With Vancouver nearing the halfway point of the season, however, Hwang could be in line for a break soon.
It's not because he's playing badly. The creative midfielder has a goal and two assists in 15 appearances so far, as Marc Dos Santos' rebuilding project is starting to bear fruit, the Whitecaps losing just once in their last seven games.
But the 22-year-old is nearing a necessary break by virtue of his workload, according to Dos Santos.
According to Goal.com's Steve Han on Twitter, Dos Santos indicated Hwang "has [had] no break" since March 2018.
#VWFC manager Marc Dos Santos on Hwang In-beom’s fatigue: “He has played from March 2018 to now on top of travel, Asian Games and Cup, moving to Canada, adapting here, int’l friendlies. Our guys have a break in June, but he’ll be in Korea for the national team. He has no break.”— Steve Han • 한만성 (@realstevescores) May 30, 2019
But, Dos Santos vows that once Hwang returns from upcoming international duty for South Korea, he'll get a full four days off for now, as he monitors his load.
More from Dos Santos on possibly giving Hwang some time off: “I’ll find the best moment to do that. He's probably gonna stay home after the Korea games. I'm gonna give him four days to just stay home. I want to help him recover, because we have to protect him as a player.” #VWFC— Steve Han • 한만성 (@realstevescores) May 30, 2019