Paulo Jr.’s Whitecaps’ stay comes to an end By Steven Sandor Posted on April 17, 2013 0 0 668 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Paulo Jr., who split last season between Real Salt Lake and a loan spell with the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers, is now looking for work. The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Wednesday that the club had waived the Brazilian midfielder. The Whitecaps had picked him up as a low-risk addition to the roster, in Stage 2 of the re-entry draft process. Paulo Jr. did not play a minute as a Whitecap in 2013, after playing 22 times for a much deeper RSL squad in 2012. But, with a slew of trialists rolling through the Whitecaps’ camp, every dollar saved in terms of salary-cap space — even on a low earner like Paulo Jr. — offers some flexibility to bring in new players. This is the kind of move which is usually a predictor of a roster move to come. Paulo Jr. This was such a housekeeping move, that the Whitecaps’ communication department didn’t even include a quote from the club about Paulo in its press release. With a decent history of MLS and NASL play, though, it’s rational to think the mid will get another chance somewhere in North American soccer.