'Fast Eddie' comes back to town

BOB MACKIN -- 24 Hours Vancouver

, Last Updated: 7:19 AM ET

"Fast Eddie" is bouncing back to Vancouver.

Vancouver Whitecaps traded off-season acquisition Daniel Antoniuk to the Montreal Impact yesterday for veteran striker Eduardo Sebrango Rodriguez.

Sebrango kicked off his North American outdoor career with the Vancouver '86ers in 1999, scoring 18 times in 27 games.

"Eddie said to me that's where I started and that's where I'd come back," said Whitecaps' head coach Bob Lilley.

Sebrango played single seasons with Rochester Raging Rhinos and Hershey Wildcats before a four-year tenure with the Montreal Impact, where he led the team to the 2004 league championship. He'll see action up front with Jason Jordan, the 2005 USL First Division MVP.

"It's a great move for the club, he's got a lot of experience and has scored big goals in this league," said Lilley, who coached Sebrango in Montreal and Hershey.

The 32-year-old naturalized Canadian citizen was player of the year in his native Cuba with Sancti Spiritus in 1997. He'll join the Whitecaps at the conclusion of his Major Indoor Soccer League season with the Milwaukee Wave.

Whitecaps started training camp Saturday and meet Trinity Western University Spartans in Langley for a Friday friendly. Their USL First Division season starts April 22 against the Portland Timbers at Swangard Stadium.


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