After four seasons with DC United, and ten in the Major League, Sean Franklin was a player without a club. Seeing Vancouver as an up and coming club, he jumped at the opportunity, joining the Whitecaps during the second week of preseason training. Of course, we're sure that the all-inclusive trip to Hawaii paid no part in his decision.
After experimenting with Jordan Smith, Fraser Aird, Sheanon Williams, and Jake Nerwinski over the past two seasons, adding the experience of Franklin is a good move for the club. Make no mistake, Nerwinski has been pencilled in as Vancouver's right back for many years to come, but as is the case with Tim Parker, that's why you write these things in pencil, not pen.
Franklin, a two-time Major League Cup winner with Los Angeles Galaxy, should prove healthy competition for Nerwinski, as well as depth in case of injury, or the always gruelling Major League schedule.
"Sean is an experienced player and a proven winner," said manager Carl Robinson. "He's won trophies in LA, and that's what we're trying to do here. He brings a little bit of competition to the right back slot, which is what we need. This will make our younger players better and keep them on their toes. Sean will play an important role for us this year."
Also, with the loss of Jordan Harvey and David Ousted, plus the expected departure of Tim Parker, the 'Caps could use the leadership of Franklin, both on the pitch and in the locker room.
"I'm glad to be a part of this young and hungry team. My experience will help the young guys and I'm looking forward to what we can accomplish this season," said Franklin. "I was with the team in Hawaii, and everyone welcomed me. I got to know my teammates right away and got comfortable with everyone."