Midfielder Andre Lewis (in red) fights for a ball during the second half of a MLS Combine practice. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

First Round Draft Pick Will Be Loaned to the Vancouver Whitecaps


There seems to be no end to odd and engrossing stories this MLS offseason, some of the best have come from British Columbia, Canada. One more just popped on Tuesday afternoon when ESPN FC’s Jeff Carlisle reported that Andre Lewis will be loaned to the Vancouver Whitecaps after they drafted him in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.

The Whitecaps selected the Jamaican midfielder with the 7th overall pick last Thursday. The only problem being that the NASL’s New York Cosmos already signed the young player some time before. It was Goal.com who made the initial report that there was a conflict of contracts. Although Lewis is signed with the Cosmos, a deal has been reached that he will be loaned to the Caps, or even be part of an outright transfer.

There isn’t really a problem here. The Cosmos made a smart investment in Lewis, and any team that drafted him, in this case Vancouver, would have to pay a little extra for his services. The whole situation initially appears to be another Vancouver mishap, but in all honesty, the Caps front office probably knew the cost. If the price tag been displayed and thoroughly publicized during the draft, this subject may not even be worth a post on the blog. At this point, it just sounds like a waiting game before we hear the Vancouver sign Lewis to a contract and pay a transfer fee. It’s not the most ideal method of signing draftee, but it works.

Lewis was considered the most impressive talent of the MLS Combine before the draft. The Jamaican national-teamer saw his stock rise by leaps and bounds in just a few days, and there is no one is who think he doesn’t deserve being picked so high. His wide midfield talents can surely help the Caps who missed the playoffs by three points.

Tags: MLS SuperDraft New York Cosmos Vancouver Whitecaps