the roster to a total of 17 players under contract for the 2019 campaign. Despite the recent additions and contractual extensions the club has cut nine players and will not renew another five contracts.
Head Coach, Mark Dos Santos decided to keep all the homegrown Canadian players on the roster and said the main reason for them securing a spot on the team was due to the quality of the players and what they could bring to the club.
Dos Santos said every roster decision made today was for the long-term of the Vancouver Whitecaps.