The Vancouver Whitecaps roster reshuffle continued Wednesday, when the Caps signed right back Scott Sutter for the 2019 season with an option for 2020.
Sutter, born in England, holds a United States Green Card and will not occupy an international roster spot. The 32-year-old will officially join the club’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITC) and medical examinations.
“Scott is a competitor, and we are happy to have him join our club. He will be a great addition to our young locker room,” Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos said in an official statement issued by the club.
Sutter arrives in Vancouver following two seasons with Orlando City SC, where he made 51 appearances while contributing offensively with four goals and six assists.
Before joining Orlando, Sutter spent 14 seasons playing in the Swiss Super League with Grasshopper Club Zürich, BSC Young Boys and FC Zürich. In that time, he made more than 200 league appearances and played 65 matches in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and UEFA Cup competition. Offensively, Sutter contributed 13 goals and 31 assists in all competitions.
Sutter originally moved to Switzerland from his native England at age 16 to play with Grasshopper. The dual-citizen, whose father is Swiss, has also made two appearances for the Switzerland national team.
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“Scott brings a lot of experience from his time in Switzerland, as well as his last two seasons in Orlando,” Dos Santos added.
Experience that might be important given the Whitecaps recent additions. Not counting Efrain Juarez, who has been absent from training sessions and will likely leave the club, the current roster only included four players above the age of 26.
Furthermore, players targeted by the Whitecaps, such as Juan Córdova, 23, Hwang In-beom, 22, and Sardar Azmoun, 24, are all relatively young. Hence, Sutter adds much-needed experience and depth to a side that remains very much in flux.