Whitecaps gear up for 2011

[MLS] Gone are the days an MLS expansion team waits until the expansion draft and picks up the scraps its new rivals throw at it. In the last two days, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of four players to their D-2 Pro League roster, upping the number of acquisitions in recent weeks to 10. The Caps will have the right of first refusal to sign all but one of them to MLS contracts next season.

In the last two days, the Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of four players their D-2 Pro League roster to whom they will have the right of first refusal to sign to MLS contracts next season.

The signings include Cody Arnoux, who skipped his senior season at Premier League club Everton but never made the first team.

Other signings were former Real Salt Lake defender Willis Forko, who spent the last two seasons in Norway with FK Bodo/Glimt.

Canadian-born Swiss international defender Alain Rochat will join the Caps from FC Zurich, for which he won two Swiss Super League titles, in January, while Swiss midfielder Davide Chiumiento, who played three seasons with FC Lucerne, will join the team for the remainder of the D2 season.

Other recent signings:

-- American forwards Omar Salgado, the 16-year-old signed out of El Paso, Texas, on loan to Vancouver pending his assignment in 2011 SuperDraft;

THURSDAY UPDATE: The loan move fell through because Salgado, whose transfer certificate is held by Mexican club Guadalajara, is ineligible to move to move to Canada, according to FIFA rules.

-- Canadian midfielder Terry Dunfield, signed from Shrewsbury Town in England's League Two.

-- Canadian midfielder Kyle Porter, who returned to the Caps after playing on loan to FC Energie Cottbus of the German second division.

-- Cameroonian midfielder Alex Morfaw, who recently played for Bodens BK of Sweden's third division.

-- Costa Rican forward Jonathan McDonald, scored eight goals in 10 appearances last season with Costa Rican club Herediano.

-- Congolese midfielder Ridge Mobulu, who played for FC Lausanne-Sport in Switzerland.

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