Vancouver Whitecaps sign CPL goaltender Giantsopoulos to two-day contract

VANCOUVER — Seeking a short-term solution to a goaltending shortage, the Vancouver Whitecaps signed Canadian Premier League goalkeeper Nikolaos (Niko) Giantsopoulos to a two-day deal on Saturday. .

Major League Soccer’s short-term deal was pending medical review, the Whitecaps said in a statement. Giantsopoulos, who plays for York United, was due to join the squad on Saturday night and be available for Sunday’s game at Charlotte FC.

“We are very grateful to York, especially Niko, head coach Martin Nash and general manager Angus McNab,” Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster said. Canadian Premier League and Canada Soccer for their assistance.

The Whitecaps were eligible to make the signing under the extreme hardship rule, when a team has fewer than two available goalkeepers or fewer than 16 available outfield players.

The team announced Friday that goalkeepers Isaac Boehmer and Cody Cropper, along with midfielder Pedro Vite, have been placed under league health and safety protocols. Regular starting goaltender Thomas Hasal is out with a fractured middle finger.

Giantsopoulos, a 27-year-old native of Markham, Ont., has three clean sheets in eight starts for York United in all competitions this season. He helped York United to a goalless draw with Pacific FC on Friday night.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on May 21, 2022.

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