The common thread about team building across all sports is that you need a strong spine to your lineup to succeed. This means strength down the middle, whether it’s shortstop/pitcher/catcher in baseball, centre/defenseman/goalie in hockey or in this case, centre midfield/centre back in soccer. Today the Whitecaps announced that they would be ensuring that the solid foundation that the 2016 WFC2 squad was based upon will be returning with the resigning of midfielder Will Seymore and centre back Sem de Wit.
In his first season in North America, the 21 year-old de Wit saw more minutes than any other WFC2 player last season enroute to being named the team’s Player of the Year. The native of Harderwijk, Netherlands, was a stabilizing force at the heart of the team’s much improved defensive play. He also made four first team appearances and looks to be on the the best bet among the USL group to earn a first team contract in the near future.
24 year-old Will Seymore will return for a third season with the USL side after cementing himself as the first choice holding midfielder last year. The former Oregon State standout provides WFC2 with a physical defensive presence in front of the back four and will be continue to be counted upon to free up his other midfield mates express themselves higher up the pitch.
The club also announced that Jackson Farmer, Giuliano Frano, Elliot Green, Daniel Haber, Jordan Haynes, Mitch Piraux, Fatawu Safiu, and Sahil Sandhu will not be returning for the 2017 season.
Haber is the only surprise out of the group after tying for second on the team with 7 goals. The 24 year-old will play next season with Western Conference rivals, the Real Monarchs.
Today’s activity means that the team currently has only seven USL players under contract for next season, with Seymore and de Wit joining academy graduates Sean Melvin, Cadin Chung, Matthew Baldisimo, Thomas Gardiner, and Terran Campbell. Look for the team to be quite active in the next few weeks.