It appears as though the Octavio Rivero experiment in Vancouver has come to an end with news of his being made official by the Vancouver Whitecaps this morning to Club Social y Deportivo Colo Colo of Chile.
After a bright start to his MLS career in 2015, notching 10 goals and 3 assists in 34 games, Rivero has deeply struggled in 2016. Through the Whitecaps 18 games played this season, Rivero has started in just 9 of them, registering just 2 goals for his time. It appeared the writing may have been on the wall. The Whitecaps have historically had trouble finding strikers that are able to make a consistent impact in matches, and it appears their struggles may continue now that Rivero has moved on.
With Octavio now off the roster, the Whitecaps will have 1 designated player spot and 1 international roster spot available to them at a crucial time and during MLS’ summer transfer window.
In an interesting twist, news broke earlier today that the coaching staff and the manager of Rivero’s new club Colo Colo had handed in their resignation just hours before unveiling a new group of players to the media and fans.