Whitecaps FC reveals 2019 Season

WhitecapsFCThis week, Whitecaps FC and the MLS revealed the 2019 schedule kicking off the preseason February 8, 2019 in Honolulu, HI.  Home fans will get their first look at new coach Marc Dos Santos’ new look team when 34 regular season  gets underway March 2nd hosting Minnesota United FC at home in BC Place.

Vancouver’s regular season includes a home and away game against each Western Conference team, and one match either home or away against Eastern Conference clubs, including a visit to expansion side FC Cincinnati on August 3 ,and a visit from Wayne Rooney’s D.C. United on August 17 at BC Place

In celebration of the historic 1979 NASL Soccer Bowl triumph by the “team from the Village of Vancouver”, Whitecaps FC will host an anniversary match on August 31 against New York City FC, reminiscent of the 2-leg semi-final victory over New York Cosmos at Giants Stadium which sent the Whitecaps to the Soccer Bowl.

Whitecaps Pride Night

Other highlights of the season include Cascadia Cup home fixtures against Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers in March and May, a visit from Canadian rivals Toronto FC on May 31st.   Community matches include, Jeans Day, in support of BC Children’s Hospital FoundationSaturday, April 27 vs. Philadelphia Union.  Pride Night is Saturday, May 25 vs. FC Dallas and the annual Legends & Stars Charity Match takes place Saturday, September 14 vs. Houston Dynamo.  

The season on Decision Day, as all league matches kick off  at 1 p.m. PT. The ‘Caps host Western Conference rival Real Salt Lake at BC Place in the regular season finale.  The new fixed-bracket, single-elimination format for the Audi 2019 MLS Cup Playoffs begins on October 19 with the 2019 MLS Cup is set for November 10.

The 2019 Canadian Championships schedule is still to be announced.  For more details and information on the Whitecaps FC 2019 season visit whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC debut 2018 MLS Season Schedule

WhitecapsFCSoccer fans can start planning their calendars, as the Whitecaps FC MLS 2018 schedule is revealed.
Between opening day, March 4th and decision day on October 28th fans can look forward to 34 Whitecaps FC matches, 17 at home in BC Place.  The season is bookended by matches against fierce rivals, opening at home against Montreal Impact and, for the third season in a row, ending the season against Cascadia rivals, Portland Timbers.
With the addition of the expansion Los Angeles Football Club the Western Conference teams will face each other twice each, home and away, except Whitecaps FC will play San Jose Earthquakes which face WFC three times.  Eastern teams once again face Western teams once each, in the opposite city of their 2017 matches.  Besides a break June 14 – 22 for the FIFA World Cup 2018 group matches, fans won’t have to go long between home matches at BC Place as the team doesn’t play more than two matches back to back on the road.

In addition to Opening Day and Decision Day some highlight home matches to look out for include:

Saturday, March 24 vs LA Galaxy
Friday, April 13 vs LA Football Club (expansion club debut, Daffodil Day in support of Canadian Cancer Society)
Friday, April 27 vs Real Salt Lake (Jeans Day for BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)
Saturday, June 9 vs Orlando City SC (#BuckUp For Mental Health in support of Covenant House Vancouver)
Sunday, July 1 vs Colorado Rapids (Canada Day at BC Place)

Whitecaps Pride

Saturday, July 28 vs Minnesota United FC (Pride Night)
Saturday, August 18 vs New York Red Bulls
Saturday, September 15 vs Seattle Sounders (preceded by Legends & Stars Charity Match in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation)

The Canadian Championship match schedule will be released at a later date. For full schedule listings and ticketing information visit whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC defeat Toronto FC in season opener

Whitecaps FC vs Toronto FC – Saturday March 2, 2013 – BC Place

Making their 3rd MLS season debut under the roof of BC Place, Vancouver Whitecaps FC took on Toronto FC before a sell out crowd.  Both

Southsiders get ready for a new season
Southsiders get ready for a new season

Canadian teams have made a number of off-season changes, Vancouver bringing in a collection of new and experienced players. J-League veteran Daigo Kobayashi and Nigel Reo-Coker most recently of English side, Ipswich Town FC brought seasons of experience with them to the MLS to help the younger players; Kekuta Manneh, Erik Hurtado and Brad Rusin who all saw action in the season opener.
Once kick-off started the match, delayed due to televised curling running long, the first half got off to a tentative start for the hosts but the away team didn’t seem to be applying too much pressure allowing the Whitecaps time to settle in.  Captain Jay Demerit left the field after 7minutes for a undisclosed injury, resulting in an early start for Rusin. Some good moments of action followed but were offset by some missed passes and turnoveDaigors kept the scoreline at nil-nil at the half. Upon the restart and inclusion of Reo-Coker, seemed to ignite the team and audience as he got his first MLS touch on the ball.   Much more lively play followed throughout the second half, resulting in the winning goal from Koffie in the 59th minute. Overall, fans and players seemed to be pleased with the resulting 1 – nil start to the season, especially at the expense of rivals TFC.

Next home match for Whitecaps FC is March 9th at 4:30pm in BC Place, versus Columbus Crew.

