Vancouver Whitecaps has announced the transfer of promising player Simon Becher to the Danish team AC Horsens, competing in the second division of Danish soccer. The move raises questions about the club's development strategy and market needs.
Becher, a first-round pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft, leaves behind an impressive stint with the Vancouver Whitecaps, contributing 8 goals and 2 assists in 26 games across various competitions. His upward trajectory, starting in the MLS NEXT Pro squad, culminated in a promotion to the first team.
Axel Schuster, Vancouver's sporting director, praised Becher's remarkable development, attributing part of the success to integration with the MLS NEXT Pro squad. However, the decision to transfer him raises the crucial question: Is this move more a part of the club's development strategy or a response to the growing demands of the market?
With Becher's departure, the Vancouver Whitecaps find themselves needing to adjust their roster. Brian White and Levonte Johnson emerge as the primary attacking options, but the team now faces the task of filling the gap left by the young talent.
The transfer also leaves Vancouver with an open spot for a Designated Player, signaling potential moves in the market to strengthen the squad before the start of the competitive season.
Vancouver Whitecaps, set to face Tigres UANL on February 7 in the Concacaf Champions Cup, will have the opportunity to test their new lineup before the regular season kicks off on March 2 against Charlotte FC.