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As Sporting Cristal continue to churn out youngsters at an incredible rate, it appears that one of their recent academy graduates is bound for North America.
Vasco Fry, an 18-year-old midfielder, is joining the USL (second division) affiliate of the Vancouver Whitecaps in Fresno, California for one year, according to Sporting Cristal.
Nuestro canterano y actual jugador de la Reserva, Vasco Fry (Cat. 2000) se sumará a la Reserva de los @WhitecapsFC de Canadá por 1 temporada.
¡Todo lo mejor en esta nueva experiencia! pic.twitter.com/JwpXKTWSyo
— Sporting Cristal (@ClubSCristal) August 9, 2018
The deal comes as a surprise because Fry is not one of the highly touted Cristal players from their recent crop. Alianza Lima’s crop of 2000-born players are held in higher regard. Axel Moyano, also a midfielder, is rapidly rising through the ranks and may be a regular contributor for Peru’s U-20s in 2019.
However, at U-18 level, Fry was a regular starter for Sporting Cristal. He also split time with the reserves in the first half of 2018, although he was on the fringes of the squad.
Fry was also called up to the Peruvian U-17 squad for the Sudamericano Sub-17 tournament last year, logging a total of 21 minutes, when he came on as a substitute in the final match versus Paraguay. It’s worth noting that U-17 team flattered to deceive compared to previous crops.
In terms of his position, Fry has been billed as an attacking midfielder but he’s primarily deployed in a slightly deeper role in a 4-3-3 or 4-1-4-1. Sometimes he drops into a holding position and operates as a regista as well.
One of Fry’s most recognizable traits is his passing. He averaged 60 passes per game (88 per cent completion rate) with the U-18s this season. That is second only to Cristal teammate Anthony Aoki among all Peruvian midfielders born in 2000.
Fry also averages around 0.6 key passes per game, which is in the top five among all No. 8s and No. 6s born in the year 2000.
Fry’s overall weaknesses are his first touch, dribbling and pace (though his acceleration is fine). However, his distribution makes up for most of those deficiencies.
It’s also worth noting that once Fry stepped up to the reserves, he seemingly thrived in situations when he had to dart forward or had to control a pass under pressure. That’s why starting out in USL, which is a clear step above the Torneo de Reservas, could really benefit the young Peruvian.
This is a low-risk, high-reward situation for the Whitecaps. If he shines in Fresno, then Fry has an outside chance to make the first team heading in 2019.