So far, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 have made six fairly predictable signings. They are a mix of academy players, graduates, and university players that likely wouldn't get a shot outside of Canada, if anywhere.
These first signings have shown that what was old, is new again. WFC2 is reminiscent of the Vancouver NASL, A-League and USL sides of old, where many players came through the university systems, along with some veteran players with professional experience mixed in.
WFC2 – or a reboot of the original – seems like the 'Caps management is going with the same philosophy, except this time around, some of these players will have a better chance of advancing their careers to the Major League.
Many of these players aren't ready to make first team, but with the United League squad, it will give them every opportunity to mature as individuals, as players, and let them grow into professional players, all while getting minutes in meaningful matches.
It gives hope for those wanting more Canadian content. The first six individuals who have signed contracts are Canadian and could potentially grow not only into Major League players, but also Canadian National team players. Five of the current six players could take part in Olympic qualifying for Canada, and playing minutes in a league – whilst still not the best league available – is better than what it was before.
With many of the youngsters with the Whitecaps' senior squad looking to get minutes as well, it will create some exciting battles for positions.
Despite a long drive out to Thunderbird Stadium, it looks like the United League and Whitecaps FC 2 is going to be a fun and interesting ride in 2015.