VANCOUVER, B.C — The career of a footballer can take you anywhere around the world. Saturday afternoon it will take Vancouver Whitecaps FC defender Scott Sutter back to Florida, a place he called home the last two years.
Sutter, 32, spent the 2017 and 2018 Major League Soccer seasons playing for Orlando City SC, which declined his contract option at the end of last season. He then signed with Whitecaps FC Jan. 30. Saturday’s match offers more than just three points for Sutter, who said there’s a little extra motivation taking on his former team for the first time.
“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t,” Sutter told Pro Soccer USA before Vancouver traveled to Orlando. “As soon as I knew that we were playing away in Orlando, I was excited about it. I’m looking forward to going back. I haven’t been back since the move. It’s definitely something to look forward to, seeing a few guys that I’m still in touch with. I’m seeing a few friends and family as well.”
In 51 MLS appearances during two seasons with Orlando City SC, Sutter contributed four goals, and six assists. The Swiss international has a close bond with several former teammates, including striker Dom Dwyer.
And even though he is on the West Coast now, Sutter makes time to keep up with his former club.
“I always look out, keep an eye on the results,” Sutter said. “I spent two good years at Orlando. The club was good to me. The people were good to me. I keep in touch with my friends that are still playing there.”
It has been an unforgettable 2 years here in Orlando, both on and off the pitch. I have cherished every moment i was able to wear purple and would like to thank everyone for the incredible support you have given me throughout and for making my wife and I feel at home here….. pic.twitter.com/TMvyY9qk2F
— Scott Sutter (@scott_sutter) November 28, 2018
Sutter isn’t the only one making his Orlando return Saturday. Whitecaps winger Victor “PC’ Giro was traded to Vancouver by the Lions Dec. 8.
It’s always great to see familiar faces, but once the match kicks off, Sutter will be locked in and focused on helping his new team earn a massive road result.
Whitecaps FC (1-4-2, 5-points) will look to continue building confidence after Wednesday’s 1-0 win over LAFC.
“I’m looking forward to going back there, especially off the back of a great win against LAFC,” Sutter said of Orlando. “Hopefully we can take that momentum into that game.
“The main thing is that we go there with the idea of winning.”