86 Forever: From Anger To Satisfaction In The Span Of A Nap

It's hard to imagine many people were more upset with the Vancouver Whitecaps picking of O'Brian White than 86 Forever's Benjamin Massey.

The closest thing to a bright side with White is that, thanks to a chronically bad knee, he is injured often enough that you don't have to watch him play too much. There is nothing to like about O'Brian White and I was in true despair when the Whitecaps selected him.

Luckily, Massey works some odd hours and went to bed shortly after the draft.

Four hours later, I woke up and everything was okay again. The useless players were, almost to a man, gone. In their place came allocation money, international spots, and even a draft pick. We had taken liabilities and turned them into assets. The whole affair wound up being quite cunning, and I practically tittered with glee.

With the trades of White, Alejandro Moreno, Alan Gordon and Sanna Nyassi in the rearview mirror, Massey came away feeling pretty good about the Whitecaps' efforts. They don't have many actual bodies to show for it - only seven players are currently under contract and one of them may not be allowed to join them next year - but they do have plenty of bullets to fire in the coming months.

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