February 26, 2014, VANCOUVER, BC (ISN) – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club have traded future considerations to Toronto FC in exchange for Young Designated Player Matias Laba. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Matías is a promising young talent and we are excited to have him join our club,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “He is a hard, aggressive player who brings a lot of energy to the pitch and although he is only 22, he is a natural leader on the field.”
Whitecaps FC defensive midfielder Matías Laba
– Represented Argentina at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia
– Played 1,414 minutes in 16 starts last season with Toronto FC
– Made 72 appearances in all competitions over three seasons with Argentinos Juniors of the Argentine Primera División
Laba, 22, joins Whitecaps FC following one season with Toronto FC. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound midfielder started all 16 of his appearances and scored his first MLS goal, a game-winner, against New England Revolution on August 4. The Argentine will be eligible to play for Vancouver in all official matches against Toronto FC.
Prior to his move to Canada, Laba made 72 appearances in all competitions over three seasons with Argentina’s Primera División side Argentinos Juniors.
Internationally, the native of Villa Raffo, Argentina represented his country at the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia. He appeared in all five of Argentina’s matches, which saw La Albiceleste lose in a shootout in the quarter-finals against Portugal.
Pronunciation: Mah-tee-as Lab-ahh
Position: Defensive midfielder
Weight: 155 pounds
Date of Birth: December 11, 1991, in Villa Raffo, Argentina
Hometown: Villa Raffo, Argentina
Previous Club: Toronto FC (MLS)
How Acquired: Acquired from Toronto FC for future considerations on February 26, 2014
TRANSACTION: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (MLS) – Acquired midfielder Matías Laba from Toronto FC for future considerations.