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Vancouver FC Mikael Cantave

Vancouver FC Secures Key Trio For 2024

By on January 11, 2024 0 1100 Views

Canadian Premier League expansion side Vancouver FC has locked in three midseason reinforcements from their inaugural campaign who provided a noticeable boost to the club’s performance on the pitch.

The Langley-based club has confirmed that forward Mikael Cantave and midfielders Vasco Fry and Renan Garcia had signed new deals through ‘at least’ the 2024 CPL season.

Vancouver FC Mikael Cantave
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Canadian-Haitian forward Mikael Cantave made big waves after arriving from Cavalry FC in the summer and now lands a two-year deal for his efforts, with a club option for 2026.

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The 27-year-old added a noticeable punch to the club’s attack, tallying four goals in two assists in sixteen appearances. For Cavalry, he had scored three goals and tallied two assists in 24 league appearances since arriving from Chindia Targoviște.

Vasco Fry arrived on loan from the Vancouver Whitecaps in August, with the Canadian-Peruvian midfielder featuring heavily over the next two months whilst carving out a goal and assist to his name.

A lively and energetic addition, he now signs a two-year deal with Vancouver FC that includes a club option for a further with, with the Whitecaps having passed on re-signing him.

Vancouver FC Renan Garcia
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Brazilian midfielder Renan Garcia brought some much-needed veteran influence to the middle of the park, with age proving no matter for the 37-year-old: he never missed a match since arriving in July, playing in all but three possible minutes over the next fourteen games. Tallying a goal and assist, he’s now signed on for the 2024 CPL season with a contract that includes a club option for 2025.

“Mikael, Vasco and Renan played key roles in transforming our selection in our inaugural season after joining VFC mid-season,” says head coach Afshin Ghotbi.

“Mikael’s explosive vertical runs and goals were key in our surge at the end of the 2023 season. Vasco’s crushing tackles combined with his exquisite left foot created a great partner in the midfield with Renan, who himself was a big rock physically and mentally in the middle of the pitch.”

Ghotbi has big aspirations for the BC-based club and hopes to build up from the promising late-season form he saw in 2023, with the gaffer marking playoffs as a high priority target for 2024.

The club added East Vancouver native Ben Fisk from Cavalry this week, with another former roster member of the regular season champions also set for Langley.

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