In the short term, the Whitecaps need a goalkeeper with Max Crepeau and Thomas Hasal both injured.
Looking ahead to next year, it’s harder to figure out why sporting director Axel Schuster would wish to have Bush’s salary on the books.
Schuster says he can “guarantee” that there is no scenario that will see all three goalkeepers on the roster in 2021. But that means either Crepeau being sold, which would make Bush a somewhat underwhelming replacement as starter, or Hasal being loaned out, leaving Bush as an expensive backup.
Or they find a way to move Bush again… but it doesn’t sound like there is a plan in place on that front.
“All solutions are open,” Schuster said.
It’s a minor move, but the apparent disregard of its salary-cap implications is concerning as the Whitecaps continue a very bumpy rebuild.
An alternative: Why not ask Cavalry if you can borrow Marco Carducci? With the CPL season over, the Cavs would surely be happy to see one of their players tested in MLS. And Marc dos Santos could take a closer look at an interesting young Canadian without making a commitment into next year.
…and a promising one in Montreal
The Impact made a move of their own shortly after trading Bush, bringing in Minnesota United forward Mason Toye.
Toye was acquired for $600,000 of general allocation money, which can be used to pay down salaries and, therefore, create cap space.
It’s a valuable commodity and that’s a decent sum. But it’s not often that a player like Toye, a 21-year-old who looked on the verge of breaking out last year and is likely to factor into the USA’s Olympic plans, becomes available.