Former Carolina RailHawks defensive midfielder Jun Marques Davidson has joined coach Martin Rennie and all those other former RailHawks in Vancouver.
The Whitecaps announced the acquisition yesterday.
Davidson played just one season in Carolina -- 2010 -- and played in 23 of the team's 30 games that year.
Although the impact Davidson had wasn't as noticable as the other recent RailHawks-turned-Whitecaps, part of that may be due to how Rennie ran the team in 2010. In that one-year stay in the USSF D2, Rennie alternated starters almost every other game -- even goalkeepers -- with exception to the back line.
The coach had high praise for Davidson in the news release, calling him "one of the most technically gifted players that I have coached."
Davidson spent last season in Japan, playing in the J-League's second-division.
But it's interesting to think back to that 2010 team. By the end of the regular season, it had seven future MLS players and one more who is playing first-division league in Denmark. That list does not include Brad Knighton (Vancouver), who only played for the RailHawks in 2011, or Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Portugese second-division), who played for the RailHawks in 2009 and sparingly in 2011:
- midfielder Daniel Paladini, Chicago Fire
- defender Daniel Woolard, DC United
- striker Tom Heinemann, Columbus Crew
- midfielder Josh Gardner, Columbus Crew
- defender Brad Rusin, HB Koge (Denmark)
- midfielder Matt Watson, Vancouver Whitecaps
- striker Etienne Barbara, Vancouver Whitecaps
- midfielder Jun Marques Davidson, Vancouver Whitecaps