Defender Tristan Blackmon is going to be sticking around Los Angeles for a little while.
Los Angeles FC announced Wednesday that it and the 23-year-old defender had agreed to a contract extension through the 2022 season, with a club option for the 2023 campaign.
Specifics of the contract weren’t released, but it’s likely that Blackmon got a raise. According to figures released by the MLS Players Association, he was the seventh lowest paid player on LAFC’s roster in 2019, earning a guaranteed compensation of $72,983.
“We are grateful to have agreed to a contract extension with Tristan that will keep him with us for the foreseeable future,” LAFC general manager John Thorrington said in a statement. “Tristan has shown great progress over these last two years, which leaves us incredibly excited for his bright future here at LAFC.”
In 2019 – his second season with LAFC – Blackmon played in 18 games and started 15 of them. He scored once, dished out five assists and logged a total of 1,377 minutes on the pitch. He was twice named to MLS Team of the Week.
Blackmon began the 2019 season on-loan with USL Championship side Phoenix Rising FC, but rejoined LAFC in late April, helping them claim the 2019 Supporters’ Shield. He played in all three of the club’s U.S. Open Cup contests and started both of its postseason matches too.
Across all contests, he has appeared in 35 matches for LAFC, featuring at right back and center back.
The 6-foot-1 defender was LAFC’s second MLS SuperDraft pick as an expansion side, taken third overall in 2018. Blackmon played his college soccer at Pacific, where he scored 16 goals in 70 games.
LAFC will play its first meaningful soccer match of 2020 on Feb. 18, when it travels to León, Mexico to take on Club León in Concacaf Champions League play.
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