11 early surprise standout players for the 2021 MLS season
The early days of the 2021 Major League Soccer season have seen an unusual amount of spotlight displays from players who seemingly came out of nowhere.
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on January 16, 2020 through 2021 with a club option for 2022 and 2023
Gutierrez is a Canadian-born left back who has represented Chile at the youth national team level. He made seven starts in 12 appearances in his first year in MLS, finishing with a two-assist outing in the season finale. Per 90 minutes, Gutiérrez paced Whitecaps FC in touches and interceptions, while landing in the top 15 among MLS defenders in chances created.
INTERNATIONAL: Having moved to Santiago, Chile at age three, Gutiérrez played for Chile at the 2017 CONMEBOL Sudamericano U-20, starting in each of La Rojita’s four matches. The Greenfield Park, Quebec native received his first Canada MNT call-up in 2021.
OUTSIDE MLS: The 5-foot-11 defender developed through the youth ranks at Colo-Colo and eventually made his professional debut with the club in 2015. He has played five seasons in the Chilean Primera División, including stints with Unión Española in 2017, and Huachipato in 2017-18. Over that span, he played in 52 league matches, in addition to 26 appearances in the Copa Chile.
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