Whitecaps part ways with midfielder Barry Robson

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced on Monday that they had parted ways with former Scottish international midfielder Barry Robson, by mutual agreement.

“We are thankful for the contributions Barry made during his time with the club,” Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Barry and his family never fully settled in Vancouver, and we’ve mutually decided to move in different directions. On behalf of the club, I wish Barry the very best in the next stage of his career.”

Robson, 34, joined the Whitecaps in June 2012 from English side Middlesbrough. A feirce competitor, he scored three goals in 18 appearances for Vancouver but struggled to establish himself as the creative midfielder the Whitecaps needed. Toward the end of the season, as the Caps pushed for a playoff spot, head coach Martin Rennie benched Robson for a crucial match at Real Salt Lake.

"Thank you to my teammates, coaches, staff, fans, and media for making my experience in Vancouver enjoyable," Robson said in a statement. "I am now looking forward to returning home and beginning the next chapter in my career."

No word on where Robson was headed next. 

Robson's departure opens up another Designated Player slot for the Whitecaps.