Whitecaps part ways with Masato Kudo

Dec 31 2016, 6:54 am

After one season in Vancouver, Masato Kudo and the Whitecaps have decided to part ways. On Friday, the club announced that they have mutually agreed to a contract termination.

“Masato is one of the best professionals I have ever worked with and we are thankful for the contributions he made during his time in Vancouver,” said head coach Carl Robinson. “This move will provide Masato an opportunity to explore additional first team options. We wish him all the best.”

The 26-year-old Japanese striker was signed last December from Japan’s J1 League side Kashiwa Reysol. Though he showed flashes of brilliance, Kudo scored just three goals in 19 appearances.

After missing the playoffs in 2016, Robinson has a lot of work ahead of him this offseason. The team is in dire need of a reliable striker, as well as an attacking midfielder to replace the departed Pedro Morales.