The longest-serving player in the MLS history of Vancouver has signed a new contract with the club.
Midfielder Russell Teibert
, 24, has agreed to
a new, three-year contract at undisclosed terms, the team announced Wednesday. Since signing a Homegrown Player contract in 2011 at the start of Vancouver’s first MLS season, Teibert has scored
two goals and registered 15 assists in 141 first-team games (101 starts) in all competitions during his six professional seasons.
Teibert’s MLS playing time has dipped the past two
seasons. After playing 76 games from 2013 to 2015, he made just 12 appearances last year and 11 in 2017. The club declined an option on Teibert’s previous contract and though eligible for the
Re-Entry Draft he chose to negotiate a new deal. According to MLSPU salary figures his guaranteed compensation in 2017 was $194,000.
The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, has earned 20
caps (seven starts) and scored one goal for Canada, and is the all-time leader in Canadian Championship appearances with 19. He first joined the Whitecaps as a member of their residency program in
“Russell has matured and grown with this club and he will continue to The be a key member of the team in the coming years,” said Robinson in a team press
release announcing the agreement. “He's a model professional who, if playing or not, never changes his mentality or will for the team to win. You need passionate and driven players like that in
your squad. Russell’s hard work and determination will continue to push the group.”
The ‘Caps declined options on 11 other players
and renewed the deals of seven others. Teibert’s return
brings the current roster up to 21 players. Last week the club signed
Venezuelan striker Anthony Blondell
, 23, using Targeted Allocation Money (TAM). 2018 Vancouver Whitecaps
Stefan Marinovic, Spencer Richey (on loan with FC Cincinnati through Dec. 31, 2018). Defenders:
*Sam Adekugbe, *Marcel de Jong, *Brett Levis,
Aaron Maund, *Jake Nerwinski, *Tim Parker, *Kendall Waston. Midfielders:
Alphonso Davies, Deybi Flores (on loan with Motagua through June 30, 2018), Aly Ghazal, Nicolas Mezquida, Yordy
Reyna, *Tony Tchani, Cristian Techera, Russell Teibert. Forwards:
Anthony Blondell (Monagas/VEN, Transfer), Erik Hurtado, Bernie Ibini, Brek Shea.
*2018 options picked up.