Carlyle Mitchell — Linked to FC Edmonton, but he’s not in the Alberta capital at the moment.
Could the report from that Whitecaps defender Jay DeMerit has a torn Achilles tendon, an injury that could keep him out for a minimum of six months, have a knock-on effect?
FC Edmonton will not confirm — and won’t even comment on this — but there have been reports out of Vancouver that the Eddies were close to securing Whitecaps’ defender Carlyle Mitchell on loan, adding to what has become a crowded back line. FC Edmonton has Albert Watson, the young Mallan Roberts, and Lance Laing, who can play in the middle or at left back, in the fold. Add Wes Knight, Antonio Rago and Edson Edward as fullback options, and you have a deep line.
And, there’s also the issue of Paul Hamilton, who is in camp but is not signed to a contract. A member of the NASL Best XI last year, Hamilton came into camp in a battle for playing time — as new coach Colin Miller is remaking the team. Adding Mitchell to the mix would add to the logjam.
But, with DeMerit hurt, the Whitecaps may need to reconsider their options, at least until another player is brought in to bolster the back line. The ‘Caps captain hopped out of Saturday’s MLS season opener after just six minutes. The Vancouver Province’s Marc Weber reported Monday that the American centre back has a torn left Achilles tendon, an injury that could keep him out for more than half a year.
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