Whitecaps Set to Add International after Harris Leaves for Rapids


Atiba Harris in a reserve fixture
Photo: Whitecaps FC

Vancouver Whitecaps have acquired an additional international slot after trading Atiba Harris to Colorado. Harris had struggled to make any impact in a forward line where Kenny Miller, Omar Salgado, Dane Richards and Darren Mattocks has been ahead of him in the manager’s favour.

“Atiba is a versatile, exciting attacking player who has a lot of experience for his age,” said Rapids Technical Director Paul Bravo.

“He can play both wide midfield and attacking positions and his speed, skills and tenacity will give our team a boost in the attacking third. We’re excited to welcome him to the club.”

Harris becomes the latest foreigner to exit the Caps forward line revolving door. Frenchmen Seb Le Toux and Eric Hassli, and Swiss Davide Chiumieneto had stints at the club.

Whitecaps FC 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.”

Harris, 27, joined Whitecaps FC after being selected in the second-round (fourth overall) of the 2010 MLS Expansion Draft. In two seasons with Vancouver, the native of Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis, scored two goals and added three assists in 12 MLS regular season appearances.

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  1. Harris wasn’t using an INTL slot, and the one “received” is an extension of one they already had.

    • The club’s release had the headline: