Marcel de Jong
HOW ACQUIRED: Signed on July 11, 2016.
A left back versatile enough to play in the midfield, de Jong arrived in Vancouver during the 2016 summer transfer window. The Canadian boasts previous MLS experience after playing for Sporting Kansas City in 2015, and has spent time abroad for clubs like German outfit FC Augsburg and Dutch side Roda JC. The veteran has also suited up for the Ottawa Fury of the NASL.
INTERNATIONAL: De Jong has made 45 appearances for Canada's national team since making his debut at age 21 in 2007, and has scored three goals. He has also represented Canada in four consecutive CONCACAF Gold Cups, and three World Cup qualifying campaigns.
OUTSIDE MLS: A dual citizen of Canada and Netherlands, de Jong began his youth career with PSV Eindhoven before signing professionally with Helmond Sport in 2004. After two years in the Dutch second division – and scoring against Italy at the 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands – de Jong joined Roda JC in the top flight Eredivisie in 2006. De Jong made the move to Germany in 2010, signing for FC Augsburg. His initial season with FCA culminated with promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time since the team was founded in 1907 and the club maintained first division status while he was there. He joined the Ottawa Fury of the NASL during its Spring Season in 2016.