The Whitecaps confirmed that there will be three new trialists who will join the club in their training sessions in Casa Grande, Arizona. All three players are listed as being able to play the midfield, a position still considered a need by most MLS and Whitecap pundits.
It was revealed a few days ago that Victor Turcios, 23, would be joining the Whitecaps in Arizona by newspapers in El Salvador. Earlier in the year the midfielder/defender attempted to secure a contract in with several Eastern European clubs when it was revealed that there was interest from a Canadian MLS club. The Salvadorian international has 25 caps for his country scoring once and was a standout in the 2011 Gold Cup for the surprising El Salvador who made the quarterfinals. Turcios, while listed as a defender, has the pace and vision to play in the midfield as a holding midfielder for the Whitecaps. While on his tour of Europe, Turcios suffered an ankle injury which will hold him out of training for the first few days.
Irish midfielder Patrick Cregg, 25, joins the Whitecaps on trial after playing over 100 games in the SPL mostly for Falkirk which is Martin Rennie’s hometown. Before Falkirk, Cregg started with Arsenal but only appeared in three League Cup games for the EPL giants. He spent three seasons with Falkirk before being released when the club was relegated to the First Division. After bouncing around a couple of seasons in Scotland, Cregg, known for his hard tackles and physical play in the midfield, signed with League One Bury in England for one season. There is no word whether he was released or given an opportunity to trial with the MLS side.
The final trialist is American Floyd Franks who has had two previous stints with Martin Rennie in his professional career. After college the midfielder was drafted by Chicago Fire in the first round of the 2006 Supplemental draft where he spent one season. Once released, Franks joined Rennie in the USL Div2 with Cleveland City where they won a Championship together. He rejoined Rennie and has been playing in Carolina since 2010 after spending a season with a division 2 Danish side.