Whitecaps bolster central defensive depth with Bonjour

New Vancouver signing Martin Bonjour

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The Vancouver Whitecaps spent much of their inaugural year in MLS making do with a patchwork backline thanks to a seemingly endless series of injuries. That meant adding depth – especially at center back – was one of the top priorities heading into the offseason.

On Friday, they did just that, signing Argentine Martín Bonjour – pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and visa – a 6-foot-3 behemoth who has experience both in South America and Europe.

“Martín is a powerful, aggressive central defender who is good in the air and comfortable on the ball,” Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said in a press release. “He adds additional quality to our defensive side and brings plenty of South American top-flight experience.”

Most of that experience came in the Uruguayan Primera División, where the 26-year-old played in 96 matches primarily with Rampia Juniors. Bonjour scored six goals in that time, and is an obvious target on set pieces.

“I am delighted to join Vancouver Whitecaps FC and embark on this new and exciting stage of my career in North America,” said Bonjour in the press release. “I have heard many good things about Whitecaps FC and Major League Soccer, and plan to make an important contribution to my new club this season. I’m also looking forward to my new life in Canada and the beautiful city of Vancouver.”

Bonjour will join a Whitecaps defense that includes, among others, World Cup veterans Jay DeMerit (USA) and Young-Pyo Lee (South Korea).