Vancouver Still Dealing

Vancouver Still Dealing

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On November 26, 2010
  • 2011 MLS SuperDraft, Jay Nolly, Nathan Sturgis, Phillippe Davies, Trades, Wes Knight

Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi has been busy all week.

Between yesterday and today the Vancouver Whitecaps continue to make deals and moves. Yesterday they traded one player away and today they signed three from their D-2 team.

The Whitecaps traded defensive midfielder Nathan Sturgis to Toronto FC for the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.

Then today they announced the signings of defender Wes Knight and goalkeeper Jay Nolly, as well as the addition of Philippe Davies as its first homegrown player.

Get all of that? So in all from Wednesday’s expansion draft the Whitecaps only kept five players that they picked. But getting another first round pick in January’s draft is a pretty good deal for them I believe. I know I said Sturgis was a steal for them on Wednesday but its hard to really trust that he would have been great in Vancouver given his history with injuries. He goes to Toronto and will get to play on grass rather than the plastic stuff that the Caps will have. In all its a good deal for both sides.

We figured for a while that they’d sign a few of their own D-2 players. I imagine this is only the beginning of that though.

  • Steve

    You’re correct Drew, they will be adding quite a few from d2 team. In the summer transfer window last year the Caps brought in ten new players(while releasing seven) from outside the league with the idea that these additions plus the players they already had would compete to play in the MLS. There’s quite a bit of talent but with all the changes there was no time for chemistry.

    The 3 players added today have been in the org. for 2-3 years. The local beat writers say there will be in total 12-14 players from d2 including the 3 today.

  • Kaiser

    Good deal for Vancouver! Sturgis is a solid player, who should help TFC solidify things in the midfield, but the 8th pick is too high for him (2nd rounder is a better choice). Vancouver will now have a chance to grab a several players in what looks to be another good draft class. Other than the O’Brien White deal, I really like what Vancouver is doing.