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VANCOUVER – UBC Thunderbirds men’s soccer player Chris Serban has been added to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 roster ahead of the team’s inaugural season in the United Soccer League (USL).

Serban, 19, returns to the club after playing one season at the University of British Columbia (UBC) under head coach Mike Mosher. During his first season of college soccer, Serban won the Lou Bilek award as Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Rookie of the Year after helping the Thunderbirds to the fewest goals conceded in the Canada West conference.

A native of Calgary, Serban joined the Whitecaps FC Residency program in February 2014 after playing with Calgary Chinooks. During the 2013-14 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) U-18 season, the 5-foot-10 defender started all 15 matches he appeared in for the Blue and White, helping the ‘Caps to second place in the Northwest Division. In addition to his time in the Residency program, Serban also started 11 matches for Whitecaps FC U-23 in the United Soccer Leagues (USL) Premier Development League (PDL).

Internationally, Serban has made eight appearances for the Canadian U-20 men’s national team, including starting all five matches for his country at the recent 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. He was the only Canadian player to play every minute of every match in the tournament.

UBC will host the Whitecaps FC 2 in a preseason match at Thunderbird Stadium on Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m.

– with files from Vancouver Whitecaps FC