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 Announce 2017 Schedule

While Vancouver is in the deep freeze of winter, it’s hard to believe that our Whitecaps FC will return to the pitch at BC Place in just a few short weeks.

The previously announced Concacaf Champions League (CCL) match on March 2, 2017 versus New York Red Bulls is our first chance to get a look at this season’s Whitecaps line up.

The MLS schedule was revealed for the whole 2017 season this week.  Just days after taking on the NY Red Bulls in CCL action the team returns to BC Place to host Philadelphia Union on March 5th.

After the home opening, other highlights of the season include a March 19th visit by Toronto FC, April 1 brings LA Galaxy to Vancouver and FC Dallas visits June 17 followed by NYC FC on July 5th.  Voyageur Cup action comes just from the one visit by Toronto FC, Montreal Impact do not visit Vancouver this year.
Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders visit on April 14 and August 23 with Portland Timbers on July 23 with hopes that Vancouver will retains its Cascadia crown.

The full 2017 home schedule at BC Place is;

March 2  – CCL – New York Red Bulls
March 5  – MLS – Philadelphia Union
March 18 – MLS – Toronto FC
April 1 – MLS – LA Galaxy
April 14 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
May 20 – MLS – Sporting Kansas City
May 27 – MLS – DC United
June 3 – MLS – Atlanta United FC
June 17 – MLS – FC Dallas
July 5 – MLS – New York City FC
July 23 – MLS – Portland Timbers
August 19  – MLS – Houston Dynamo
August 23 – MLS – Seattle Sounders
September 9 – MLS – Real Salt Lake
September 13 – MLS – Minnesota United FC
September 16 – MLS –  Columbus Crew
September 23 – MLS – Colorado Rapids
October 15 – MLS – San Jose Earthquakes

Hopefully we’ll see some additional CCL matched plus a playoff run to wrap up the season with some hardware.

For the complete Whitecaps FC MLS schedule visit whitecapsfc.com

 

Whitecaps FC debut 2013 primary kit

Just in time for the start of the new season, Whitecaps FC unveiled their new primary kit at an exclusive season ticket holder / media event on Wednesday night. A big crowd turned out to Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station to see the new home and training kit, modelled by players and fans, meet some of the players as well as take part in a question & answer period with President Bobby Lenarduzzi, Captain Jay Demerit and Coach Martin Rennie.  The new kit will be worn for the first time when the ‘Caps host Canadian arch rivals Toronto FC in the opening match of the 2013 season, Saturday March 2nd.

An evolution of the Whitecaps original MLS kit launched in June 2010, the new kit is inspired by the city of Vancouver, its breathtaking landscape, and the primary elements of the club’s brand, logo, and colours.

The jersey is glacier white with diagonal stripes in deep sea and sky blue. These diagonal stripes connect to a rounded sky blue and deep sea blue neckline representing the continuum from sea to sky. On the back collar of the jersey, highlighting the club’s 39 year history, is the tag “Since 1974”. In addition the “We Are Whitecaps” is emblazoned on the lower left side of the body. The jersey is complemented by the ‘Caps logo on the left chest, the Canadian flag proudly displayed on the left arm, and the MLS logo on the right arm. It has a sleeker silhouette, and features lightweight fabric, which team Captain Jay Demerit stated he enjoyed and made it easier to play in, which will hopefully enhance the on pitch play as well.

The jersey is available in both long and short sleeve versions and on sale now online at the whitecaps shop or see it for yourself at BC Place this weekend.

