Vancouver makes the leap to North America's premier loop in 2011.
"They've been there whenever I've been there -- in the playoffs, in the finals -- so it shows they're a successful club," Steele, a native of Northern Ireland, said Wednesday after he and defender Greg Janicki of Michigan signed one-year deals with the club.
"Going to MLS next year, they have a bright future and I want to be a part of it."
"I've got to be happy to play good football," he told The Province. "That [Philadelphia] never worked out, and the way I see it, I can go to Vancouver and build a relationship with the fans and the owners and the players for a year before they make the move."