The Vancouver Whitecaps used their 1st pick in the 2022 MLS SuperDraft to select Simon Becher from Saint Loius University. The 22-year-old attacking forward Brooklyn, New York is used to finding the back of the net. He scored 14 goals and added 10 assists in 21 starts for the Billikens.
Simon was great on and off the field for Saint Louis in 2021. He had a run of 9 consecutive games with a goal on route to being named the Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player Of The Year. Off the field, Becher was named to the A-10 All-Academic Team for his hard work in the classroom.
Becher also played in the USL League Two between his college seasons. In 2021 he netted 12 goals in 14 matches as the captain of the Ocean City Nor’easters. He sent a message out to the Whitecaps fans from a Zoom call after the draft.
“Still Buzzing from being picked today, Can’t wait to come up to Vancouver and get to work. Blessed to have the opportunity to play in front of the best fans, I have heard a lot about the Rain City Brigade, I’ve heard a lot about the Southsiders so I am absolutely pumped to get up there and get up to the Village and get some work in.”
Head coach Vanni Sartini spoke about Simon, “He’s very good at pressing, he does the simple things so I actually look forward to see if this thing we saw at the college level is going to be able to translate to the professional level.”
Whitecaps Round Out Their MLS SuperDraft Picks
The Whitecaps rounded out the day with 4 more picks in the MLS Superdraft. In round 2 with pick number 44, they selected midfielder Luis Felipe Fernandez-Salvador from Clemson. Luis was part of a National Championship run that saw him score 2 goals on his way to being named to the national Cup All-Tournament Team.
Midfielder Giovanni Aguilar was selected 49th overall also in round 2. Aguilar lead California State University Northridge with 3 assists and added 3 goals in 17 starts and was an All-Big West Honoree in 2017, 2018, and 2021. Theo Collomb was selected in Round 3 with pick number 72. The forward from The University of North Carolina Greensboro led the NCAA in goals in the 2021 regular season with 14.
The final selection for the Vancouver Whitecaps was Vitor Dias, a midfielder from Marshall University. He was part of the 2020 National Championship for Marshall. The 23-year-old is an international from Brazil who won the Conference USA Co-Midfielder of the year in 2021.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps begin their training camp on January 17th down in San Deigo. Simon Becher and the rest of the MLS Superdraft picks will join the regular squad. Andy Rose and Tosaint Ricketts are still without contracts but CEO Axel Schuster mentioned they will know their futures by Monday. There will also be one unnamed Canadian Trailist at the camp, but we will have to wait to see who is given an opportunity with the big club.
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