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Whitecaps sign Honduran Olympian Johnny Leveron

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The Vancouver Whitecaps have succeeded where Toronto FC has failed — in signing a member of the Honduran Olympic squad.

The Whitecaps announced Tuesday that the club has secured Johnny Leveron, who captained the surprising Honduran side at the London Olympics. Leveron’s team that beat Spain in the round robin and lost 3-2 to Brazil in the quarters, despite spending most of that match with 10 men and finishing with only nine.

“Johnny is a left-footed centre back who is very comfortable on the ball,” said Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie in a release issued by the club. “He’s still young but he’s captained the Honduran Olympic team and has already played a number of games for the senior national team. He has a very big upside and we are really excited to welcome him to Vancouver.”

Johnny Leveron

Leveron has played in 83 Honduran league games, scoring nine times. He comes to Vancouver from CD Motagua. He’s made 20 senior appearances for his country, scoring three times.

A couple of months back, it looked like a sure thing that Arnold Peralta, the midfielder who teamed with Leveron at the London Games, would be making the move to MLS. But, after his Honduran club, CDS Vida, confirmed that Peralta was heading to Canada to discuss terms with Toronto FC, news broke that the deal had fallen apart, and the contract offer wasn’t good enough for the Honduran.

 

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