Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced yesterday the signing of defender Chris Pozniak — pending international clearance. Pozniak last played with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

“Chris brings a wealth of experience and quality to our back end,” said Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi.

In four games with Chivas this season, the Canadian defender started three. Last year, Pozniak was a regular with Toronto FC before being taken by San Jose in the 2007 MLS Expansion Draft.