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Vancouver Whitecaps, Ali Adnan agree to terminate contract

Nov 1, 2020; Portland, Oregon, USA; Vancouver Whitecaps defender Ali Adnan (53) kicks the ball during the first half against the Portland Timbers at Providence Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Whitecaps FC and defender Ali Adnan mutually agreed to contract termination on Saturday due to visa issues.

Adnan had yet to make an appearance with the team during the 2021 season. The Iraqi international recorded three goals and 10 assists in 50 career MLS appearances (48 starts) with the Whitecaps.

“We have a lot of respect for Ali and are thankful for his time at our club,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps CEO and sporting director. “Unfortunately, we found ourselves in a circumstance related to his visa that was out of all of our control. Following a number of discussion, we’ve agreed to go in different directions and wish Ali all the best in the future.”

Adnan, 27, also expressed his appreciation for the team. He was named the 2020 Whitecaps Player of the Year last season.

“I am thankful to Axel, Greg (Anderson, vice president of soccer operations) and Marc (Dos Santos, head coach) for working together on a solution in a very difficult situation regarding my US visa status, which was complicated further by COVID-19 travel restrictions,” Adnan said in the same release. “I am also very grateful for all the support from the Whitecaps fans, my teammates and everyone at the club for two memorable seasons. I will forever be a fan of this club and Vancouver will always have a special place in my heart.”

The Whitecaps (2-6-2, 8 points) return to action on Sunday night against FC Dallas (2-4-4, 10 points) in Frisco, Texas.

–Field Level Media