Whitecaps FC keep the ball rolling

Whitecaps FC defend their lead against Colorado wearing new third kits

June is a good month for soccer. There’s lot’s of football on TV with Euro 2012 into the quarter final stage and after a two week lay0ff, the MLS Whitecaps FC returned with three home games in two weeks. Earning 7 of a possible 9 points from the homestand, Whitecaps haven’t lost since early May, moving them into 3rd place in the Western Conference.
Debuting a new jersey and a new designated player, the Whitecaps are making the most of being “Vancouver’s team” while they are the only active team in town, between the end of the Canucks season and the start of the Vancouver Canadians and BC Lions.
Adding a third jersey gives the team added merchandising revenue, the “Arbutus Brown with Sky Blue accents” jersey was met with mixed reviews on its unveiling but I think once people saw it in action during a win against Colorado, the success on the field helped turn opinion.  The third kit can be purchased exclusively from a special kiosk located on Terry Fox Plaza at BC Place until June 24th, after which they move to retailers like Sport Chek.
The ‘Caps introduced their latest designated player, Barry Robson to media and public but fans have to wait until the North American transfer window opens June 27th, before he can make his on-field debut. The Scottish international comes to Vancouver after two seasons at Middlesbrough FC in the English Football League Championship.  The 33year old midfielder has made 16 appearances for the Scottish national team, earning credit for one international goal.  Scoring 17 goals in his tenure at Middlesbrough, Robson “is a versatile box-to-box midfielder that can play in several positions, with the ability to create and score goals. Barry will be a great addition to our squad.” said coach Martin Rennie

Everyone celebrates Whitecaps FC good form

With the Whitecaps on a long road trip we will have to wait until July 17th to get our first site of Robson on the BC Place turf.
Hopefully the designated player proves himself and earns a place on the team by helping Whitecaps FC maintain their current form.

 

Whitecaps FC: Home is where the advantage is?

Whitecaps celebrate a goal on the way to victory over Chicago Fire
Empire Field scoreboard 4 - 2
Hopefully we see more final scores like this next season!

Following a fine home win August 7th against Chicago it was another loss for the Whitecaps FC as they are on the road. With a 3-3-5 record at home but a dismal 0-9-4 on the road it’s obvious home is where the heart is for Vancouver’s Whitecaps. Although Empire Field is only their temporary home while awaiting the completion of BC Place, the fans have turned it into one of the best atmospheres in the league and have become a formidable 12th man.  How much does the atmosphere help the ‘caps, we’ll never know but it’s clear road games are not good for the team’s standings.  Vancouver has one of the furthest travel times but that can’t be the only reason why they can’t seem to break down teams in their home stands.  While this season is far from over, it seems like a forgone conclusion that the Whitecaps will have a hard time moving out of the MLS basement.
What can Vancouver do to improve its standings next season? They’ve fired a coach and hired a new one Martin Rennie of the top ranked NASL Carolina Railhawks to take on the role next season.  More signings will certainly happen but they’ve already changed up the roster, numerous times, to no avail.  Will moving into BC Place in October make a difference? The atmosphere will definitely be different in a venue twice as large but we’ll see what the fans can do to keep the momentum going into next season.  Hopefully a downtown location will only mean more fans coming out to support the team!

What are your thoughts on how the team’s doing and what they could be doing?

Whitecaps FC – MLS Kickoff!

It seems even mother nature is a Whitecaps FC fan! The sun and 22,000 fans came out to Empire Field on a bright Saturday afternoon to witness the debut of MLS soccer in Vancouver.

Kick off Celebrations

The storied Vancouver Whitecaps franchise has moved into the ‘big leagues’ and from the showing they displayed, they deserve to be there! Granted it was a match against Canadian rivals Toronto FC, who are perpetual bottom dwellers in the MLS table, but the enthusiasm and skills of the Vancouver side overcame the experienced eastern team.
An ocean of white erupted as designated player Eric Hassli opened the Whitecaps account with a lovely goal in the first half and three more Vancouver goals followed (along with two Toronto ones, but we’ll gloss over those)

All eyes on the ball!

After the first goal broke the ice, the crowd really let lose, the casual fans being carried away by the spirited die-hards who’ve been longing for Whitecaps FC to take its rightful  place among the top tier.  When local boy, Terry Dunfield scored the volume rose even higher as Whitecaps drums were pounded and scarves where thrust into the sky.

The organization did a brilliant job of encouraging but also allowing the spirit and enthusiasm for the team grow organically.  With a countdown to the big match ad campaign nudging this home opener to the top of city’s conscientiousness the rest happened on it’s own.  At game day the crowds were early and ready for the action and the team didn’t disappoint, with a kick off celebration that included new BC Premier Christie Clark and NBA (and part-owner) Steve Nash beating the drums to welcome the players onto the pitch. A multi-cultural drum line was in the upper levels of the stands to help ‘drum’ up support but even without them I think this opening match would have ‘beat’ any other sporting event in the city for atmosphere. Mascot Winger was always a huge part of generating the cheers and noise around the games at Swangard Stadium but here in the large venue it’s harder for a little bird to make his rounds. It didn’t matter, the crowd shouted their own cheers (and jeers to the TFC fans) without any prompting from the winged mascot. With each goal the joy grew and grew until the closing whistle and it spilled out into the street around Empire Field and the party moved on.

Scarves Up!!

A solid season ticket base, an enthusiastic supporters club in the Southsiders leading the cheers, and a talent team on and off the pitch all combine to elevate the team to a major force of spirit.  The word of mouth from this display of Whitecaps fever will definitely spread through the city ensuring all games will have this amazing feeling (hopefully mother nature feels the same way and keeps us dry)