Brett Levis

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Monday that the club has exercised the 2018 contract options on seven players.

Defenders Sam Adekugbe, Marcel de Jong, Brett Levis, Jake Nerwinski, Tim Parker, and Kendall Waston, as well as midfielder Tony Tchani all had their options picked up bringing the total number of players under contract for next season to 19.

“We have a solid core group of players, which I’m excited to have returning,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “Obviously we are looking to strengthen and add extra pieces, whether that’s with players we are renegotiating with, as well as players from outside of our club. It’s important we put a bit of freshness into the group, as well as keeping the core, and I think we have a good balance as we move forward to 2018.”