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Vancouver Whitecaps sign Dutch attacker Marvin Emnes

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Vancouver Whitecaps FC are just one point below the playoff line and on Thursday they enhanced their attack as they look to return to the playoffs.

Vancouver announced the signing of Dutch attacker Marvin Emnes on Thursday, signing him to a contract for the remainder of the 2018 season along with club options through 2020. He will occupy an international roster spot and officially join the club's roster pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate and medical examinations.

"Marvin is a quick attacking player who's comfortable on either wing and as striker," said head coach Carl Robinson in a club statement. "He's dangerous one-v-one and his experience will be valuable in our locker room. He will be another option to our attack as we push for a playoff spot."

Emnes brings over 12 years of experience in Europe, recording 50 goals in 301 appearances in his native country's top flight Eredivisie, the English Premier League and Football League Championship, and most recently the Turkish Süper Lig.

"It means a lot to me to get the chance to play in MLS, and to experience that with a club like Vancouver Whitecaps FC after my years in Europe," said Emnes. "I'd like to thank the coach for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to working with the players and staff, as well as playing in front of the fans. Let's get to work and push for the playoffs."

Emnes, 30, began his professional career with Sparta Rotterdam in 2005, spending three Eredivisie seasons after developing in his hometown club's academy program. He transferred to England in 2008, first with Middlesbrough FC, then Swansea City AFC, and Blackburn Rovers FC, featuring in both the Premier League and Championship for nine years. He made the move to Turkey in 2017 for a spell with Süper Lig club Akhisar Belediyespor.

The 30-year-old will try to break into a front four that is currently occupied by Yordy Reyna, Alphonso Davies, Cristian Techera and Kei Kamara.

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