The Vancouver Whitecaps have purchased Érik Godoy from Argentine Superliga side CA Colón, according to a report from Argentina.
On Thursday, Colón president José Vignatti confirmed to Argentine outlet Soy Deportes the Whitecaps have triggered the $1.5 million purchase option in the loan agreement. The deal would make Godoy the most expensive center back in Whitecaps history.
“Érik is a dynamic center back with really good experience for his age,” Whitecaps coach Marc Dos Santos said in February when the Whitecaps signed the defender on loan from Colón. “The Argentine league is an aggressive and intense league, a very competitive type of soccer.”
Godoy played 29 games for the ‘Caps, scoring one goal and providing one assist. A flexible defender Dos Santos employed Godoy both as a center back and a right back.
Godoy reportedly staying in Vancouver is good news for Whitecaps fans concerned over the club selling defender Doneil Henry to Korean side Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
Henry’s transfer to Korea left the Whitecaps with just two defenders in the current squad, Derek Cornelius and Jasser Khmiri.
While Cornelius managed 17 games overall and played eight out of the last 10 games over the full 90 minutes, Khmiri missed almost the entire season with a serious knee injury. The Tunisian recorded his only game in Vancouver’s 4-3 victory over LA Galaxy on matchday 33.
“This is a player that was in the notebooks of clubs in Germany, Belgium, and France,” Dos Santos said about Khmiri to Pro Soccer USA in October in an exclusive interview.
In the same interview, Dos Santos also praised Godoy as one of the most improved players of last season. It now appears that the Vancouver head coach will get to work with both players once again in 2020.