INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven announced on Friday it had agreed terms with Major League Soccer’s Vancouver Whitecaps FC on a transfer deal that will send goalkeeper Evan Newton to the Canadian club, effective immediately. Terms of the transfer that sees Newton head west after two seasons with Indiana’s Team will not be released, per club policy.
“I really want to thank all the players, staff, front office and especially the fans for the last two years of my journey here in Indy,” said Newton. “We’ve had some awesome accomplishments together, and I really hope the club continues to progress as one of the top clubs in the USL Championship. It’s been a pleasure being a part of such a great organization, and I’m truly grateful for all the growth and support they’ve given me throughout my time here.”
Newton is the second player to be acquired by a Major League Soccer club from the Boys in Blue this offseason, following the transfer of 2020 Championship All-League selection Tyler Pasher to Houston Dynamo FC. Indy had re-signed Newton to a new contract last November, but the veteran goalkeeper’s play with the Boys in Blue made it no surprise that he would attract interest from Major League Soccer sides. During the last two USL Championship campaigns, the league’s 2018 Golden Glove winner while at FC Cincinnati compiled a record of 21-15-6, a 1.03 goals-against average, and 12 shutouts across 42 appearances.
“Evan brings a lot of North American experience to our goalkeeper pool and will provide additional veteran leadership to our young group,” said Whitecaps FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos. “This year, the schedule for both domestic and international play will be extremely busy and it's important we are covered in every position. We are very pleased to welcome Evan and his family to our club.”
Newton departs the USL Championship as its career leader in both regular-season shutouts (50) and saves (478). The Virginia Beach native compiled his impressive numbers while backstopping some of the league’s premier squads over the last decade, including Sacramento Republic FC (2016-17), FC Cincinnati (2018), and Indiana’s Team (2019-20). Newton’s addition to an MLS roster comes almost exactly 10 years after his professional career kicked off by being selected in the First Round of the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft by the Houston Dynamo.
“It has been great to get to know Evan and his family over the last two years in Indianapolis. I want to thank him for his contribution to the Indy Eleven,” said Indy Eleven Head Coach Martin Rennie. “He has done an excellent job for the team and I wish him well with the opportunity he now has in front of him.”