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Vancouver has signed 33-year-old central defender Andy O'Brien, who joins the club from English Championship side Leeds United.

The Vancouver Whitecaps announced Wednesday the signing of Andy O'Brien, a central defender who last played for Leeds United in England.

The 33-year-old has made over 300 appearances in the English Premier League, and has earned 26 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.

“Andy is an experienced centre half, who is good in the air and comfortable on the ball,” Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie said in a statement released by the club. “He has spent several years in the English Premier League and with some of England’s best-known clubs. Andy also had the privilege of being at a World Cup.

"We’re delighted to add a defender of Andy’s experience to our squad.”

O'Brien joins a Vancouver side that is currently remaking itself with an eye on a postseason run. The Whitecaps have added Barry Robson, Kenny Miller and Dane Richards in recent weeks, while saying goodbye to popular attackers Davide Chiumiento, Sebastien Le Toux, and Eric Hassli.

The defender looks to bolster a back line that has conceded 28 goals in 23 MLS games so far this season.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” O’Brien said. “I appreciate the hard work that’s been put in by Vancouver, given the short period of time there was to get this deal done. I’ve had the opportunity to look around the city, which is fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to contributing on and off the pitch.”

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