Vancouver Whitecaps make moves with pair of homegrown players

Vancouver Whitecaps' Jeff Mallett speaks during a news conference at the MLS soccer team's training facility in Vancouver. (Darryl Dyck/CP)

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps are promoting a homegrown player and sending another young athlete out on loan.

The club added 17-year-old winger Kamron Habibullah to its first-team roster on Sunday, less than two weeks after he signed his first Major League Soccer contract.

Habbibullah was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan and raised in Vancouver, and joined the Whitecaps academy in 2016 as a 12 year old. He represented Canada at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Brazil.

The ‘Caps are also sending homegrown midfielder Damiano Pecile to the youth team of Italian Serie B Club Venezia on a one-year loan with an option to purchase.

Pecile, 19, joined Vancouver’s first team in February 2020 and made his MLS debut in the ‘Caps season finale on Nov. 8.

Hailing from Burnaby, B.C., Pecile joined the club’s academy program as a 13 year old in 2015 and has represented Canada at the youth level.

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