It was almost a year ago today that the Vancouver Whitecaps organized a conference call so the club could unveil Barry Robson as its new midfield general and Designated Player.
“I am very excited to be joining Whitecaps FC and to continue my career in Major League Soccer,” said Robson in February of 2012. “I am impressed by the quality of MLS and Vancouver as a club. They have a passionate fan base and a fantastic stadium in BC Place. My family and I are also looking forward to our move to Canada and the beautiful city of Vancouver this summer.”
A year later, and Robson is gone — his departure marked by a training session held without him in attendance and, later, a press release from the club that confirmed he was gone.
“We are thankful for the contributions Barry made during his time with the club. Unfortunately Barry and his family never fully settled in Vancouver, and we’ve mutually decided to move in different directions,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi in that release. “On behalf of the club, I wish Barry the very best in the next stage of his career.”
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