MLS News: Vancouver Whitecaps sign Argentinian defender

Caps Get Their Man

In an interesting development, new Vancouver Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie has signed a namesake in Argentinian defender Martin Bonjour to shore up the back line.

The relatively unknown South American comes with some interesting credentials. He stands a stout six feet and three inches, providing an impressive physical presence.

Most importantly, he started his career playing for the Olimpo football club and its system in the Argentinian top tier Primera Division, where many of the most dangerous forwards in world soccer in the modern game started their careers.

That list includes players such as Manchester City’s Carlos Tevez and Sergio Aguero, as well as Gonzalo Higuain of Real Madrid.

Martin Bonjour

Whitecaps sign Argentinian defender Martin Bonjour

The Argentine has also found playing experience in Uruguay, Poland and Peru, where salaries often provide a more lucrative living than in Argentina, a country which has suffered greatly from economic turmoil the past few years.

Bonjour’s international background has exposed him to a range of playing styles and could be very beneficial to the Whitecaps.

A look at his playing record also reveals that he has developed an improving eye for goal in addition to his defensive role, potting 5 goals in 52 appearances with Rampla Juniors of the Uruguayan senior league.

Rampla has traditionally ranked as the third best team behind the powerhouse duo of Penarol and Nacional in Uruguay’s Primera Division.

Next to the disorganized midfield, the defence required the greatest amount of help. Rennie’s move for Bonjour following the acquisition of Lee Young-Pyo demonstrates that he is thoughtfully working to emphasize experience and composure in the back four.

Tomorrow, we will take a look at Thursday’s MLS Superdraft of US college players where Vancouver holds the second overall pick.


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