MLS: Lee Young-Pyo Signs Two-Year Deal with Vancouver Whitecaps

Jo-Ryan SalazarSenior Analyst INovember 30, 2011

The newest Vancouver Whitecap...South Korean international Lee Young-Pyo.
The newest Vancouver Whitecap...South Korean international Lee Young-Pyo.Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

Asia is knocking on Major League Soccer's door yet again.

Martin Rennie's Vancouver Whitecaps, who made history last season with the first-ever Chinese MLS player in Long Tan, have agreed terms with South Korean international Lee Young-Pyo on a two-year contract, according to 86 Forever.

Lee, 34, has played for clubs such as Anyang LG Cheetahs, Borussia Dortmund and most recently Al-Hilal, but is most noted for his work in the back lines of PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham Hotspur.

Lee made 75 Eredivisie appearances for PSV while recording another 70 league appearances for Spurs.

"He is an attacking full-back and is a big star in Korea having achieved so much success in Europe," former Tottenham Hotspur manager Martin Jol said in a 2007 article for Soccerphile.

As a member of the national team, Lee made 127 appearances as a left back, scoring five goals.

South Korean internationals have competed in MLS before, the most notable being former Los Angeles Galaxy standout Hong Myung-Bo.

However, the signing is seen by the 86 Forever report as a questionable move, given that Vancouver already have a couple of adept left backs in Alain Rochat and Jordan Harvey. Also, the Lee signing could mean trouble for emerging players like Mustapha Jarju.

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