Vancouver signs South Korean midfielder as new Young DP

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Vancouver’s roster reshape has a potentially massive big piece.

The Whitecaps have signed South Korean playmaker In-beom Hwang from Daejon Citizen for two seasons with options for two more.

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The 22-year-old center midfielder will be a Young Designated Player for the ‘Caps, and becomes their first DP since the departures of Brek Shea (Atlanta United) and Kendall Waston (FC Cincinnati).

He has both attacking and defensive qualities, and has been capped 12 times by South Korea.

Hwang played all five matches of South Korea’s Asian Cup, which ended with a quarterfinal loss to Qatar. He scored against Panama in an October friendly.