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Official: CanMNT striker Lucas Cavallini joins the Vancouver Whitecaps

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The Canadian joins on a three-year deal

Lucas Cavallini (19) seen in action during the Nations... Photo by Angel Marchini/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The worst-kept secret in MLS became a reality on Monday morning, as Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini was announced as the Vancouver Whitecaps’ newest signing.

Cavallini, who turns 27 on December 28, joins the Whitecaps on a three-year contract from Puebla in Mexico. His salary isn’t yet known, but we do know he’ll be a designated player with the Whitecaps.

The Mississauga native has also been purchased from Puebla for Whitecaps-record fee, believed to be around $6 million.

In 81 games for Puebla, Cavallini scored 28 goals and added 8 assists.

Since making his debut in 2012 for the Canadian men’s national team, Cavallini has made 17 appearances with the senior team and has found the back of the net 11 times, leaving him tied for eighth all-time with teenager Jonathan David — 11 back of Dwayne de Rosario's record of 22.