Nick Salihamidžić’s multi-season loan from Bayern Munich II to Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 is now official; everything signed and club announcements made. Right-back and son of Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić will get his chance to compete in the MLS NEXT Pro league until the end of his 2023 season.
From the Whitecaps announcement posted on the club’s website:
“We are delighted to welcome Nick to Vancouver as he embarks on the next stage of his career,” said Whitecaps FC Sporting Director Axel Schuster. “Part of our goal with Whitecaps FC 2 is to help develop players in a competitive environment and guide them to their highest potential. Nick has been part of a very strong development structure at Bayern Munich and we are looking forward to working with him.
MLS NEXT Pro is the affiliate league of Major League Soccer, made up primarily of MLS reserve teams. It was launched in 2022 and is considered part of the third tier of soccer in the United States. But if Nick does well, a call to the first team – and MLS proper – isn’t out of the question. And according to previous reports, exposure to first-team training is part of the plan.
This Whitecaps first team, of course, is where Alphonso Davies first rose to prominence.
Nick will be wearing #41, and the team posted an Instagram reel of his presentation:
The European transfer window doesn’t sync very well with MLS schedules, but at least that was wrapped up early enough in the transfer window for Nick to get into the current season, which ends in September. He had started in March and has 24 games, nine of which remain.
Long live a productive and positive experience for the young man!