VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed developmental squad midfielder Damiano Pecile to an MLS Homegrown contract.
The 17-year-old becomes the 22nd Whitecaps academy product to sign an MLS Homegrown contract with the club.
A native of Burnaby, B.C., Pecile joined the Whitecaps academy in 2015.
Pecile split 2019 playing with the Whitecaps development squad, the academy under-19 side and Canada's under-17 team.
Pecile played every minute for Canada in three matches at the 2019 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
The Whitecaps say Pecile will continue to play with the development squad and academy under-19 team.
"We will continue to evaluate the best options for him, which may include a loan in the coming months should it make sense for his progression," Whitecaps sporting director Axel Schuster said in a statement.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 14, 2020.