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Whitecaps sign Salvadoran centre-back Roberto Domínguez from Santa Tecla

Roberto Dominguez of El Salvador's Santa Tecla, front, controls the ball as Jordan Morris, of Seattle Sounders, runs behind during a CONCACAF Champions League match in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Salvador Melendez)

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of Salvadorian defender Roberto Domínguez from the El Salvador based club Santa Tecla FC.

Domínguez had spent a week on trial with the Whitecaps. Prior to going on trial in Vancouver, his contract was terminated in Salvador. As result, the Whitecaps can complete the transfer even though the window closed on Aug. 8. 

The 21-year-old defender will arrive in Vancouver on Saturday and is expected to sign a contract that will keep him at the club for the remainder of the 2018 season, with a club option through 2021. 

“We have kept tabs on Roberto for a while now and have been impressed with how he has progressed in El Salvador,” coach Carl Robinson said. “He has potential and we are excited to add him to the group.”

“I am thankful to the club for this opportunity,” Domínguez responded. “I enjoyed my week in Vancouver last June and I am very happy to officially join this team. It is a dream come true.”

Born in Chalatenango, Domínguez has played 15 games for El Salvador’s national team. The 5-foot-10 defender was also part of the 2016-17 Santa Tecla side that won the Apertura, Clausura and Copa El Salvador. 

Making his debut for CD Juventud in 2014, Domínguez joint Santa Tecla in 2015 and has played 136 Salvadorian Primera División combined for both clubs. Furthermore, Domínguez also made seven appearances in the Concacaf Champions League. 

The Whitecaps have struggled defensively as of late. Furthermore, José Aja continued absence and with both Doneil Henry and Aaron Maund struggling at times this season bringing in another defender made sense for the Whitecaps. 

Whether Domínguez will have an instant impact remains to be seen, however. The defender has not played competitive club football since terminating his contract in El Salvador.

His last competitive game was on July 25, with the El Salvadorian national team at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games. El Salvador were eliminated following a 3-0 defeat on matchday 3 of the group stage. 

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