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Vancouver Whitecaps FC acquire Maltese international striker Etienne Barbara

Barbara won the NASL MVP last season as a member of Martin Rennie's Carolina RailHawks

The Vancouver Whitecaps have announced the acquisition of Maltese international striker Etienne Barbara, pending receipt of his international transfer certificate. Per league policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Barbara, 29, played the last two seasons with North American Soccer League club Carolina RailHawks, under now-Vancouver head coach Martin Rennie.

“Etienne is an aggressive, powerful player that is determined to succeed,” Rennie said. “He brings versatility to our lineup both as a wide midfielder or a striker.”

Last season, Barbara led Carolina to the 2011 NASL regular season championship with 20 goals and eight assists in 27 appearances. For his efforts, Barbara won the NASL Golden Boot and was named the league’s MVP.

Barbara is a Malta international, and has scored three goals in 30 total appearances for his country.

Prior to his time with Carolina, the 6-foot-0, 190-pound forward spent much of his professional career in the Maltese Premier League, scoring 73 goals over 10 seasons.

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