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Cole Seiler signed by Vancouver Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed 2016 first-round pick Cole Seiler, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday.

Centre back, 22, was selected with 16th pick in 201 MLS SuperDraft

Cole Seiler, right, attempts to keep the ball in play against Connecticut forward Mamadou Diouf (23). The Vancouver Whitecaps signed the 22-year-old first round pick Monday. (Chuck Myers/MCT/Getty Images)

The Vancouver Whitecaps have signed 2016 first-round pick Cole Seiler, the Major League Soccer club announced Monday.

Vancouver took the centre back with the 16th selection in last month's MLS SuperDraft.

Seiler, who turned 22 on Friday, will be added to the team's roster pending receipt of his Canadian work permit.

The six-foot-one, 180-pound native of Anderson, S.C., captained Georgetown University to the school's first-ever Big East Tournament championship in 2015.

"We've had our eyes on Cole for a while now and he's shown in training camp how he can fit right in with our club," Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said in a statement. "He's a smart player who stood out in the combine and has adjusted well to this level in pre-season."