Why Vancouver Whitecaps FC won’t have a backup goaltender on Thursday

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In a perfect storm of injuries, international transfer certificates, bad timing and bad luck, Vancouver Whitecaps FC play their final group stage game at the MLS is Back Tournament on Thursday against Chicago Fire FC without a backup goaltender.The club entered the tournament with Maxime Crepeau, Bryan Meredith and Thomas Hasal as goalkeepers in the squad. Ahead of their first game against the San Jose earthquakes, Meredith left the team after her mother Beth passed away suddenly – returning to her native New Jersey to be with her family.

They still had two goalies for their second game on Sunday against the Seattle Sounders, but starter Crepeau suffered and was eliminated. Hasal, 21, left the bench to make his MLS debut. It turns out that Crepeau has fractured his left thumb and will not be available for the foreseeable future.

Now it gets tricky.

MLS has a system for situations like this, a league-wide pool of goalies for emergency scenarios. There is a goalie at MLS headquarters in Orlando, Charlie Lyon, and during the tournament he trained with the NYCFC and was on the bench for Sporting Kansas City in their last game. But, as Vancouver is a Canadian club and was already registered with Sporting, he cannot be temporarily added to Vancouver’s roster for their final game as they would need to move his international transfer certificate. They can’t because the transfer window is closed.

“The problem is that the goalkeeper here was used for the Sporting KC game,” Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters on a conference call. “Now we have to have a transfer window to allow this American keeper to join. a Canadian team and the transfer window is closed at this time. It is therefore impossible for us to make a move.

Additionally, before Meredith came out of the bubble, league sources told MLSsoccer.com that the Whitecaps have the option of adding a different goaltender, Caleb Patterson-Sewell, to their delegation, but won’t didn’t, because they had all three goalkeepers available. It was offered to all clubs on July 12 and had previously been with Nashville SC. Due to the withdrawal from Nashville, he had to leave Orlando the next day.

Meredith left the team on the 14th and Vancouver looked to add Patterson-Sewell, but the former Toronto FC goalkeeper had already left Orlando. Because he played for Toronto, he could have signed with Vancouver because his ITC was in Canada.

“The backup is nobody,” Dos Santos said for their next game. “This will be a situation where we have to go into full emergency mode, but hopefully that doesn’t happen. ”

A series of unfortunate events left the Whitecaps with a natural goalie available for their final group stage game at the MLS is Back tournament.



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