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Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Andy Rose from Seattle Sounders

Aug 5, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Seattle Sounders midfielder Andy Rose (5) runs down field against the Vancouver Whitecaps during the first half of the CONCACAF Champions League at BC Place. The score was tied 1-1. (Anne-Marie Sorvin/USA TODAY Sports)

The Vancouver Whitecaps continue to rebuild their squad and on Monday announced that they had signed Andy Rose.  

Signed from Scottish Premiership side, Motherwell FC, Vancouver acquired Rose’s Major League Soccer rights from Seattle Sounders during Sunday’s half-day trade window exchange for $50,000 of General Allocation Money (GAM). Rose has agreed to an MLS contract through 2020, with a club option for 2021.

“Thinking about the culture, the team, and the spirit we want to create, Andy is a great team guy who is going to show up every day,” Whitecaps FC coach Marc Dos Santos said. “He has experience in the league and abroad, and he can play any of the midfield positions. You need players like Andy on your roster.”

Rose returns to MLS after three seasons abroad where he played for Coventry City in England’s League One and Motherwell FC in the Scottish Premiership. The defensive midfielder managed 53 appearances and scored two goals in all competitions for Motherwell and scored five goals in 40 appearances, helping Coventry lift the EFL trophy in April 2017. 

Born in Australia, Rose is a UK citizen and holds a UK passport. He also trained in Bristol City’s youth academy before he moved to the United States to play for the UCLA Bruins in 2008. Drafted by Real Salt Lake in the 2012 MLS Supplemental Draft, Rose had his best time in MLS with Vancouver’s Cascadia rivals Seattle. Between 2012 and 2015 Rose recorded 10 goals and seven assists in 106 appearances across all competitions and helped Sounders FC win the 2014 U.S. Open Cup.

“Andy is a first-class individual that was a valued member of our organization during his time in Seattle,” said Sounders FC general manager and president of soccer Garth Lagerwey. “We’re happy he is back in MLS and wish him the best of luck in Vancouver.”

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