VANCOUVER Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that goalkeeper Mark Village and midfielders Victor Blasco and Sahil Sandhu have been added to the club’s inaugural Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) roster for the 2015 United Soccer League (USL) season. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.
“We’re very pleased to add three more promising young players to the roster ahead of our inaugural match on Sunday,” said WFC2 Head Coach Alan Koch. “Mark and Sahil are both talented local players and Victor is a very skilled Spanish player who grew up playing in the FC Barcelona academy. Each of them has worked hard to earn this opportunity.”
* PACWEST Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012
* One season on loan from WFC to German Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus
* Represented Canada at U-15 and U-17 national team levels
* Position: Midfielder
* Height: 5-10
* Weight: 165
* Date of Birth: January 5, 1991 in Amritsar, India
* Status: Domestic
Sandhu, 24, returns to the club after spending three seasons playing at Douglas College. During his time with the Royals, Sandhu was named PACWEST Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012, as well as a CCAA All-Canadian.
A native of Surrey, Sandhu graduated through the Whitecaps FC Residency program. In 2009, the midfielder was loaned from Whitecaps FC to the U-19 academy of German Bundesliga club Energie Cottbus.
In his youth, Sandhu played with Whitecaps FC in the Super Y-League, and in 2004 won a North American championship with the club, scoring the game winning goal in the championship final.
At the PDL level, Sandhu played one season with Whitecaps FC U-23 in 2009 and one season with Victoria Highlanders FC in 2013.
Internationally, Sandhu has been called up to Canadian youth national teams at the U-15 and U-17 levels.
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