Today, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced the club has re-signed defensive midfielder and Designated Player Matias Laba to a multi-year contract extension.
Laba, 23, joined the ‘Caps in 2014 in a trade with Toronto FC, and has since led the team to more regular season clean sheets (26) than any other team in the league. The Argentinian has recorded a league-high 303 tackles since joining Whitecaps FC, and has the second-most interceptions (168) among all midfielders in that time.
“I have truly enjoyed my first two seasons in Vancouver,” Laba said in a release. “I am thankful to Robbo and the club for having faith in me and bringing me here. This club has become like my family and it has a lot of potential to do big things. I look forward to being a part of that.”
Matias Laba by the numbers last season (2015)
- 81 interceptions (4th in MLS midfielders)
- 200 duels won (4th in MLS)
- 152 tackles (most in MLS)
- 1,134 successful passes (team-high)
- 83.02 passing accuracy (2nd on team)
- 235 recoveries (team-high)
“Since joining the club in late February 2014, Matias has been exceptional both on and off the pitch,” Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson said. “His skill, professionalism, and commitment are exemplary, and we are thrilled he will continue to be a foundational members of Whitecaps FC moving forward.”
This season, Laba helped Whitecaps FC win their first-ever Voyageurs Cup as Amway Canadian Champions and a second place finish in the MLS Western Conference. The ‘Caps finished off with their most successful season in club MLS history, reaching the Western Conference Semifinals for the first time.