Carl Robinson’s South American expedition has landed him a 22-year-old Designated Player.
The Vancouver Whitecaps announced 6-foot-2 Octavio Rivero as their latest DP. The Uruguayan is coming off a strong campaign with O’Higgins in Chile and will join a ‘Caps corps that includes plenty of South American flair.
Matias Laba and Mauro Rosales are Argentine, Pedro Morales is Chilean, and Nicolas Mezquida is a fellow 22-year-old Uruguayan forward.
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With a full season of Kendall Waston and returning keeper David Ousted, Vancouver should challenge for a second successive Cascadia Cup and a return to the playoffs despite a very difficult Western Conference that’s added Houston — which recently picked up Cubo Torres — and Sporting KC.
Rivero has represented Uruguay at the U-17 level, playing at both the 2009 Copa UC tournament and the 2009 South American U-17 Football Championship, where he played with current Whitecaps FC midfielder Nicolas Mezquida.
He’s also played professionally with played with Montevideo-based clubs Defensor Sporting, Central Español FC, and CA Rentistas.
“I’m very happy to come to Vancouver to be a part of this great club and beautiful city,” Rivero said in a stament. “BC Place is a wonderful stadium with an amazing atmosphere. I will give my all for the club and fans.”
Many high-flying striker arrivals in MLS can be met by a fair bit of caution, but Vancouver should be quite dangerous if Rivero can make it work. If the first goal in this video is any indication, he certainly could be a wonderful pick-up.