The busy rebuild under new head coach Marc Dos Santos continued for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday. The club signed 25-year-old Argentine center back Érik Godoy
Godoy joins the Whitecaps on a one-year loan with an option to purchase from Argentina’s Club Atlético Colón. The transaction was completed with the use of Targeted Allocation Money. Godoy will occupy an international roster spot and officially join the club’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC), work permit and visa.
“Érik is a dynamic centre back with really good experience for his age,” Dos Santos said. “The Argentine league is an aggressive and intense league, a very competitive type of soccer.”
Godoy is already the fifth defender the club has signed this offseason, along with left back/winger Victor “PC” Giro, centerbacks Derek Cornelius and Jasser Khmiri and right back Scott Sutter.
But while signings like Cornelius and Khmiri are considered long-term projects, Godoy adds instant experience.
Godoy is entering his prime after playing the past eight years in his native Argentina with Tigre, Belgrano and Colón. Throughout his career in Argentina, he made 146 appearances in Argentina’s first division, as well as 10 appearances in the Copa Argentina.
This season, Godoy made 10 straight starts for Colon in the Primera Division to begin the season. On matchday 11, he came off the bench and played just 37 minutes. He has not featured for Colon since.
"Érik is only 25, but has a lot of experience."
— Vancouver Whitecaps (@WhitecapsFC) February 8, 2019
“He lost his position in the first team and did not make another appearance at Colon after they changed their manager,” Nicolás Miremont, a Buenos Aires football journalist, who covers Argentine soccer for the Futbolgrad Network, told Pro Soccer USA. “Belgrano were interested in bringing him back, but when MLS came calling he decided to make the move to North America.”
Miremont said Godoy was at his best at Belgrano and was discovered by Colon. But following the move, he hit a bump in his career plan, a bump that he now wants to correct with a move to MLS.
“In watching Érik and talking to him, we felt that he suits well what we want to do here,” Dos Santos said, concluding his statement to the media Friday.