Rosales Picked up by Vancouver from Chivas USA

Mauro RosalesVancouver is loaded with attackers. The club has players such as Darren Mattocks, Sebastian Fernandez, Erik Hurtado and benefits from great playmaking from Pedro Morales.

Add in the talented Nicolas Mezquida, Omar Salgado and Russell Teibert and the MLS Whitecaps might not need more firepower, even if that talent is Mauro Rosales.

At the same time, Vancouver did not need the services of Nigel Reo-Coker any longer, which is why when the opportunity arose to swap the former player from the English Premier League for one of the most creative players in the league out wide, it was too enticing to refuse.

Rosales is a talented right winger. This season he has 8 assists in the 21 matches he appeared in with Chivas USA.

The midfielder from Argentina has 107 career appearances in the MLS. He has 12 goals and assisted on 42 others.

Rosales has an excellent cross, is experienced and works hard the entire time he is on the pitch.

The Argentine could add to his assist total alongside Morales and Mattocks, but could find it difficult to find playing time as well.

He might be slotted into a place on the starting XI, which would move Fernandez, Hurtado or Mattocks to the sidelines. He might also be considered a piece that complements and comes on when another player is not carrying his load.

The tough playing field where Vancouver plays their home matches could cause Rosales problems. However, fitting him into the team is worth that risk to Vancouver.

Reo-Coker during his time at Vancouver had a problem winning a spot at midfield from Gershon Koffie and Matias Laba. He was pressed at times into playing defense. This season he has started 8 matches, but only one since the end of June.

Reo-Coker became expendable as Vancouver has plenty of depth on the bench.

While it is not clear the impact Rosales will have on the Whitecaps, the risk of seeing it makes him a more valuable asset than did Reo-Coker.

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