The Vancouver Whitecaps have mutually agreed to part ways with veteran defender Marcel de Jong.

"We are thankful to Marcel for his contributions," Whitecaps head coach Marc Dos Santos said Monday in a team statement. "He has served this club professionally and we wish him well in the future. The move allows Marcel to explore other opportunities, while we continue to make changes to our roster in preparation for the upcoming season."

De Jong, 32, spent three seasons in Vancouver after breaking into the MLS in 2015 with Sporting KC.

The fullback has one goal and five assists in 52 career MLS regular-season appearances.

De Jong has also earned 56 caps and scored three goals with the Canadian national team since 2007.

As part of the contract termination, a portion of de Jong's contract will remain on the 2019 salary budget for Vancouver.

The Whitecaps open the 2019 MLS season at home against Minnesota United on March 2.

--Field Level Media

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