Gbeke among players not staying in Vancouver
Vancouver Whitecaps News Release - www.whitecapsfc.com
Friday, October 23, 2009
VANCOUVER, BC -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced that they will not offer new contracts to free agents Vicente Arze, Charles Gbeke, and Lyle Martin. The club also announced that they will not exercise the 2010 contract options on goalkeeper Diego, defenders Michael Ndubuisi Onwatuegwu and Marco Reda, as well as striker Aaron Wheeler.
Gbeke, 31-years-old, leaves the Whitecaps after completing his fourth spell with the club. Acquired midway through 2008 in a trade with Montreal Impact, the striker played in 38 matches, scored 14 goals and added three assists this past season. His 12 goals during the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1) regular season made him the league's top goalscorer, an honor that followed him earning the 2008 USL-1 Championship MVP award. As a member of the Whitecaps, the native of Longueuil, Quebec, made 61 career appearances for 3,650 minutes of action. During that time, the striker scored 19 goals and recorded seven assists for the club.