The Canadian franchise has decided to make a move before the end of the transfer window, trading for Jamaican forward Giles Barnes from the Houston Dynamo:
The Dynamo will receive general allocation money and the negotiation rights for Costa Rican defender
Houston Dynamo trades Giles Barnes to Vancouver Whitecaps for general allocation $ and negotiating rights to Costa Rican D Keyner Brown— Steven Goff (@SoccerInsider) July 31, 2016
Even better, Houston will retain a percentage of any transfer fee if Barnes moves outside the MLS.
The 27-year-old is not a center forward like Rivero, but he can add pace and skill on either flank. It's still pretty early, but it seems his skill set should complement nicely with some of the other Vancouver attackers such as
"We'd like to thank Giles for all of his contributions both on and off the field during his time in Houston and we wish him well," said Dynamo vice president and general manager Matt Jordan.
JORDAN: "We’d like to thank Giles for all of his contributions both on and off the field … and we wish him well." pic.twitter.com/ya3B32Oa2T— Houston Dynamo (@HoustonDynamo) July 31, 2016
"We felt this move was in the best interest of our club moving forward, providing us with valuable roster and budget flexibility while bringing in valuable assets both in the short and long term.