Vancouver Whitecaps have added young defender Sam Adekugbe to its senior roster.
The âCaps have signed the residency program star to a professional contract after impressing over the past two seasons with the U16 and U18s.
Adekugbe, who has represented Canada at U18 level and was recently called up to the senior squad, will remain with the Whitecaps U18s for the remainder of the season.
"Sam is a fantastic young talent and someone we're all very excited to bring into the first team," Whitecaps head coach Martin Rennie said in a statement.
"We've watched him closely over the past few years as he developed with our Residency program and we're very confident that he has a bright future ahead."
The England-born 18-year old added: âThis is truly a dream come true for me. I couldnât be happier to sign my first MLS contract in Vancouver.
âSpending the last few years with the Residency program has been great for my development, and I look forward to taking the next steps in my career with Whitecaps FC.â