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Whitecaps re-sign midfielders Yordy Reyna, Felipe

Jun 1, 2018; Commerce City, CO, USA; Vancouver Whitecaps FC midfielder Yordi Reyna (29) controls the ball ahead of Colorado Rapids midfielder Jack Price (19) in the second half at Dick's Sporting Goods Park. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver’s busy offseason of player transactions continued Tuesday. The Whitecaps re-signed midfielder Felipe and attacking midfielder/forward Yordy Reyna to contract extensions.

Felipe agreed to a new contract through 2020, with an option for 2021, and Reyna agreed to a new contract, with the use of Targeted Allocation Money, through 2019, with options for 2020 and 2021.

The 28-year-old native of Engenheiro Beltrão, Brazil did not always look comfortable in Carl Robinson’s system last season. But despite his adjustment problems, Felipe recorded one goal and seven assists in 25 starts and 30 appearances across all competitions.

Furthermore, Felipe led the Whitecaps last year in touches, chances created, total successful passes and successful passes ending in the final third. Since his arrival in MLS in 2012, Felipe leads the league with 210 regular season starting XI appearances. 

Felipe’s attributes could be ideal for the system new head coach Marc Dos Santos wants to implement in Vancouver. 

“Felipe is a player who suits what we want to do,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “He has the characteristics and qualities that we look for in his position. We’re looking forward to getting the best out of Felipe.”

Felipe expressed delight about the contract extension. The former Montreal Impact midfielder has always been outspoken about wanting to continue his career in Canada.  

“For me, this means a lot because this club wants me to stay,” added Felipe. “Canada has always made my family feel at home, my son was born here and we hope to be in Vancouver for a long time. I want to help the club make history and do something special. I’m here to win.”

Meanwhile, Yordy Reyna has scored 13 goals and 15 assists in 37 starts and 50 appearances across all competitions since joining the Whitecaps in 2017. During that time, he tallied six game-winning goals and is already tied for third-most in the club’s MLS history.

“I’m very happy at this club and looking forward to another year in Vancouver,” Yordy Reyna said in an official club statement. “This is an important year, we have new players, new coaches, and I think it is going to be a very good season.”

Last season, the attacking midfielder was one of the highlights in what was otherwise a dire year for the Whitecaps. The Peruvian finished tied for fourth in MLS with 15 big chances created — two behind league leaders Miguel Almirón, Nicolas Lodeiro and Darwin Quintero, and level with league superstars Sebastian Giovinco and Carlos Vela.

Reyna’s 11 assists in 2018, which included four match-winning assists, was tied for the most on the team and fell just one short of matching the club’s single-season record set by Pedro Morales in 2014.

A native of Chiclayo, Peru, the 25-year old has two goals in 22 caps for his national team and has appeared in the last four matches for La Blanquirroja.

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