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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today the addition of Residency goalkeeper Marco Carducci as the club’s eighth all-time Homegrown player signing. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We’re very excited to add Marco to the first team,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “Marco is a product of our youth development setup and we’re confident that he is ready to make the next step. He is a promising young goalkeeper who is mature beyond his years.”

Whitecaps FC goalkeeper Marco Carducci

· First Whitecaps FC Homegrown goalkeeper signing

· Two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year

· Started Canada’s three matches at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup

· Recorded 14 clean sheets in the USSDA since joining Whitecaps FC Residency

"I'm really looking forward to this opportunity," said Carducci. "Spending the last two and a half years with the Residency program, I saw a lot of the support from the club and fans right from the start. Now to be able to make the next step up to the first team is a huge honour for me. That was always my goal coming in and I'm really excited for the future."

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Carducci joined the Whitecaps FC Residency program in September 2011 and has been a standout ever since. During the 2011-12 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) U-16 season, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound goalkeeper posted a 10W-4L-0D record and eight clean sheets in helping Vancouver win the West Conference, Northwest Division.

In his second year with the club, Carducci started 19 of 21 appearances with the U-16s and recorded four clean sheets. This season, as a member of the Whitecaps FC U-18 squad, Carducci has posted two clean sheets in his four USSDA appearances.

Last month, Carducci, 17, allowed just two goals in four preseason appearances with the first team.

Internationally, the two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year has recorded eight caps with the Canadian U-17 national team after making his youth national team debut at the age of 15. He won a bronze medal with Canada at the 2013 CONCACAF Men's Under-17 Championship, starting all four matches and recording a clean sheet in the tournament opener against Trinidad and Tobago.

In October 2013, Carducci also started all three matches for the Red and White at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates. The Calgary native was Canada’s player of the match in a 2-2 draw with Austria and a standout in their 1-1 draw with Iran, who launched 23 shots towards the goal, including 12 on target.

Carducci becomes the first Homegrown goalkeeper added to Vancouver’s MLS roster, joining current Homegrown players Sam Adekugbe, Bryce Alderson, Caleb Clarke, and Russell Teibert.

Marco Carducci

Position: Goalkeeper

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185 pounds

Date of Birth: September 24, 1996, in Calgary, Alberta

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Citizenship: Canada, Italy

Status: Domestic, Homegrown

Youth Club: Calgary Villains SC

How Acquired: Signed to an MLS contract on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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I see the potential but I thought the kid looked way out of his depth.

 

Vancouver is lucky he didn't cost them a chance at the Voyageur's Cup. If TFC attacked better they would have exposed his inexperience.

 

Still a great prospect though.

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Shot stopping and distribution were not out of place.  Experience and strength will take care of the weaknesses.  At 17 future looks very bright

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horrid decision making and caught in no man's land too many times. good to see that he's got the balls to be aggressive, but hopefully with experience, he'll know better when to rush out of the net.

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Looks like he'll be the starting keeper for the 2015 U-20 WCQ squad.

 

What makes you say that? From what I've seen, Wirth has been the starting goalkeeper for the majority of games at the previous camp.

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What makes you say that? From what I've seen, Wirth has been the starting goalkeeper for the majority of games at the previous camp.

Didnt carducci start against england and russia then wirth start against usa?

I thought carducci started most ot the games

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2015 USL stats

Player               GP-GS  Minutes  GA  GaAvg  Saves  SavePct    W    L    T     shutouts 
Carducci, Marco   9-8     810:00   15    1.67      36      .706         2    3         0/0 

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So what's going on with his career? Spencer Richey (an American) ahead of him in Robinson's mind it seems. In all fairness Richey played well tonight.

Let's start a twitter campaign to get Carducci to start in the next CCL game on September 28th. It's a meaningless game. Vancouver are through. Give young Canadians a shot!

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2 hours ago, Olympique_de_Marseille said:

So what's going on with his career? Spencer Richey (an American) ahead of him in Robinson's mind it seems. In all fairness Richey played well tonight.

Let's start a twitter campaign to get Carducci to start in the next CCL game on September 28th. It's a meaningless game. Vancouver are through. Give young Canadians a shot!

He's still super young, plenty of time to see what will happen although it seems like he's behind Sean Melvin as well atm

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Carducci did not have his contract option picked up for 2017.

According to this article, the decision was mutual, as he was "in the catchment between USL and the first team". Looks like the door is open for him to return in the future. Hopefully the fact that he's a domestic league wide will help his search for another MLS club.

http://www.whitecapsfc.com/post/2016/12/08/door-always-open-carducci-caps-mutually-agree

Edited by shermanator

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1 hour ago, kmouseyc said:

I think the big thing for Marco now is to go somewhere where he will play a number of consecutive games. Show what he can do.

Pretty much. As mentioned earlier, hopefully his domestic-league-wide status works in his favour in finding another destination.

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24 minutes ago, Northvansteve said:

Not totally surprised. Carducci isn't very big and that's a huge handicap for him.

true but I think he is a very intelligent keeper so hopefully he can show that he can compensate that way.

 

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39 minutes ago, kmouseyc said:

true but I think he is a very intelligent keeper so hopefully he can show that he can compensate that way.

 

Hope for that too. Needs find somewhere - anywhere - that will try him as a starter. Canada Premier League can't start soon enough...

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6 hours ago, PopePouri said:

CPL can't come soon enough.

Don't know about Carducci, but the creation of the league will NOT prevent players from being cut. Moreover, it shouldn't. How else will it get even on par with USL, let alone surpass USL in quality? 

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3 hours ago, Northvansteve said:

Hope for that too. Needs find somewhere - anywhere - that will try him as a starter. Canada Premier League can't start soon enough...

Finland keeps coming to mind.

 

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11 hours ago, Northvansteve said:

Not totally surprised. Carducci isn't very big and that's a huge handicap for him.

The same is true about Callum Irving and he's moving in the right direction. I don't pretend to be a keeper expert but to me Carducci always had the other tools.

Edited by Lord Bob

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