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Vancouver Whitecaps Joe Hanson

Yukon Native Joe Hanson Heads ‘Down South’ To Winnipeg

By on April 8, 2024 0 957 Views

We had listed Joe Hanson as a player likely destined for the CPL this year, with Valour FC swooping in to sign the 20-year-old to a contract of undisclosed length.

As a native of Whitehorse, the Canadian forward makes history to become the first-ever player from the Yukon Territory to land in the Canadian Premier League.

Before landing in ‘southernly’ Winnipeg, Hanson spent two seasons in MLS NEXT Pro with Whitecaps FC II, amassing 36 professional appearances that have seen him tested out on not only both sides of the pitch, but in an advanced forward role as well. In a salary cap league like the CPL, that versatility will be key.

Valour FC Phillip Dos Santos
Photo Credit: Valour FC

“Joe will bring additional options to our attack,” confirms Valour FC head coach Phillip Dos Santos. “He’s versatile and arrives having a good tactical understanding of what we want from him. I think he’s a young player with a high margin to progress. Joe’s minutes will be valuable and count towards the required U-21 minutes.”

Hanson had been out-of-contract with the Whitecaps since the turn of the year, having previously played for the Yukon Selects FC, the Total Soccer Excellence Academy, and even the Vancouver Island Wave before making history as the Yukon’s first-ever professonal soccer player with the Whitecaps FC 2.

Standing at six-foot-three, the youngster will be an intriguing addition to a team that struggled in goal production last season.

While Valour has brought in a bank of experience, the club’s full contingent of domestic U-21 players has remained small. Dos Santos has largely banked on proven experience in his roster rebuild, urging players to be ambitious after finishing bottom of league standings in 2023.

Header Image Photo Credit: Bob Frid / Vancouver Whitecaps FC

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