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Vancouver signs South Korean midfielder as new Young DP

South Korea v Bahrain - AFC Asian Cup Round of 16

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 22: Hwang In-Beom of South Korea is chased by Ali Madan of Bahrain during the AFC Asian Cup round of 16 match between South Korea and Bahrain at Rashid Stadium on January 22, 2019 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

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Vancouver’s roster reshape has a potentially massive big piece.

The Whitecaps have signed South Korean playmaker In-beom Hwang from Daejon Citizen for two seasons with options for two more.

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The 22-year-old center midfielder will be a Young Designated Player for the ‘Caps, and becomes their first DP since the departures of Brek Shea (Atlanta United) and Kendall Waston (FC Cincinnati).

He has both attacking and defensive qualities, and has been capped 12 times by South Korea.

Hwang played all five matches of South Korea’s Asian Cup, which ended with a quarterfinal loss to Qatar. He scored against Panama in an October friendly.

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