Vancouver keeps Camilo, but drops Rusin and Kobayashi

[MLS TRANSACTIONS] The Vancouver Whitecaps don't yet have a replacement for head coach Martin Rennie, but they have begun the process of shaping their 2014 roster, exercising contract options on 11 players, including MLS Golden Boot winner Camilo, and declining the options  on eight others.

Besides Camilo, who scored 22 goals in his third season in the league, Vancouver also picked up options on defenders Jordan Harvey and Carlyle Mitchell, midfielders Aminu Abdallah, Bryce Alderson, Gershon Koffie, Erik Hurtado, Nigel Reo-Coker, Russell Teibert and Matt Watson and oft-injured forward Omar Salgado.

Camilo won the scoring title with three goals in the 'Caps' final game, a 3-0 win over Colorado. From the starting lineup in that game, South Korean defender Lee Young-Pyo has retired, and Brad Rusin and Daigo Kobayashi did not have their options picked up.

The Whitecaps also declined the options on three goalkeepers, Joe Cannon, Brad Knighton and Simon Thomas, midfielder Jun Marques Davidson and forwards Tommy Heinemann and Corey Hertzog.

Vancouver president Bob Lenarduzzi said the 'Caps would discuss with several players the possibility of returning with restructured contracts.

The moves leave Vancouver with 19 players under contract.
1 comment about "Vancouver keeps Camilo, but drops Rusin and Kobayashi".
  1. Dave Wasser, November 29, 2013 at 8:27 a.m.

    Why did they dump Brad Rusin? He seemed like a good player. And he can't have been on that high of a salary.

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