HOW ACQUIRED: Transferred from Daejon Citizen FC and signed as a Young Designated Player to a two-year contract with two option years on Jan. 30, 2019.
Hwang is one of the top up-and-coming midfielders in Asia who made an immediate impact in the Whitecaps midfield in 2019.
INTERNATIONAL: After featuring for his national team at the U-17, U-20, and U-23 levels and winning the gold medal at the 2018 Asian Games, the 5-foot-10 midfielder made his senior international debut for South Korea in September 2018. Hwang opened his senior national team account with a goal versus Panama the following month and now has 23 caps under his belt. Most recently, Hwang appeared in all five of South Korea’s matches at this month’s 2019 AFC Asian Cup, where he was listed as one of the 10 best young stars to watch at the competition.
OUTSIDE MLS: Hwang has spent his entire club career to date in the Korean first and second divisions, appearing in more than 100 matches and earning three consecutive Best XI selections in K League 2. A native of Daejeon, South Korea, Hwang came through the youth system of his hometown club Daejeon Citizen FC before joining the first team in 2015. He made 81 starts in 88 league appearances for Daejeon, scoring 15 goals, while competing in K League 1 in 2015 and K League 2 from 2016 through 2018. He also had a stint with K League 2 side Asan Mugunghwa FC in 2018, scoring a goal in 13 starts and 18 league appearances, before returning to Daejeon to finish the year.