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Vancouver Whitecaps acquire Crépeau, McMath and Giro

Jul 18, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Ottawa Fury FC keeper Maxime Crepeau (16) kicks the ball in the first half of their game against Toronto FC at TD Place Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

It has been a busy day for the Vancouver Whitecaps, who announced four transactions made during Sunday’s half-day trade window. 

First, the Vancouver Whitecaps acquired goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau from the Montreal Impact for $50,000 of Targeted Allocation Money (TAM) and Vancouver’s natural third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. Second, they acquired goalkeeper Zac MacMath from the Colorado Rapids for midfielder Nicolás Mezquida and $100,000 TAM. Then, the Whitecaps acquired Victor “PC” Giro from Orlando City SC for Vancouver’s natural third-round pick in the 2019 MLS SuperDraft. 

And finally, the Whitecaps traded Spencer Richey to expansion club FC Cincinnati for the club’s third-round pick in the 2020 MLS SuperDraft. 

“We are excited to add Max, PC and Zac to our group,” said head coach Marc Dos Santos. “All three players have an incredible mentality and team spirit. They are extremely motivated to showcase their abilities and help improve our club. Today is an important step in building our roster; however, it is only the start of the process as we look to next season and beyond.”

Crépeau joins the Whitecaps after an impressive season with the Ottawa Fury, where he recorded a USL single-season record of 15 clean sheets in 31 appearances. The 23-year-old was voted the USL goalkeeper of the year in 2018. A Canadian international, Crépeau is a product of the Montreal Impact youth academy and has made three starts for the club that owned his MLS rights.

Crépeau is now expected to challenge newly-acquired Zac MacMath for the starting role between the posts. MacMath spent the last four seasons at the Colorado Rapids where he earned 10 clean sheets in 41 appearances across all competitions. 

Born in St. Petersburg, Fla., the 27-year-old MacMath first broke into the league playing for the Philadelphia Union eight years ago and had earned 39 clean sheets in 152 appearances in Major League Soccer, the U.S. Open Cup and the Concacaf Champions League. 

Meanwhile, wingback PC Giro joined the Whitecaps after playing two seasons with Orlando City. A youth product of the São Paulo based club Corinthians PC Giro has played in Portugal for Belenenses and the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the NASL before joining Orlando City two seasons ago. 

While Dos Santos expressed excitement about the new arrivals, he was also quick to thank Mezquida and Richey for their services to the club. 

“We are thankful for the contributions Nico and Spencer made during their time in Vancouver, and we wish them all the best,” he said.

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