MLS expansion franchise Vancouver Whitecaps have released six players as they prepare for life in MLS.

Goalkeeper Dan Pelc, defenders Nelson Akwari, Zurab Tsiskaridze and Chris Williams, midfielder Alex Elliott and forward Jonathan McDonald have all been waived.

Whitecaps coach Teitur Thordarson was full of praise for the six departing players and thanked them for their contributions to the club.

"We are very thankful for the fine contribution, both on the pitch and in the community, all of these players made in 2010 and wish them the best in their future endeavours," he said in a statement.