VANCOUVER, BC — The Vancouver Whitecaps have sold Canadian national team defender Doneil Henry to South Korean side Suwon Samsung Bluewings, the club announced Wednesday.
There was no statement on the transfer fee, but club sources told Pro Soccer USA that the Whitecaps will retain a percentage of any future transfer fee, should Suwon sell him.
“We worked closely with Doneil and his agent, we explored a number of options, and at this time all parties agreed that this was the best path,” Vancouver Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos said in a statement. “The General Allocation Money we received from this transfer will provide some additional roster flexibility as we continue to build our roster.”
The 26-year-old Henry was acquired by the Whitecaps via the Major League Soccer Allocation Process in December 2017. Over his two seasons with the Whitecaps, Henry made 39 appearances and scored four goals in MLS play. The defender also made five starts in the Canadian Championship.
It was not the only transaction made by the Whitecaps on Wednesday. The club also announced that they would not exercise the 2020 contract option for Brazilian winger Victor “PC” Giro. The Brazilian was acquired from Orlando City last December and had 18 appearances for the club in MLS and one start in the Canadian Championship last season.
“We are thankful for the contributions Doneil and PC made on and off the pitch during their time in Vancouver, and we wish them all the best,” Dos Santos said.
Finally, the club also announced that they were in continued discussions to bring back Érik Godoy and Michaell Chirinos. Godoy, from Argentine side Colón, and Chirinos, from Olimpia, spent last season on loan from the Whitecaps.