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Whitecaps ink T&T defender Carlyle Mitchell on deadline day

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have added a defender ahead of the MLS roster-freeze deadline.

The club announced Thursday it had signed 24-year-old defender Carlyle Mitchell from Trinidad and Tobago’s Joe Public FC. Mitchell has made three appearances for the senior T&T men’s national side and has also represented his country at various youth levels.

He played with JPFC in the group stages of last season’s CONCACAF Champions League, and was sent off in one of the matches, a 5-1 loss to Mexican powerhouse Santos Laguna. He was lost to injury late in 2010.

“Carlyle is a young, athletic prospect that provides additional depth to the centre back position,” said Tom Soehn, Whitecaps FC acting head coach and director of soccer operations in a release issued by the club.

With the recent releases of American defender Wes Knight and French defender Mouloud Akloul, the Whitecaps needed to shore up their backline, and had the international roster space to do.

But it is a gamble. Mitchell suffered severe facial and skull injuries late in 2010 while playing for Joe Public (see HERE).

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