Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced that the club has signed goalkeeper Sean Melvin. Melvin will join the club’s MLS roster upon receipt of his International Transfer Certificate (ITCO.
Melvin is the second Vancouver Island native to sign with Whitecaps FC , following in the footsteps of fellow Residency graduate goalkeeper Simon Thomas.
“I’m really excited to be back and to now sign with the first team,” added Melvin. “This has been a long-term goal of mine since I first joined the Residency program. I’m looking forward to pushing our other goalkeepers and putting myself in a position to earn time on the pitch.’
Melvin, 23, was most recently with Whitecaps FC USL affiliate Fresno FC as the Foxes began their inaugural season.
The 6-foot-4 goalkeeper was previously called up to the first team for the 2017 Canadian Championship, serving as the back-up goalkeeper for both legs of the semifinal series against Montreal Impact.
In international action, Melvin has made one appearance for Canada’s senior men’s national team, suiting up in their 4-2 friendly win over Bermuda in January 2017.
During his youth, Melvin started his soccer career with his hometown Gordon Head Soccer Association, where he was named the club’s Most Outstanding Goalkeeper in 2006. He would later play with Victoria United Metro from 2007 to 2010. The young goalkeeper was also a member of the BC Soccer Provincial program from the U-13 to U-16 levels.
Facts about Sean Melvin
Date of Birth: July 9, 1994 in Victoria, BC
Hometown: Victoria, BC
Status: Homegrown, Domestic
Last Club: Fresno FC (USL ‘18)