VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Whitecaps rebuild has been slow going and heading into Week 11 of the MLS regular season, the Caps have recorded just two wins. Despite the slow start, the Whitecaps will not be involved in any transfer business on the final day of the MLS primary transfer window.
“In this window, there will not be moves by the end of today, and there is a reason,” head coach Marc Dos Santos explained to the media Tuesday.
“The names of the people we were looking at, the possible trades, were all plaster situations,” Dos Santos added. “What I’m looking to do is the guys that come in now and join the club, need to bring us to another level. They have to be a plus. We can’t be trading an apple for an orange.”
Instead, Dos Santos is looking to “trade an apple for a chicken,” as he so eloquently put on Tuesday.
For the Whitecaps the right player, or deal, was simply not available within the confines of the league. “The [league] rules make it very difficult to recruit within the league,” Dos Santos already pointed out last week.
Hence, the Whitecaps are hoping to add that one marquee player, the potential replacement for winger Alphonso Davies, in the summer when the transfer window opens across Europe.
“The players that were available in this window, the good ones are still finishing the season, so we have to be a little bit patient,” Dos Santos explained. “Hopefully after July 7, we’ll have one or two additions that will help us going forward.”
It means that the current core will have to get the job done in 12 MLS games and possibly one round of the Canadian championship. A stretch of games that includes two Cascadia derbies — against Portland on Friday and Seattle on Jun. 26 — as well as hosting challenging fixtures against the likes of Atlanta United, Sporting Kansas City, New York Red Bulls, Toronto FC and LAFC.
At the same time, it is difficult to argue against the Whitecaps’ reasoning to forego on any possible moves. The transfer window in Europe does not open until July 1, and with plenty of movement expected among Europe’s elite, the Whitecaps could snap up the sort of star player this market has been craving for, one who is also the right piece to help this side make the next step.