With the 2014 MLS season under a month away, the Whitecaps will soon be making cuts. Equally, some players will be looking to move if they can't get first team minutes.Pack your bags. It isn't going to work out.
As the Vancouver Whitecaps travel back from Casa Grande, Arizona, where they have been for 10 days as part of their preseason, there may be some players set to hear just that from head coach Carl Robinson.
With under a month remaining before the beginning of the 2014 campaign, one can expect the Welsh tactician will begin dishing out the bad news sooner rather than later for those not deemed up to the task.
Alternatively, there are some young players who could choose to part ways with Vancouver to seek paid contracts in Europe as opposed to playing a bit part role in the depths of the Whitecaps' system.
Here's a look at some of the more well-known players who are on the bubble and will need to show something extra in the coming days, if they haven't done enough already.
The 20-year-old Ghanian has yet to play an MLS minute, and in training and preseason matches he has done little to show he can usurp any of the starters any time soon. He's still young and at 6'3" an unusually tall central midfielder, but given he takes up an international spot, it may be difficult to justify keeping him on the roster as a long-term project.
A captain at underage level for Canada, transitioning to the professional game has not come as easy for the Kitchener native as some predicted. Like Abdallah, he is just 20 and if both parties are patient he could have a future at this club. In this case, it may not be the Whitecaps that end the relationship – Alderson could ask to leave if he's asked to go out on loan to a lower division as he did last season.
Still a prodigal talent, the 23-year-old Jamaican is an incredibly frustrating personality. It's unlikely Mattocks would be dumped outright, but don't be surprised to see him shipped out of town for a marginal return if he's deemed too distracting to keep around. Such is his makeup, Mattocks could finish the 2014 as the team's top scorer, or could find himself out of any meaningful level of pro soccer within a year or two.
Long seen as a bright spark from the residency program, Fisk may not have enough to usurp the club's current offensive group. While the Whitecaps would likely be happy to keep him around as part of their U-23 setup or perhaps as a player sent out on loan, like Alderson the player may be eager to seek first team football, perhaps abroad.
Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese
The two 17-year-old midfielders are in a similar boat. Both are highly rated young talents that will have no problem finding a club in Europe if they so seek it. But neither are likely ready for first team MLS minutes. Vancouver would no doubt like to keep them in the system, but without a professional contract, there's nothing tying either player to the club, which could create an awkward scenario for Robinson.
Simon Thomas and Daigo Kobayashi
Technically, Vancouver already parted ways with both players when the club opted not to renew the options of both players. But they're both back in camp hoping to make the 'Caps think about giving them another chance.
Kobayashi sounds as if he's willing to take a significant pay cut to return. As for Thomas, he's likely trying to win the backup job – perhaps a big ask given his lack of game time as a professional.