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Vancouver FC Drops End-Of-Season Roster Update

By on January 5, 2024 0 1063 Views

The hefty roster overhaul of Vancouver FC has continued into the offseason, with the club confirming five more player departures today – though three of them have still been invited to preseason training in a bid to earn new deals.

The club had previously confirmed four player departures with the likes of Jeremy Zielinski, Nicky Gyimah, Shaan Hundal, and Nathanial St. Louis all leaving in November.

It is now confirmed that the Vancouver FC declined its options on midfielders Min-jae Kwak, Nima Moazeni Zadeh, and midseason addition Ivan Mejia, while U-SPORTS recruit Ameer Kinani falls out of contract. Youngster Lennon Thompson, the son of assistant coach Nyall Thompson, will not be returning to the club.

Vancouver FC Nima Moazenizadeh
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“We would like to thank Min-jae, Ivan, Nima, Ameer, and Lennon for their dedication and hard work throughout VFC’s first season,” said head coach Afshin Ghotbi on the departures. “They each played a part in building the legacy of this club, and we wish them all the best in the future.”

Out of the five aforementioned departures, three were still invited to fight for roster spots in preseason training. That would be Mejia, Moazeni Zadeh, and Kinani, though it remains to be seen if they’ll take the club up on those offers.

Vancouver FC Afshin Ghotbi
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Vancouver FC also confirmed that twelve players will enter the 2024 CPL season on guaranteed contracts: goalkeeper Callum Irving, defenders Ibrahim Bakare, James Cameron (who trialed in England), Kadin Chung, Tyler Crawford, Rocco Romeo, and Anthony White, midfielder Elliot Simmons (who is training with Barnet), and forwards Gabriel Bitar, Alejandro Diaz, and TJ Tahid. 

The club will be making further roster announcements later this month. With nine players departing (and more having left midseason), there’s plenty of roster space to fill heading in to the club’s second season. We’ve heard two former Cavalry players have landed out west, though more signings have already been completed behind the scenes.

South Korean midfielder Min-jae Kwak had tallied 27 appearances for The Eagles, making him one of the large departures of the group. Zadeh made 14 appearances, with his season cut relatively short through injury. Mejia came in from the TSS Rovers, but only came of the bench for eleven minutes following his midseason arrival.

Kinani had clocked in second overall in the 2023 CPL U-SPORTS Draft and enjoyed a prolific preseason, but only tallied one goal and an assist in 23 appearances.19-year-old Lennon Thompson made three appearances while on a developmental contract, and will retain his amateur status heading in to 2024.

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