It was a position that was a need for the Whitecaps since the retirement of Martin Nash and it seems that the Whitecaps have finally filled it with the addition of Barry Robson. The Scottish midfielder, who will count as a designated player, will join the club once his current season is over with Middlesbrough. However he will not be eligible to play for the Caps until the MLS summer transfer window opens in late June.
After starting his pro career with Rangers of the SPL, where he was unable to crack the lineup, Robson moved on to Inverness CT. After six years with Inverness, where he helped the club earn promotion to the premier division, Robson moved on to Dundee United in the summer of 2003. It was at Dundee United where Robson played with current Whitecap assistant coach Paul Ritchie for two seasons. His final season and a half at United saw Robson score 24 goals which earned him a contract with SPL giants Celtic.