Whitecaps FC add Salvadoran international defender Roberto Domínguez

The 21-year old centre back joins Vancouver having last played with Primera División side Santa Tecla FC

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Whitecaps acquire Salvadoran defender Roberto Dominguez

Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Friday the addition of Salvadoran international centre back Roberto Domínguez.

Domínguez, 21, has agreed to an MLS contract for the remainder of 2018, with club options through 2021. He will occupy an international roster spot and officially join the club’s roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate, work permit, and medical examinations.

In June, the defender participated in a week-long trial in Vancouver and prior to the close of the international transfer window on August 8, Domínguez and Santa Tecla FC mutually agreed to terminate his contract. Domínguez is scheduled to arrive in Vancouver on Saturday.

Whitecaps FC centre back Roberto Domínguez

  • 136 appearances in the Salvadoran Primera División with Juventud Independiente and Santa Tecla
  • Won 2016-17 Apertura, Clausura, and Copa El Salvador titles with Santa Tecla
  • 15 caps with El Salvador
  • Previously participated in a week-long trial with WFC in June

“We have kept tabs on Roberto for a while now and have been impressed with how he has progressed in El Salvador,” said head coach Carl Robinson. “He has potential and we are excited to add him to the group.”

Domínguez began his professional career in the Salvadoran Primera División, making his debut with CD Juventud Independiente in 2014, then has featured with Santa Tecla FC since 2015.

In four plus seasons, Domínguez has made 136 appearances in league play. The 5-foot-10 centre back also saw Concacaf League and Concacaf Champions League action for Santa Tecla, making seven appearances.

Domínguez was a member of the 2016-17 Santa Tecla side that won both the Apertura and Clausura titles, as well as the Copa El Salvador, the top knockout football tournament in the country.

“I am thankful to the club for this opportunity,” said Domínguez. “I enjoyed my week in Vancouver last June and I am very happy to officially join this team. It is a dream come true.”

Born in Chalatenango, Domínguez has made 15 appearances for El Salvador, and was on the La Selecta roster for the 2017 Concacaf Gold Cup. He has also featured for the youth national team, most recently for the U-21 side in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games.

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