Whitecaps exercises options on seven players, “talks ongoing” with Fredy Montero

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VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps are keeping much of their roster intact next season, but still working to secure the services of two long-term veterans.
The Caps announced on Monday that the club have selected seven young players, including striker Theo Bair, midfielders Michael Baldisimo and Patrick Metcalfe, center-back Derek Cornelius, right-back Jake Nerwinski and goalkeepers Isaac Boehmer and Thomas Hasal.

“We see for all of these players the next steps and development in the future that make us believe that they can be an important part of our MLS squad, maybe not at the start of next season but in the long term.” , athletic director Axel Schuster said Monday during a video call.

The Caps chose not to pick an option for veteran midfielder Andy Rose.

Schuster said Rose and the club had agreed the deal that the option would trigger was not the best solution.

“We are now in an ongoing process to find a better deal or better build a contract for him at our club. But there is no doubt that we would like to keep him, ”Schuster said, noting that Rose has played a key role in developing the club’s young talent.

Discussions also continue with forward Fredy Montero, whose contract expires at the end of December.

Schuster said he was in contact with Montero’s agent on Monday morning.

“I can tell you that our first idea of ​​a new contract was not exactly the idea that Fredy and his agent had. So that’s part of the negotiations, ”said Schuster. Everyone is fighting a bit for their position. But I can tell you that the communication is very open.

Whitecaps staff are also working with David Milinkovic to try and find a new winger team. If they can’t find a new home for the 26-year-old French winger, he will stay with the club, Schuster said.

“He showed he can help this team,” he said. “If it ends any other way, it’s nothing to worry about or it would be a bad scenario for us. ”

Milinkovic had one goal and four assists in 16 appearances for the Whitecaps last season.

Vancouver chose not to exercise its option on the Georges Mukumbilwa academy product, and “goaltender Bryan Meredith was not offered a new contract.

The Whitecaps finished the season 9-14-0, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year.

Schuster said he was happy the club did not revise the roster this offseason.

“We are confident with this team that we are able to take the next steps,” he said, adding that the ‘Caps are still looking to bring in a few key things.

“For this quality that we want to add, you are never alone in the market and it always costs a little more.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 30, 2020.

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