Major League Soccer

Vancouver Whitecaps sign Tristan Blackmon to contract extension through 2023

Lizzy Becherano
Tristan Blackmon signs contract extension with the Vancouver Whitecaps
Tristan Blackmon signs contract extension with the Vancouver Whitecaps / Abbie Parr/GettyImages

The Vancouver Whitecaps have re-signed defender Tristan Blackmon to a contract extension through the 2023 season with options for 2024 and 2025.

The defender has become an integral part of Vanni Sartini's three-at-the-back system, starting him in all three regular-season matches of the 2022 campaign. 

“Since joining the club in December, Tristan has proven to be a great addition and we are pleased to have him commit for the long term to our club and city,” sporting director Axel Schuster said in a release.

Blackmon first arrived to the Canadian side during the offseason, joining from Charlotte FC. The defender spent his first four seasons of his professional career with LAFC, making 63 appearances and featuring for the side that lifted the 2019 Supporters' Shield. 

LAFC left Blackmon unprotected ahead of the 2022 Expansion draft, inspiring Charlotte FC to select the player in exchange for $475,000 in General Allocation Money. The North Carolina side then traded Blackmon immediately to the Vancouver Whitecaps.

The Whitecaps go into week four of the Major League Soccer season without a win, after one draw and two losses in their first three games. The Canadian side travels to Los Angeles on Sunday to face LAFC.