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Actually the article answers your question, he was playing for Mainz's second team in the 4th division (not 3rd as the article erroneously states) up until a couple of weeks ago. He subbed in at the 75th minute of their last game, a 0-0 draw that barely kept them from relegating based on goal differential. His contract with Mainz just expired. Never hurts to give a hometown boy a trial but it seems like they are trialing a lot of guys who aren't really NASL quality let alone MLS quality. Elliot is a career German 4th division player and they trialed a 28 year old French 4th division player and an Indian keeper.

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What Grizzly said. Made very few appearances in the 4th div last season (only started 4 games, subbed into an additional 2 games, didn't go 90 in any of them), although I don't know if he was healty all season. Good luck to him.

Another Vancouver native, Riley O'Neill, striker, 27 games, 6 goals at the 4th division level with SV Wilhelmshaven, also out of contract, would be a better prospect.

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^^^ Yes. The following is from the Caps website:

Vancouver native signs with Whitecaps

Alex Elliott playing for Canada during a 2007 FIFA U-20 World Cup warm-up match versus Czech Republic in Edmonton, Alberta. (Photo courtesy Dale MacMillan)

June 23, 2010

Vancouver, BC, native and former Canadian U-20 international Alex Elliott has joined Vancouver Whitecaps FC of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) D-2 Pro League - pending his international transfer certificate. Per club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Elliott, 23, joins his hometown club after spending the last three years in Germany. The 5-foot-9, 155-pound outside midfielder - who can also play up front as a striker - spent the last two seasons with FSV Mainz 05. In 25 appearances with the O-Fives reserve side, Elliott scored two goals and added five assists. He began his professional career with Sportfreunde Siegen of the Regionalliga Süd (then the third tier in Germany) midway through the 2007-08 season. In five matches with Sportfreunde Siegen, Elliott contributed with two assists.

Prior to his move overseas, Elliott attended the University of Portland from 2005 to 2007 and played three seasons with the Pilots. During his time on The Bluff, Elliott received All-West Coast Conference honours in his three years with Portland. This included a first-team selection in 2007, a second-team selection in 2006, and a spot in the all-freshman team in 2005. Elliott concluded his collegiate career with 21 goals - including 10 match-winning goals - and 10 assists in 56 appearances.

Internationally, Elliott has played for Canada at the U-15, U-17, and U-20 levels. A member of Canada's U-20 team from 2005 to 2007, Elliott earned 16 caps, while scoring four goals for his country.

The midfielder began playing soccer locally with Vancouver's Dunbar Soccer Association and was a member of the British Columbia provincial team program as a youngster.

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Ed must have ESP as an article on Elliot's signing had this tidbit at the end,

"Vancouver forward Riley O'Neill, who played for German fourth-division side SV Wilhelmshaven last season, trained with the Whitecaps this week as team officials monitored his potential. The 24-year-old University of Kentucky product, who grew up in Campbell River, was drafted by the Whitecaps in the 2007 USL draft but his MLS rights are held by Toronto FC"

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/soccer/Rested+Caps+ready+road+trip/3195086/story.html#ixzz0rq9n1E11

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Newest Whitecap has roots with club - The Province

June 24, 2010

By Steve Ewen

New Vancouver's Whitecap Alex Elliott used to ride a bus from Vancouver to his family's home in Summerland in the wee hours every Sunday after training under one of the club's former stars.

Elliott, 23, was inked by the USSF D-2 franchise on Wednesday, pending his international transfer certificate. When he was 14, he used to work out under the tutelage of Derek Possee in the Lower Mainland every weekend as part of the B.C. Soccer Association's national high-performance training centre program. Practices routinely ended at 9 p.m. on Sundays, leaving just the midnight bus for Elliott to take home. It was generally a five-hour ride, and he'd get as much sleep as he could at home before going to school.

"Those bus trips paid off," said Elliott, who later moved to Vancouver to enhance his soccer career and was a Province Head of the Class winner after graduating from Magee in 2005. "It shows you that hard work can get you where you want to be."

The time with Possee's group played a role in stints for Elliott internationally with Canadian Under-15, Under-17 and Under-20 teams. And it helped him land a scholarship at the University of Portland, where the 5-foot-9, 155-pound outside midfielder played for three years before three seasons in Germany, the last two with FSV Mainz 05.

Before heading to Portland, he played briefly for the Whitecaps Reserves, and he's kept in touch with Whitecaps officials, including team president Bob Lenarduzzi.

Elliott played down the idea that the remainder of this season is largely a tryout for the next year, when the Whitecaps enter MLS.

"For me, signing here is about the next five months," Elliott, who's joining a squad that's currently 5-2-5 and sitting atop its NASL Conference in USSF D-2.

"I want to focus on helping this team achieve its goals for this season. We have to focus on the current season."


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