Vancouver Whitecaps Extend Andy O’Brien’s Contract

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The Irish veteran will be at the club until the end of the 2014 season.

Vancouver Whitecaps announced Thursday that centre-back Andy O’Brien has extended his contract with the club.

The new deal will keep the Irish international in Canada for the 2014 MLS season.

“Andy has been an important member of the club both on and off the pitch since joining the ‘Caps last summer,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie on the club’s official website. “I am very pleased that we have locked up Andy for another year.”

O’Brien has made 13 appearances in the league so far this season, all starts, and has not picked up a single card.

“I am extremely happy to sign a contract extension,” said O’Brien. “I am enjoying my time in Vancouver and being a member of Whitecaps FC.”

O’Brien’s experience has undoubtedly aided the ‘Caps in the push for a playoff spot, having spent 16 years in English football.

A centurion of two clubs, O’Brien accumulated 133 appearances for Bradford City in five years and 120 for Newcastle United in four. He was also a part of the Republic of Ireland’s 2002 World Cup Squad – the last World Cup they successfully qualified for.

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