After dipping into the Uruguayan market for the fifth time in his short tenure with the Whitecaps, head coach Carl Robinson announced the season-long loan of winger Cristian Techera on Thursday.
After trading allocation money to Toronto FC for the first right of refusal on Techera, a uniquely MLS transaction, the Whitecaps received the Uruguayan from Club Atletico River Plate Montevideo for the remainder of the season.
At only 5’2″ (157.5 cm) and 150 lbs (68.04 kg), Techera is the shortest player on the team by four inches (10.16 cm), and is an astounding 1’3″ (38.1 cm) shorter than the tallest player, Kendall Waston.
Despite his stature, Techera brings further speed to an already quick team. Carl Robinson was quoted as saying, “He is a quick natural winger, who can play on both sides of the pitch. He has great technical ability and will excite in the attacking third.”
The Uruguayan also brings further youth to the team, already one of the youngest in MLS, at only 22 years of age. With a transfer option attached, Techera could easily become part of Robinson’s future plans.
Techera also marks the fifth Uruguayan signed by Carl Robinson since becoming head coach in December 2013. The others include 2014-loanee Sebastian Fernandez, Nicolas Mezquida, Designated Player Octavio Rivero, and current-loanee Diego Rodriguez.
This signing also solidifies the fact that Robinson is not afraid to sign players on loan, as Techera joins Rodriguez and Deybi Flores, marking a record number of loanees in the ‘Caps MLS history.
It is unlikely that Techera will be able to dress against the San Jose Earthquakes, due to the fact he had not received his international transfer certificate or Canadian work permit and visa as of Wednesday afternoon.