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Whitecaps acquire Brazilian M Caio Alexandre

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The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired Brazilian midfielder Caio Alexandre on Friday.

The 22-year-old, who joined the MLS club on a transfer from Brazil’s Botafogo FR, has agreed to a four-year contract through 2024. He will occupy an international roster slot.

“We are very pleased to welcome Caio Alexandre, who embraced our vision here in Vancouver, despite him also having offers from clubs in Brazil,” Whitecaps CEO and sporting director Axel Schuster said in a release. “We are building a young, energetic team with a very clear identity and expectation. In his young age, he has already proven he can perform in one of the top 10 leagues in the world. The calendar will be very demanding this year and adding a player with Caio’s qualities will only improve our group.”

Alexandre joins Vancouver after scoring five goals during his first professional season in Brazil’s Serie A.

“Caio Alexandre has the volume and technical ability that will add a different dimension to our team,” Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos said. “He has the characteristics of a box-to-box midfielder who works extremely hard on both ends of the pitch. We’ve been following him closely for some time as he fits the profile we wanted to add to our group. We are very happy to have him join our club.”

With his addition, the Whitecaps have 18 players 23 or younger among their 30 players under contract for 2021. They open the regular season against the rival Portland Timbers on April 18.

“I would like to say to the fans, I am extremely happy to join this great club and I will always do my best to bring joy to the faces of all of you,” Alexandre said.

–Field Level Media

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