The Province

Too many internatio­nals

- — Marc Weber

Wednesday’s trade for Argentine defensive midfielder Matias Laba makes it 13 internatio­nal players signed to MLS contracts in Vancouver.

South African Ethen Sampson, who played for the reserves last season, is also close to signing as cover for right-back Steven Beitashour, while the Whitecaps are also close to completing a move for an experience­d internatio­nal playmaker.

That will make it 15 internatio­nals, and the Caps have 11 internatio­nal (non North American) roster spots. MLS teams have to be roster compliant by March 1.

Teams can trade for more internatio­nal spots (each club started with eight), but here’s how the Caps are likely to get down to 11 without a deal:

Jamaican Darren Mattocks is awaiting word on his green card, and the league could give the Caps a break if Mattocks is close to domestic status;

Ghanaian midfielder Aminu Abdallah is sorting out his visa situation and will be loaned to the Charleston Battery if the paperwork comes through;

The Caps could loan two more MLS-signed internatio­nals to Charleston: seventh-overall pick Andre Lewis from Jamaica, and Senegalese forward Mamadou Diouf, a second-round pick out of the University of Connecticu­t.

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