01/14/2015 07:01 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT

Vancouver Whitecaps acquire centre back Diego Rodriguez on one-year loan

VANCOUVER - The Vancouver Whitecaps acquired centre back Diego Rodriguez on a one-year loan with a transfer option from Club Atletico Juventud de Las Piedras of the Uruguayan Primera Division on Wednesday.

The deal is pending receipt of his international transfer certificate, the Whitecaps said in a release.

Rodriguez, 24, made 20 starts with Juventud over the last two seasons.

"Diego is a technically sound left-footed centre back with great upside," said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "He brings experience from both South America and Europe and we are excited to welcome him to our club."