Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced today that they have exercised the contract option of men's team captain Martin Nash for the 2010 season.
Currently in his third spell with the Whitecaps, the 33-year-old will be entering his 10th season with the club, and 14th season in the United Soccer Leagues First Division (USL-1), having signed his current contract back on January 16, 2008.
After being appointed the 19th men's team captain since the club's first season back in 1974 for the 2009 campaign, the native of Victoria, BC, made a USL-1 All-League Team for the fifth time in his career this past season.
Nash was one of five Whitecaps players to appear in over 2,000 minutes of regular season action, with the experienced playmaker scoring four goals and recording three assists in 25 regular season appearances. He also played a key role in Vancouver's playoff run to the 2009 USL-1 Championship Series, having scored a crucial goal on a free kick during the second leg of the playoff semifinal series versus Portland Timbers on October 4. He unfortunately missed the final match of the season on October 17 after being red carded in the first leg of the USL-1 Championship Series versus Montreal Impact at Swangard Stadium on October 10.
Next season, Nash will look to set three new milestones. The midfielder is one match short of 250 career appearances for the club, while he is 15 minutes shy of the 20,000-minute mark as a Whitecaps player. In addition, Nash only needs eight more points to reach the 100-point mark with the club. During his career in Vancouver, Nash has scored 26 goals and recorded 40 assists with the club.
2010 Whitecaps season tickets are now on sale. Season tickets include all men’s and women's team regular season and playoff home matches at Swangard Stadium, Nutrilite Canadian Championship home matches against Toronto FC and Montreal Impact, as well as priority listing for Vancouver MLS 2011 in BC Place. For more information on our 2010 season ticket packages, call 604.669.WAVE (9283) or visit whitecapsfc.com.