The Vancouver Whitecaps, bottom of the overall standings with a 1-6-1 record (win-loss-tie), have signed a 25-year-old Designated Defensive Midfielder contract Andres Cubas of French second division Nimes for a reported transfer fee of $3 million.
Cubas, who played for Argentina in the 2015 U-20 World Cup, was born in Argentina and scouted by the then Paraguayan national team coach. Ramon Diaz, the former Argentine star, while in Boca Juniors’ youth program. Cubas, whose father is from Paraguay, made his debut for his national team in a friendly in 2019. He appeared in the 2021 Copa America and five 2022 World Cup qualifiers.
The Whitecaps, who have conceded all 17 goals in eight games, hoped to acquire Cubas in December for the start of the season, but Nimes still hoped at that time to win back promotion to Ligue 1. Nimes are now in ninth place.
“We could have secured the position earlier with just another signing, but we were really on to him,” the Vancouver sporting director and CEO said. Axel Schuster. “We wanted to fix it in December or January. But we also wanted to fix the problem with a player where we are 100% convinced that he is not only a bit fitter, that he is a player who can make a difference in the medium and long term for this club. .
“It was a waiting game for the right guy. We are ready to wait. And now we have to bring him in and show everyone he’s the good guy.
Cubas, who left Boca Juniors in 2018 aged 22 after 28 first-team appearances, played two seasons with Argentinian club Talleres before joining Nimes in 2020. He will be available for his MLS debut after acquire their Canadian and American work permits.