Thursday, January 19, 2012


The Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of Jun Marques Davidson, another Carolina alum that played under Martin Rennie.  A five year veteran of the J League in Japan, Davidson is dual American/Japanese citizen allowing the Caps to count him as a domestic player.  His primary position throughout his career has been as a defensive midfielder, a spot that the Caps lack depth.

Born in Japan to American parents Davidson returned to the States for high school after which he returned to Japan to play for Omiya Ardija in division 2.  He remained with the club for an additional two seasons after they gained promotion to the J. League in 2005.  After bouncing around with four club in three seasons in Japan, Davidson returned to United States to sign with Carolina and Rennie in 2009. 

He spent only one season with Rennie before returning to Japan but made enough of an impression to earn a MLS contract with Whitecaps.  Rennie described Davidson as one of the most technically gifted player he ever coached as he specified his passing awareness and ability to break up plays as his major strengths.  Davidson will be thrown into the mix with holdovers John Thorrington and Gershon Koffie along with his Carolina teammate Matt Watson for the central midfield spots.

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