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The Vancouver Whitecaps have locked up a key piece of their backline, signing veteran right back Jake Nerwinski to a new two-year contract.

The agreement will see the 26-year-old from Lawrenceville, N.J., play for the Whitecaps through the 2022 season with a club option for 2023.

Nerwinski has 98 starts and 105 appearances across all competitions for the ‘Caps and has registered three goals and eight assists.

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Picked seventh over all by Vancouver in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft, he is the second-longest tenured player on the Whitecaps roster behind homegrown midfielder Russell Teibert.

Coach Marc Dos Santos said in a statement that Nerwinski consistently puts in the work behind the scenes and sets a good example for younger players.

The Whitecaps are scheduled to open training camp later this month.

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