Vancouver Whitecaps playmaker Davide Chiumiento is leaving MLS to join FC Zurich.
The club made the announcement Wednesday prior to a matchup with Toronto FC.
“Davide has been a very good player and ambassador for Whitecaps FC during his time with the club,” head coach Martin Rennie said in a club statement. “This is a great opportunity for him to be closer to his family while continuing his soccer career. We would like to thank Davide for all of his contributions to the club and wish him the best of luck in the future.”
The former Swiss international re-unites with coach Rolf Fringer, after the pair worked together during Chiumiento’s spell with Swiss side FC Lucerne.
Chiumiento played 42 matches with the Whitecaps over two seasons in Major League Soccer, and two games with the club in USSF-D2, North America’s second division at the time.
The Swiss-Italian was one of the team’s most recognizable faces, and was a fan favorite for his dribbling ability and sense of humor.
“I have really enjoyed my time in Vancouver and I would like to thank the fans, the club, and my teammates for all of their support,” said Chiumiento. “It’s been two great years but now I look forward to the next chapter of my career, which will fortunately bring me closer to my family.”
After being in and out of the lineup this season, Chiumiento had established himself as a first-choice left-sided attacker, and been instrumental in helping the club to a joint third place position in the MLS Western Conference.
The club did not release financial details of the transfer.
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