Vancouver Whitecaps happy to accomodate Parke ambitions

Vancouver Whitecaps have no problems with new signing Jeff Parke making a move to Europe when the summer transfer market opens.

Vancouver Whitecaps have no problems with new signing Jeff Parke making a move to Europe when the summer transfer market opens.

Parke signed for Vancouver after things didn't work out at Seattle Sounders and remains hopeful of playing in Europe - preferably in France.

“We are top heavy with games early this season because of Canada Cup qualifying for the next Concacaf Champions League and Jeff works for us, even in the short term,” Bob Lenarduzzi, the Whitecaps’ president of soccer operations, told the New York Post.

“We didn’t think the suspension applied outside the U.S. Then I got a call from Todd Durbin at M.L.S. who told me there are some outstanding issues and that the ban applied anywhere he goes. We had an opportunity to get a good player and we did. He’ll be with us until mid-June and if things don’t work out for him in Europe we’d love him to come back.

“There’s nothing we can do about the suspension. But there was also never any pressure from M.L.S. or anyone else for us not to sign him,” said Lenarduzi. “We think he’s a good player and if he chooses to go to Europe that’s up to him. He’s a quality guy with no ego. For now, we’re happy to have him train with us and stay fit. Guys like him are good to have around because his attitude rubs off.”

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