Whitecaps FC Add Goalkeeper Spencer Richey and Striker Kyle Greig to MLS Roster

VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has signed goalkeeper Spencer Richey and striker Kyle Greig to MLS contracts for 2017, with options for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Monday that the club has signed goalkeeper Spencer Richey and striker Kyle Greig to MLS contracts for 2017, with options for 2018, 2019, and 2020.

The duo joins defender/midfielder Brett Levis and midfielder Alphonso Davies as players who have made the move to the first team roster from Whitecaps FC 2.

“Kyle and Spencer have both worked exceptionally hard to earn their opportunities with the first team,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “Their mentality and work rate have been excellent, and will serve them well as they continue to progress.”

Spencer Richey – Whitecaps FC goalkeeper

  • Led Whitecaps FC 2 with eight wins, 57 saves, and a 0.704 save percentage in 17 starts in net in 2016, including playoffs
  • Recorded wins in each of his two CONCACAF Champions League starts, registering a clean sheet in his first-team debut versus Central FC on August 2
  • Third round (61st overall) selection from the University of Washington in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft

Richey, 24, led WFC2 goalkeepers with eight wins, 57 saves, and a 0.704 save percentage in 17 starts in 2016, including all three playoffs matches. He finished his second USL season with an 8W-5L-4D overall record and a 1.41 goals-against average.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Richey recorded wins in each of his two CONCACAF Champions League starts with the first team. He registered a five-save clean sheet in his first-team debut versus Trinidad and Tobago side Central FC on August 2, just four days after setting a WFC2 single-match record with nine saves against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC. In his second Champions League start at Sporting Kansas City on September 13, Richey backstopped the ‘Caps to a historic 2-1 victory that clinched their place in February’s quarterfinals.

The Seattle, Washington native was selected by Whitecaps FC in the third round (61st overall) of the 2015 MLS SuperDraft after five years with the University of Washington, including one medical redshirt season.

Kyle Greig – Whitecaps FC striker

  • Team-leading 13 goals with Whitecaps FC 2 in 2016, including playoffs
  • Captained WFC2 to the Western Conference final
  • Made four first-team appearances in 2016, assisting on the added-time CONCACAF Champions League match-winner at Sporting Kansas City on September 13
  • 35 goals and seven assists in 106 total appearances in four USL seasons

Greig, 26, joins the first team after tallying a team-high 13 goals, in addition to three assists, for Whitecaps FC 2 in 2016, including playoffs. The 6-foot-2 captain started 28 of his 30 overall USL appearances, helping guide WFC2 to a 15-point improvement in the regular season and a Western Conference Final finish, while playing every minute in the playoffs and scoring a goal in each of their two postseason wins.

Hailing from Olathe, Kansas, Greig made his first-team debut in the international friendly against Crystal Palace FC on July 19. He then made three substitute CONCACAF Champions League appearances, assisting on the added-time winner in his homecoming at Sporting Kansas City on September 13. The away win over Sporting KC helped the ‘Caps clinch their first-ever quarterfinal berth.

Greig began his professional career in 2013 with Wilmington Hammerheads FC, before spending two seasons with Oklahoma City Energy FC. He has totaled 35 goals and seven assists in 106 appearances in his four USL seasons, including two trips to the Western Conference Final.

In addition, Greig scored three goals in three U.S. Open Cup appearances with Oklahoma City and Wilmington.

Spencer Richey
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-01
Weight: 195
Date of Birth: May 30, 1992 in Seattle, Washington
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Citizenship: USA
Status: Domestic
Last team: Whitecaps FC 2 (USL: ’15-’16)
How Acquired: Signed MLS contract on Monday, December 19, 2016
Kyle Greig
Position: Striker
Height: 6-02
Weight: 185
Date of Birth: February 22, 1990 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
Citizenship: USA
Status: Domestic
Last team: Whitecaps FC 2 (USL: ’16)
How Acquired: Signed MLS contract on Monday, December 19, 2016

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