You know what sounds terrible? Being a part of the 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps.
Aside from Alphonso Davies’ sale to Bayern Munich, the ‘Caps struggled to keep any semblance of momentum all season and saw their poor campaign cost longtime coach Carl Robinson his job.
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“Robbo” must’ve been smirking a little today, as the Whitecaps had a post-season press conference for the ages. It included tears, a captain asking out (again), and some pretty damning complaints.
Take this one, from 24-times capped New Zealand international and starting goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic.
Cue the “This is fine” meme.
Vancouver fired Robinson with five matches left in the season and playoff hopes still alive. They promptly took four points out of the next 12 and were eliminated before winning on the Decision Day and finishing two points back of sixth.
Captain Kendall Waston wasn’t happy with the move then, and spoke out more forcefully on Tuesday. Waston said he “doesn’t like two-faced people” and expects a transfer. Vancouver says he won’t be sold for less than market value.
Felipe Martins was in tears as he recapped a rough personal season that included his father-in-law dying, a loss of a family dog, and further unnamed family issues.
And Efrain Juarez was not pleased with his teammates speaking out in public.
Efrain Juarez is bringing his game to Major League Soccer.
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The 39-times capped Mexico veteran has inked a deal with the Vancouver Whitecaps, joining a strengthened unit which came within a point of winning the West last season.
Juarez, 29, was unveiled as a midfielder by the ‘Caps, though he’s primarily played right back in his club career. He’s played at Celtic, Real Zaragoza, Club America, Monterrey, and Pumas.
Last capped by El Tri in 2012, Juarez has played every position except goal, center attacking mid, and center forward in his career (picture a ‘U’ on the pitch).
“I’m so happy and excited for this new stage in my career,” Juarez said. “It’s an opportunity for me to keep growing in a new league and to be a part of an amazing club in Vancouver. From the moment they showed interest me, Carl Robinson and the Whitecaps staff have made me feel very important. I promise to put all my effort into this club and do my best to help us achieve our goals.”
A former Mexican international appears set to make the leap to Major League Soccer ahead of the new season.
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Monterrey defender Efrain Juarez looks to be on the verge of coming to the United States, after the veteran outside back and midfielder was left out of his side’s Liga MX match on Saturday.
“Efrain has the possibility of going to MLS,” manager Antonio Mohamed recently said. “He’s negotiating and that’s why he isn’t in the squad.
Juarez, 29, previously made 39 appearances for El Tri on the international stage, but hasn’t appeared in a match for Mexico since 2012.
There are no indications at this time as to which MLS side is pursuing Juarez’s signature.