Vancouver trade Sanna Nyassi to Colorado

Sanna Nyassi, Seattle

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NEW YORK – After making Sanna Nyassi their top pick in the
2010 Expansion Draft, the Vancouver Whitecaps turned around and shipped the
Gambian to the Colorado Rapids in exchange for an international roster slot.

The 21-year-old Nyassi had a breakthrough season in his
second year with the Seattle Sounders, highlighted by both goals in the US Open
Cup championship match against the Columbus Crew in October. He was a starter
on the right wing over the final six matches of the regular season for Seattle.

Nyassi will join the defending MLS Cup champions, who have featured
Brian Mullan at right midfield and the platoon of Scottish veteran Jamie Smith and
Wells Thompson on the left.

The trade was the second of the day in which Vancouver picked
up an international slot in exchange for a player selected in the Expansion
Draft. The Whitecaps also sent Alan Gordon and Alejandro Moreno to Chivas USA
in exchange for an international slot and allocation money.

With the two trades, Vancouver now has 10 international
slots while Colorado is down to six open slots.

“The players we did acquire [via the Expansion Draft] all
have MLS experience and I’m sure they could have done a job for us,” Whitecaps
FC President Bob Lenarduzzi said. “But we were looking for additional allocation and felt
that it was more important at this point in terms of the additional players we’re
looking to sign.

“Similarly the international spots were something that we
also felt that if we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of rounding out
the roster, they gave us
more options than the certainty of the [Expansion Draft] players.”

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