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Vancouver Whitecaps add depth, draft Georgetown centerback Brendan McDonough

Brendan McDonough looks to kick the ball downfield during the Adidas MLS Soccer Combine at Orlando City SC Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired some much-needed depth in the back by drafting Georgetown University centerback Brendan McDonough in the second round (35th overall) of the 2019 MLS SuperDraft on Friday.

The 22-year-old McDonough made 56 starts in 63 appearances at Georgetown, collecting two goals and two assists while serving as captain in the last two seasons.

As a senior, McDonough was named to the USC All-East Region Second Team and the All-Big East Conference Second Team after he helped Georgetown to a league-best 10 clean sheets on the season. The 6-foot-2 defender helped the Hoyas to three Big East Tournament titles in his four years, scoring the game-winner in last year’s championship game. 

“We knew at the 35th pick, we had to pick the best player possible, and he was always No. 1 for us in that type of round. We’re happy with that pick,” Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos told journalists at the draft.

Hailing from Matthews, N.C., he played three years for Charlotte Catholic High School, while spending his junior year in Germany training with Regionalliga Nord side FT Braunschweig and the current Liga 3 side Eintracht Braunschweig.

The Vancouver Whitecaps lost captain Kendall Waston after trading the defender to expansion franchise FC Cincinnati on Dec. 11. The club also parted ways with José Aja, Aaron Maund and Roberto Domínguez.

As a result, Doneil Henry is the only centerback under contract in Vancouver’s first team. In Brendan McDonough, the Whitecaps hope to help address some shortcomings in the club’s backline.

McDonough did not attend the draft and was not available for any comments. 

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