Whitecaps trade Atiba Harris, decline 2013 options on John Thorrington, Michael Nanchoff
The Vancouver Whitecaps have traded little used striker Atiba Harris to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster spot (Jan. 1, 2015 to Jan. 1, 2017).
The Major League Soccer team has also declined next year's options on midfielders Michal Nanchoff and John Thorrington.
Harris, 27, joined Vancouver after being selected in the second-round (fourth overall) of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. In two seasons with the Whitecaps, the native of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, scored two goals and added three assists in 12 MLS regular season appearances.
The Whitecaps have 11 international roster spots through the 2013 season and 10 international roster spots through the 2016 season.
“We are thankful for the contributions Atiba made during his two years in Vancouver and wish him all the best with Colorado,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi.
“Atiba scored a memorable goal during our inaugural match and although his time on the pitch was limited because of injuries, he was always a great ambassador for the club.”
The Whitecaps maintain the right of first refusal on Nanchoff in Major League Soccer, while Thorrington may be eligible for selection in the 2012 MLS re-entry draft process. However, the Whitecaps may still sign Thorrington or he may opt out of re-entry process before 2 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday.
The 24-year-old Nanchoff was drafted in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2011 MLS SuperDraft by the Whitecaps. In two seasons with Vancouver, the native of North Royalton, Ohio, has made 14 MLS regular season appearances.
Thorrington, 33, joined the Whitecaps after being picked in the 2010 MLS expansion draft from Chicago Fire. During his two seasons with the Caps, the product of Palos Verdes Peninsula, Calif., has made 30 MLS regular season appearances.
The Caps also announced Monday they have exercised the contract options for the 2013 season on the following eight players: goalkeeper Brad Knighton, defenders Jordan Harvey, Greg Klazura, Young-Pyo Lee, and Carlyle Mitchell, midfielders Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson and Matt Watson.
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