May 16, 2018 / 2:52 AM / 8 months ago

Whitecaps extend D de Jong through 2019

The Vancouver Whitecaps signed defender Marcel de Jong to a contract extension through 2019, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms of the deal, which includes an option for 2020, were not disclosed.

De Jong, 31, has been with the Whitecaps the past three seasons and has started 22 of the 28 regular-season matches he’s appeared in during that time. He leads the team with 18 interceptions and is third with 13 tackles won in eight starts this season.

“Since his first day with the club, Marcel has been the consummate professional,” Vancouver coach Carl Robinson said in a statement. “He’s a competitor, he sets the standard at training, and we’ve seen the results on the pitch. Marcel and his family have embraced Vancouver and this club and we are thrilled to have Marcel agree.”

DeJong, a left back, joins captain and center back Kendall Waston and right back Jake Nerwinski in signing extensions this year.

“I am thankful to Whitecaps FC for their continued support and belief in me,” de Jong said in a release. “Vancouver is home for my family and I will keep doing everything in my power for this amazing club and city. Also, a special thanks to our amazing fans, your support means the world to us.”

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