Official: Iraq international Ali Adnan joins MLS side after two-month exile

After a period of frustration over a contract termination, Iraq defender Ali Adnan seems to have found a new home as he makes his loan move to Major League Soccer outfit Vancouver Whitecaps.

Reports have recently speculated that an MLS club is looking to acquire the 25-year-old and a statement released by the Whitecaps confirms that Adnan will join the club on a loan deal that will last until the end of June.

Adnan’s parent club, Serie A side Udinese, will welcome Adnan when the loan deal expires but this is great news for the player as he will be able to resume his football after controversy clouded his loan deal with Atalanta.

Adnan took part in the AFC Asian Cup 2019 to represent Iraq and was reported to have left the club earlier than expected. While many understood that punishment was upcoming, many predicted that a fine would be enough for his wrongdoings. However, Atalanta decided to terminate his loan contract and with it happening after the January transfer window expired it would leave him without a club to play for.

However, things have settled now and Adnan will play for the Whitecaps as he takes an international roster spot.

The Whitecaps statement explains their eagerness to have Adnan as expressed by head coach Marc Dos Santos.

“We evaluated every opportunity that was possible, and this loan allows us to strengthen the left back position while we continue to explore the market for the July transfer window.

“Ali is physically gifted, aggressive, strong in the air, and he will bring balance to the team with his defensive mindset. He’s excited to come here and experience playing in Vancouver before he returns to Italy.”

Moreover, Adnan is looking forward to the chance to play in the MLS. He said: “I am very much looking forward to joining the Whitecaps.

“I know it is an important club with ambition and a strong fan base. I talked with head coach Dos Santos a lot before signing so I’m excited by the prospect of working with him, all the staff, and my new teammates.”