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Vancouver Whitecaps sign Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini to three-year deal

Canada's Lucas Cavallini celebrates his second goal against French Guiana during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth season.
Canada's Lucas Cavallini celebrates his second goal against French Guiana during the second half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VANCOUVER – The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini to a three-year contract with an option for a fourth season.

The Whitecaps said in a release that the Major League Soccer team signed Cavallini from Mexican side Club Puebla for a club-record transfer fee.

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The Whitecaps did not disclose financial details, but an ESPN report said the fee around US$6 million.

Cavallini will take up a designated player spot on Vancouver’s roster.

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The Toronto native scored 29 goals and added eight assists in 81 appearances across all competitions over 2 1/2 seasons with Club Puebla, which plays in Mexican soccer’s top tier.

The 26-year-old has scored 11 times in 17 senior national team appearances with Canada, including goals against Mexico and the United States.