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Residency product agrees to multi-year extension with the Blue & White.

VANCOUVER – Two days into the summer transfer window, Vancouver Whitecaps FC's first order of business was to secure the future of one of their Homegrown talents.

On Friday afternoon, the 'Caps confirmed that midfielder Russell Teibert had agreed to a multi-year extension with the Major League Soccer outfit. Per league and club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

“I am extremely proud to be a member of this club,” Teibert said in a statement. “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.”

Though only 21 years of age, Teibert is the Whitecaps longest-serving player, having initially joined Vancouver during the Residency program's second year of existence in 2008. The Niagara Falls, Ontario, native's progress led to the 'Caps signing Teibert to a Homegrown contract prior to the start of the club's inaugural MLS season in 2011.

Last term proved to be the Canadian international's breakout year with Vancouver, as Teibert scored his first two professional goals and recorded a club-record nine assists. Those efforts earned the hard-working midfielder a 10th-place ranking in the league's annual 24 under 24 series.

His ability to be a leader on the pitch was rewarded with the captain's armband during both legs of Vancouver's Amway Canadian Championship semifinal series versus former club Toronto FC earlier this season. On Wednesday, Teibert was named to the 20-man roster for the inaugural MLS Homegrown Game in Portland, Oregon, on August 4.

“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.”

Whitecaps FC return to MLS action on Saturday night when they host in-form Western Conference rivals Chivas USA at BC Place.

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