S. Korea defender joins Major League Soccer

06 December 2011 04:16

South Korean international defender Lee Young-Pyo has signed a deal with Major League Soccer club the Vancouver Whitecaps, reports said Tuesday.

Lee agreed to the deal Monday evening in the Canadian city, his agency, Jissen, said in a statement quoted by Yonhap news agency.

"The deal is for one year, with another year as a club option," the agency said, without disclosing details of the contract. The agency could not be reached for comment.

The club would be a sixth team for 34-year-old Lee, who started his professional career at Anyang LG Cheetahs, the predecessor of FC Seoul, in South Korea.

His overseas career began in 2003 when he joined Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, then managed by Guus Hiddink, who led South Korea to the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup.

Lee also played for English Premier League outfit Tottenham Hotspur, the German Bundesliga's Borussia Dortmund and Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal.

Lee, who played in three World Cups, retired from South Korea's national team earlier this year.

Source: AFP