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March 23, 2006 - Vancouver Whitecaps Director of Soccer Operations, Bob Lenarduzzi, announce today that the Whitecaps have signed midfielder Jay Alberts and defender Adrian Cann through the 2007 season. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Alberts, 25, enters his first season with the Caps and third in the league. The 5’8”, 150-pound native of Sunset Hills, Missouri, played in 24 games last year with the Minnesota Thunder scoring three goals and assisting on three. During his rookie campaign, Alberts played in 28 games recording 2,395 minutes, third most on the Thunder, while also adding three assists. In 2004, Alberts was drafted 37th overall by the Kansas City Wizards in the Major League Soccer (MLS) SuperDraft.

“Jay is an effective two-way player who has good crossing ability, solid pace and a grinder’s mentality,” said Whitecaps head coach Bob Lilley. “He is a strong flank player who will add versatility to our midfield.”

Before becoming a member of the Minnesota Thunder, Alberts played for Yale University Bulldogs. As a member of the Bulldogs, Alberts was only the fifth player in Ivy League soccer history to be named to the first-team All-Ivy for four seasons. In addition, he was the first Yale player to be honoured as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Alberts finished his time at Yale ranking second in career assists with 22 and fifth in career points with 62.

Jay Alberts’ USL Stats (Regular Season only)YEAR TEAM GP MIN G A PTS S F

2005 Minnesota 24 1986 3 3 9 26 20

2004 Minnesota 28 2395 0 3 3 24 31

Totals 22 1052 3 6 12 50 51

Cann, 25, has played the last two seasons for the Montreal Impact as a defender. The 6’3”, 165-pounds native of Thornhill, Ontario, played 15 games last year, starting nine games and accumulating 796 minutes. In 2004, he joined the Impact mid-season after being released by the Colorado Rapids of MLS.

“Adrian is a good young player who reads the game well and has strong technical skills,” said Lilley. “He can play as a centre back or provide cover in the midfield.”

Cann played his college ball for the University of Louisville Cardinals where he was the first-ever Cardinal to be named to the All-Conference first team for four consecutive seasons. In addition, Cann was recognized as Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003 and was named to the Conference USA All-Decade Team. As a top prospect, he was invited to the MLS combine and was later drafted 16th overall by Colorado in the 2004 Major League Soccer SuperDraft.

Adrian Cann USL Stats (Regular Season only)


2005 Montreal 15 796 0 0 0 6 18

2004 Montreal 7 256 0 0 0 0 3

Totals 22 1052 0 0 0 6 21

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