The Vancouver Whitecaps are a team with history. First appearing in the now-defunct NASL in 1974, the ‘Caps have had some big names on their roster over the years and it’s time now for Carl Robinson to recreate the 1979 NASL title-winning team with a few of the modern game’s stars.
The following is a list of potential players that could make a difference and lead the Caps to be the first ever CONCACAF champions...
With the 26-year-old Mexico international on the fringes of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United squad, this could be the perfect opportunity for an MLS club to swoop in and strike a deal with the quick-footed striker.
The ‘Caps have had trouble creating goals this season, resulting in them having the most draws in the league and with the departure of MLS Golden Boot winner Camilo Sanvezzo, this creates the perfect opportunity to invest in a big-name striker.
Not only would Chicarito’s signing help in making Robinson’s side more competitive in the Champions League, it would also add much-needed excitement to Vancouver's game.
It’s also possible that the extra tickets sold as a result could more than make-up for Hernandez’s transfer fee and salary.
Antonio di Natale
Udinese ace Di Natale has decided to delay his retirement for one more year and although it is suspected that he will remain at the Serie A club, it’s possible that he could be lured to the ‘Caps for a sufficient fee.
Di Natale still currently has one year left on his contract with Udinese and the Italian side may look to cash in on the striker before his retirement. The 36-year-old Azzurri international is one of Serie A's all-time top goalscorers and this may arouse the interest of Vancouver’s scouts, as such a player may excite the large Italian community in the city and therefore help to boost ticket sales.
34-year-old veteran Kuyt would be invaluable to the Whitecaps, as he could add goals to their game as well as being a great mentor to their young forwards, a role that Kenny Miller was able to provide before he left.
Although Kuyt is aging, the former Liverpool striker showed great resilience in this summer's World Cup campaign with the Dutch, starting for Louis van Gaal as he helped his side to a third-place finish.
The 'Caps have an extremely young attacking lineup, comprising of players such as 23-year-old Darren Mattocks, 20-year-old Omar Salgado, 19-year-old Kekutah Manneh and 23-year-old Eric Hurtado.
Kuyt would be the ideal addition, as his extensive experience in the Premier League would surely rub off on his teammates. The Dutchman has also shown that he is extremely versatile, as he played in a defensive role in his country's World Cup campaign, an ability that would be priceless to the ‘Caps who have been known to have an injury prone backline.
Kuyt currently plays for Turkish club Fenerbahce and it is rumoured that he is wanting an exit from European football.
Spanish international and Barcelona veteran Xavi has long seen his Camp Nou future subject to speculation and as the midfield maestro ages, his price tag is becoming more suitable for an MLS side.
Vancouver would benefit immensely with the addition of Xavi to their squad, as he could fit in just behind recently acquired midfielders Sebastian Fernandez and Spanish countryman Pedro Morales.
The three players would no doubt make the ‘Caps a contender with the most powerful midfield in North America.
The Whitecaps are plentiful with quick, young strikers and Xavi’s ability to pick out a pass at pinpoint precision could turn the Canadian side into a fast and dangerous attacking force.
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