Major League Soccer

Brian White signs Vancouver Whitecaps contract extension

Chris Smith
White was revitalized in Vancouver last season.
White was revitalized in Vancouver last season. / Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

Vancouver Whitecaps striker Brian White has renewed his contract through 2025, with a club option for 2026.

Following his trade from the New York Red Bulls, White enjoyed a remarkable debut campaign with the Whitecaps, scoring 12 goals and assisting another five in 27 regular-season appearances to help Vancouver reach the MLS Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2017.

“Brian has made a huge impact since joining the club last season and for his contributions, he has earned this new multiyear contract,” Sporting director Axel Schuster said in a press release.

“In addition to all the offensive numbers, Brian is our first line of defense and does a lot of the hard work that doesn’t always appear on the stats sheet. Needless to say, we are excited by what we have seen from Brian and where he will go from here. We are very pleased Brian has committed his future to our club and city.”

White's previous best goalscoring season in MLS was in 2019, when he hit the net eight times in 19 regular-season games for the Red Bulls. Following that campaign, he struggled in New Jersey and lost his place in the side. Safe to say, his move north to Canada has been a revitalizing one.

“I am really excited to commit my future to the club,” the striker said. “Since I arrived in Vancouver, it has felt like a match made in heaven. The fans have supported me, the team has played well, and I feel a deep connection with my teammates, coaching staff, everyone at the club and in the city. I am looking forward to building on our success from last season and can’t wait to for what is next.”

White - who signed the new deal on his 26th birthday - will lead the line once again for the Whitecaps in the 2022 MLS season, with their opening match coming away at the Columbus Crew on February 26.