Get to know more about Vancouver’s new player
-by Chris Vales
The Whitecaps FC continue to make additions before their March 2 season opener with the signing of English defender/midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
While the Portland Timbers had the rights to Reo-Coker, they never managed to work out a contract, so the Whitecaps FC have jumped on board.
Reo-Coker, 28, has played for West Ham United, Aston Villa, Bolton Wanderers and Ipswich Town – he’s experienced to say the least. He had shorter stints with Bolton and Ipswich, which is why Reo-Coker is hoping he’s found the right fit for his talents in Vancouver.
What the signing means for the ‘Caps
Vancouver is stacked at defense and midfield. On the back end they have Jay DeMerit and Y.P. Lee as starters, but with the likes of Alain Rochat, Andy O’Brien, Brad Rusin (who can also play midfield) and Jordan Harvey, it’s a crowded backfield.
There is so much talent at midfield that there’s no point in naming every player. I’m not sure what coach Martin Rennie’s plans are, but there will have to be some sort of rotation, meaning less playing time for some big minute players. It wouldn’t be surprising if some players become unhappy with the reductions.
Don’t get me wrong: Reo-Coker adds outstanding depth and has the potential to shine in the MLS. Looking at the Whitecaps’ new and improved defense and midfield, it’s going to be an exciting season.