Official release from Vancouver Whitecaps

Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that 2010 Canadian U17 Player of the Year Bryce Alderson has been signed to the club's Major League Soccer roster as a Home Grown Generation adidas player.

Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

"Bryce is an intelligent, gifted player that has already played at a very high level in his young career," said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie. "He captained Canada at last summer's U-17 World Cup, and has continued his development in our Residency program and by training with our first team. We're excited to add another young Canadian talent to our MLS squad."

Alderson, 17, joins Vancouver's MLS roster after a successful year at both the club and international level. Currently with the Whitecaps FC Residency U-18 side in the United States Soccer Development Academy, Alderson has scored two goals in six matches this season. He is set to join the first team for the start of their 2012 MLS preseason camp in mid-January.

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