Vancouver continues to bolster attack with World Cup veteran Bolanos

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Major League Soccer’s stingiest defensive team is adding more and power potency to its attack.

Vancouver has already added Japanese star Masato Kudo, while making a loan move for Honduran attacker Deybi Flores permanent through the transfer market.

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This after scooping up prolific Division II attacker Chris Hellman, Washington midfielder James Moberg, and big Princeton striker Thomas Sanner in the MLS SuperDraft.

And now they’ve signed two-time World Cup veteran Christian Bolanos, 31, who shares the same heritage as Costa Rican ‘Caps call-ups Kendall Waston and Jordan Smith.


“Christian is a proven winner,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s a player we’ve coveted for a while and we’re delighted to add his wealth of experience to our club. Christian is a natural winger and we expect him to complement our young attacking players very well.”

Depth in attack will be as important as ever for the ‘Caps, who are looking to improve on a second-place finish in the West and a group stage ouster in the CONCACAF Champions League.

Has Bolanos lost his fastball since leaving Copenhagen in 2014? It’s possible, but Bolanos has done fine in Saprissa and continues to receive Los Ticos call-ups. He could be another shrewd Vancouver signing.