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Vancouver Whitecaps Add Four New Players

The first place NASL Conference Vancouver Whitecaps aren’t content to sit back and accept the status quo.  The team has added four new players.  Canadian midfielders Terry Dunfield and Kyle Porter have been signed, along with Cameroonian midfielder Alexandre Morfaw and teenage Mexican-American striker Omar Salgado.  Salgado is on a three-month loan with the Whitecaps.

Dunfield, 28, is a Vancouver native who has spent his career in the lower English leagues.  He has made 74 appearances with Bury, 61 with Macclesfield Town and appeared 46 times for Shrewsbury Town since 2006.  The 5’7″ midfielder scored nine times since starting with Bury in 2002, and has also one Canadian national senior men’s team cap, along with several caps for the Canadian U-23 and U-20 national squads.  Dunfield started his career with the Manchester City youth team, and made one appearance for City in the EPL against Chelsea in 2001.

Kyle Porter is a 20 year-old who returns to Vancouver after two years with the youth squads of Energie Cottbus, a team that plays in Bundesliga 2.  The Ontario native featured for both the Energie Cottbus U-23  squad last season, scoring twice and for the  U-19 squads the year before.  He did not make any appearances for the senior squad.  The six-footer was with the Vancouver Residency program prior to playing in Germany and scored five goals in ten games in the PDL in 2008.

Alexandre Morfaw, 22, has spent the last season with Bodens BK, which he helped gain promotion from the fourth level of Swedish soccer to the third.  Morfaw, 5’9″ also spent time with Scunthorpe United and Lincoln City in England.  He came up through the youth system at French club FC Nantes and has played on the wing and also on the backline.  He also spent time in the youth system of FC Girondins de Bordeaux, and the Paris-based youngster has made a combined 27 appearances for the Cameroonian U-23, U-20 and U-17 national teams.

Omar Salgado is a native of El Paso, Texas who will turn 17 this September.  The forward signed with Chivas de Guadalajara at the age of 15, Salgado has played for the Chivas reserve squad , scoring seven goals in ten games.  In January he was named Player of the Tournament for the U-17 Copa de Libertadores.  Salgado has also spent time at the Bradenton Soccer Academy and has played internationally for both Mexico and the United States.  He scored his first international goal last month in the Milk Cup U-20 tournament in Northern Ireland in his first contest representing the United States.

The Whitecaps, who are headed to MLS in 2011, have had quite a roster turnover this season, as Justin Moose, Ricardo Sanchez, Jonny Steele and Marlon James are among those no longer with the Whitecaps squad that kicked off the season.  Coach Teitur Thordarson has brought in some exciting talent, especially young Mr. Salgado.  The Whitecaps travel this Saturday to Blaine, Minnesota to take on the NSC Minnesota Stars.

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