A versatile defender capable of being deployed as a centre back, fullback or wingback, Tristan Blackmon was acquired by Whitecaps FC in a trade with Charlotte FC after the 2022 expansion side selected him in the expansion draft.
LOS ANGELES FC
('18-21'): Blackmon spent four seasons with Los Angeles FC after being drafted third overall in the 2018 MLS SuperDraft. The 25-year-old made 69 MLS appearances for Los Angeles FC including MLS Cup Playoffs and MLS is Back Knockout Round, while helping the club claim the MLS Supporters' Shield in 2019. Blackmon also made five appearances in US Open Cup and five starts in Concacaf Champions League, including three wins over Liga MX opposition, as LAFC made the CCL final.
PHOENIX RISING FC
('18 & '19): During his first two seasons with LAFC, Blackmon had two separate loan stints with USL side Phoenix Rising FC making 13 appearances (including playoffs) and helping the team make a run to the 2018 USL Cup Final in the USL Cup Playoffs, falling 1-0 in the final to Louisville City FC. Along with the final itself, Blackmon started the Western Conference quarter-final against Swope Park Rangers and the Western Conference Final against Orange County.
Before being drafted by Los Angeles FC, the Las Vegas, Nevada native made 71 appearances for the University of the Pacific across four seasons and helped the side reach round two of the 2017 NCAA tournament, starting both matches. Blackmon was also awarded the West Coast Conference Defender of the Year in 2017, was named to the First Team All-Far West Region and the First Team All-West Coast Conference teams in both 2016 and 2017, as well as the West Coast Conference All-Freshman team in 2014 during his time at UOP.