Port Coquitlam soccer player Kadin Chung is going pro.
The 16-year-old athlete signed a professional contract with the Vancouver Whitecaps USL squad (Whitecaps FC 2) on Wednesday afternoon after four years in the pre-residency program.
Kadin started with the club as a 12 year old in 2011, eventually moving up to the under-16 team and now to the under-18 club.
He was introduced this week along with two other players, midfielder Thomas Gardner of North Vancouver and midfielder/striker Terran Campbell of Burnaby.
“We’re thrilled to see three more local players progress through our residency program and earn professional opportunities with the club,” said Whitecaps FC residency technical director Craig Dalrymple. “Credit to our technical staff for their continued excellence in developing young players. Kadin, Thomas, and Terran deserve this opportunity, and we look forward to continuing to help them develop through the next stages of their careers.”
Last season, all three of the newly signed Lower Mainland players participated in the club’s United States Development Academy Northwest Division team under-16 champions. This seas, the trio also took part in the Whitecaps FC under-18 residency.
Chung started in 58 of 67 games with the USSDA over the past three seasons and scored two goals. He has also made six appearances and scored one goal for Canada at the 2015 CONCACAF under-17 championship.
He also started in 34 of 35 appearances this season with the under-16 club.