MLS Moves: 'Caps part ways with Rivero

An MLS career that started brightly only to fizzle out has come to a conclusion.

Vancouver has transferred Uruguayan striker Octavio Rivero to Chilean club Colo Colo. According to a team statement the ‘Caps will receive a portion of any transfer fee should Colo Colo sell him to another club. He formerly played for O’Higgins in the Chilean league.

Rivero was not included in the Caps' squad last weekend for a game Vancouver lost, 2-0, to the Galaxy. He hadn't played since being suspended for one game by the MLS Disciplinary Committee in early June  for accidentally kicking Dynamo keeper Tyler Deric in the head as they vied for a 50-50 ball. That incident and others prompted head coach Carl Robinson to bemoan a lack of discipline in some players.

“We thank Octavio for his contributions and wish him all the best in Chile,” said Robinson in the team statement. “We have built a solid foundation, and this move gives us flexibility moving forward as we continue to look to strengthen our roster for both the short and long term.”

Rivero, 24, signed with the Whitecaps in December, 2014 and scored a goal in each of his first three MLS games the following March. He finished the 2015 season with 10 goals while playing all 34 games (30 starts).

This season he suffered a sprained ankle that forced him to miss two games, and he couldn’t hold down a regular starting spot while competing for time with Kekuta Manneh and former FC Dallas striker Blas Perez on the depth chart. He scored two goals in 12 league games (nine starts). 

 

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