Rumour: Sanvezzo Interested In Vancouver FC
Reports that Liga MX veteran and former Whitecaps forward Camilo Sanvezzo could be set for a Vancouver return have picked up steam this week.
However, the 34-year-old Liga MX striker wouldn’t be heading back to the city for a ‘Caps reunion: instead, the man who scored the 2013 MLS Goal of the Year is reportedly keen on Canadian Premier League side Vancouver FC instead.
Sanvezzo is reportedly keen to play under VFC head coach Afshin Ghotbi, who once came ninety minutes away from a World Cup Final whilst helping coach South Korea. The veteran head coach has also coached his native Iran, and on paper rings in as the most high-calibre coach in CPL history.
It’s been ten years since Sanvezzo called Vancouver home, but fans in the city will certainly remember the prolific Brazilian: he tallied 43 goals and 17 assists in just 102 appearances for the Whitecaps, making the former MLS All-Star one of their most prolific forwards.
He joined the team following a short trial in 2011 and departed for Queretaro Futbol Club on a multi-million dollar transfer in 2013, having previously played for Oeste Paulista Esporte Club and Sport Club Corinthians in his native Brazil, Malta’s Qormi FC, and Gyeongnam FC in South Korea.
Camilo has called Liga MX home ever since, earning the nickname ‘El Lobo’ while with Queretaro, where he bagged an astounding 67 goals for the side – enough to make him their all-time top goalscrorer by the time he left for Club Tijuana in 2019.
He then spent stints at Mazatlan FC and, more recently, Deportivo Toluca, where his current contract runs till July.
Should Ghotbi secure the midseason addition of Sanvezzo, the Brazilian forward would immediately become on of the most high-profile veterans to join the five-year-old league. Vancouver FC has already accrued some interesting Liga MX ties, bringing in veteran Gael Sandoval and taking in Club Puebla youngster Cristian Mares on loan.
While both of those moves got their start with Mexican outlets reporting they were set for VWFC instead of Vancouver FC, the rumours on this one are focused on the CPL expansion team right from the start.
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Vancouver FC still has one remaining international roster spot and, should these preliminary talks lead to Sanvezzo’s return to Canada, might just secure one of the league’s greatest forwards on paper.
This would be amazing but very unlikely… There is no way he would leave LIGA MX money for a meager CPL contract. His contract expiring in Toluca means nothing. He is a proven goal scorer in Mexico and his options are endless there.