The Vancouver Whitecaps added defender Ranko Veselinovic on loan from his club in the Serbian SuperLiga on Sunday, filling a need on the back line less than three weeks before the start of the regular season.

The loan for the 20-year-old also has an option to buy, according to, and was completed with targeted allocation money.

Veselinovic still needs to complete paperwork before joining the team in camp and will occupy an international roster spot.

Despite his age, Veselinovic already was named captain of FK Vojvodina in Serbia. He made his professional debut in September 2017, making 64 appearances.

"We were looking to add another center back to our roster since November, so this move has been in the works for a while, and at the same time we wanted to bring in the right player," Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos said in a release. "We want to be a club that promotes young players and with the potential that Ranko brings, with his characteristics and profile, we felt this is a very good opportunity for everyone involved."

--Field Level Media

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