Allentown native Danny Barbir is heading north of the border for the next stop on his professional career.
The 19-year-old, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia but grew up in the Allentown area, has signed a USL contract with Vancouver Whitecaps through the end of the season.
Barbir was part of the Union’s youth setup in its pre-U.S. Soccer Development Academy days as a member of youth club affiliate Players Development Academy, but chose to use his dual citizenship - his father was born in Romania - to go abroad when he turned 16, joining Manchester City’s youth academy in 2014.
He signed his first professional contract with West Bromwich Albion a year later and had a goal in 10 appearances for West Brom’s U23 team in 2016-17. He made two appearances for the United States U17 team at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile.
Vancouver announced his signing on Thursday.
“Danny is a big, strong young centre back who has experience in a highly competitive environment in England,” said Whitecaps FC 2 head coach Rich Fagan in a news release. “We’ll continue to push him and evaluate him during the final stretch of our USL season.”