Homegrown midfielder agrees to multi-year extension
July 12,2014(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that the club has re-signed Canadian midfielder Russell Teibert to a multi-year deal. Per Major League Soccer and club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
WHITECAPS FC MIDFIELDER RUSSELL TEIBERT
– Longest-serving member of Whitecaps FC
– Tied the club record of nine assists in 2013
– Captained Whitecaps FC during the 2014 Amway Canadian Championship
– Named to roster for 2014 MLS Homegrown Game
– 10th in Major League Soccer’s 24 under 24 list in 2013
– Two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year; seven senior caps
“Russell is a big part of our club and will continue to be for a number of years,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “I’ve said it before but Russell is going to be the future captain of the club. He leads by example on and off the field, is one of the fittest players in the league, and has a fantastic understanding of the game.”
Teibert, 21, joined Whitecaps FC’s Residency program during its second year of existence in 2008 and has been a member of the club ever since. After spending two plus years within the club’s developmental setup, the Niagara Falls, Ontario native signed a Homegrown contract prior to the start of Vancouver’s inaugural MLS season in 2011.
“I am extremely proud to be a member of this club,” added Teibert. “Since arriving in Vancouver when I was 15, the city has embraced me and I am very thankful. This club is heading in the right direction and I’m excited to be a part of its future.”
In MLS competition, Teibert has appeared in 53 matches, recording two goals and 10 assists. The versatile midfielder burst onto the MLS scene in 2013, scoring his first two professional goals in a 3-1 win over LA Galaxy and recording a team-high nine assists – tying the club record. His breakout season earned him a 10th-place ranking in the league’s annual 24 under 24 series.
More recently, Teibert captained Whitecaps FC during their two Amway Canadian Championship matches in May 2014 and was named to the 20-man roster that will take part in the 2014 Chipotle MLS Homegrown Game on August 4 in Portland.
Internationally, Teibert has earned seven caps with the Canadian senior men’s national team after making his debut in August 2012 at the age of 19 years old. The two-time Canadian U-17 Player of the Year also started all four of his appearances with the Canadian men’s U-23 side during their qualifying campaign for the 2012 Men’s Olympic Football Tournament.
Weight: 150 pounds
Date of Birth: December 22, 1992, in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Status: Domesitic Homegrown
Previous Club: Vancouver Whitecaps FC (USSF D-2 Pro League)
How Acquired: Signed to a MLS Generation adidas Homegrown contract by Whitecaps FC on March 17, 2011