22 Under 22: Who are midseason frontrunners?
With Leagues Cup entering its final rounds, I’ve found time to pick my head up, take a breath and put the microscope on this year’s crop of 22 Under 22 presented by BODYARMOR hopefuls.
A young Ecuadorian midfielder with plenty of potential, Pedro Vite joined Whitecaps FC in August 2021 from Ecuadorian first division side Independiente Del Valle.
Vite agreed to an MLS U22 Initiative contract through 2025.
'22: In his first full season with the club, Vite started 14 of his 24 appearances across all competitions. The Ecuadorian playmaker scored his first ‘Caps goal against Los Angeles Galaxy on September 13 and followed it up by scoring again against Seattle Sounders FC on September 17, receiving recognition for his performances in both matches by being named to the MLS Team of the Week for Week 31. Vite also recorded two assists during the season.
'21: Upon receiving his visa and work permit, Vite arrived in Vancouver towards the end of October and was named to the bench in the club’s last regular season home match against Seattle Sounders FC on November 7.