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Vancouver Whitecaps sign defender Bjørn Inge Utvik

Bjørn Inge Utvik - Vancouver Whitecaps transfer


Vancouver Whitecaps FC have signed Norwegian center back Bjørn Inge Utvik through the 2025 MLS season with an option for 2026, the club announced Tuesday.

A former Norway youth international, the 27-year-old has spent the entirety of his career in his native country – most recently at top-flight side Sarpsborg 08, where he posted 8g/6a in 136-all competition appearances from 2018-23.

"We are excited to welcome Bjørn and his family to the club and city," Vancouver sporting director Axel Schuster said in a release.

"Bjørn brings a lot of experience and leadership to our group. In addition to being aggressive in the air, he wins a lot of duels overall and he is also comfortable on the ball in possession."

Utvik provides depth for a Vancouver center-back core that features Ranko Veselinović, Tristan Blackmon and Mathías Laborda.

The Whitecaps officially return to competition on Feb. 7 against Mexican side Tigres UANL in the Concacaf Champions Cup. Their MLS campaign starts on March 2 vs. Charlotte FC (7:30 pm ET | MLS Season Pass).