Whitecaps FC announce 2013 MLS Schedule

IMG_3943The Whitecaps FC third MLS season gets underway on Saturday March 2, 2013 at BC Place as Vancouver kicks off against rivals Toronto FC, the first match in a 34 game regular season schedule.
Whitecaps FC will play each of their fellow MLS Western Conference opponents three times and play Eastern Conference opponents once each.  Four Western Conference clubs will visit Vancouver twice  – Cascadia Cup rivals Portland Timbers (May 18, Oct 6), defending MLS Cup champions LA Galaxy (May 11, Aug 24), as well as Chivas USA (Jun 19, Sep 1) and Real Salt Lake (Apr 13, Sep 28).  In addition to hosting Toronto for the season opener, the ‘Caps will host four other Eastern Conference clubs; Columbus Crew (Mar 9), New England Revolution (Jun 15), Chicago Fire (Jul 14), and Philadelphia Union (Jul 27) at BC Place.
Other highlights of the 2013 season include the 3 meetings with Cascadia Cup challengers, Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers plus a visit to NASL’s FC Edmonton on April 24 and hosting them on May 1 as part of the Amway Canadian Championship. Should they prevail over FC Edmonton the ACC Finals are played May 15 and 29 against the winner of the Toronto v Montreal semi-final.
The 2013 regular season wraps up October 27, 2013, followed by the top ten clubs moving on to the 2013 MLS Cup Playoffs. Hopefully, we’ll see Whitecaps FC make the post season for a second straight year and advance even further in 2013!
For details on the full schedule visit Whitecapsfc.com

Whitecaps FC & MLS Announce 2012 Season Schedule

Whitecaps new season kicks off at BC Place, March 10, 2012

MLS soccer unveiled its 2012 schedule this week, with 323 matches spread over 267 days it is the longest MLS regular season in league history and promises to be action packed.  Aimed at reducing the heavy travel burden for the geographically largest league on the planet, local rivalries will heat up as teams within the same divisions play each other more often. Whitecaps FC will play the other Western Division clubs three times this season and each Eastern club only once. While this does reduce the clubs travel miles, which were the leagues highest in 2011, it means fans will have to wait a year to see some of the Eastern clubs who only host Whitecaps this season, like Chicago, Columbus and Toronto.
The Whitecaps kick off their first full season at BC Place on March 10th, by hosting their old USL nemesis, the Eastern Division expansion team, Montreal Impact, a match that is sure to be lively and fired up from the kick off.  Unlike last season, hopefully some of the league’s marquee designated players, like David Beckham and Thierry Henry will travel with their clubs when New York crosses the continent on June 20th and LA Galaxy visit, July 18th. Cascadia Cup rivals Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers’ fans will be able to build on their decades long rivalries as Vancouver hosts Seattle twice and Portland once this season. This means the Vancouver fans will be booking their charter bus to Portland twice and Seattle once. With the second to last home match against Seattle and the last versus Portland the Cascadia Cup won’t be decided until the end of the season.  Vancouver wraps up the regular season away to Real Salt Lake but hopefully this year, Whitecaps fans will be treated to some post-season excitement!

See you all at BC Place March 10th! Go ‘caps Go!

Print your copy of the Whitecaps 2012 Schedule or visit whitecapsfc.com for the full schedule.

 

Whitecaps FC return to BC Place

Whitecaps FC v Portland Timbers – BC Place Stadium – October 2, 2011

Pre-game entertainment provided some of the few exciting moments in a lacklustre Whitecaps loss

When BC Place Stadium intially opened in 1983, Vancouver Whitecaps of the North American Soccer League played the first sporting event in the stadium, against North West rivals Seattle Sounders.  Following the Friday grand opening BC Lions game, Sunday afternoon saw the current MLS Whitecaps FC make their debut at the newly renovated BC Place Stadium. 
Taking on their other North West rivals, Portland Timbers, the

Whitecaps "Southsiders" supporters enjoy seats right down to pitch level

Whitecaps put on a great opening show for the sell out crowd of 21,000 fans.  The normally cavernous stadiums upper bowl was hidden behind a row of cable suspended sails, creating an intimate setting for an afternoon of football.  The addition of soccer specific seating brought the fans closer to the action as additional seating brought the seats right down to pitch level on the west end and south sides of the stands.  

Whitecaps take their historic debut kick-off at the new BC Place

The exciting pre-game show featured the usual drumming in of the players, anthem singing, flags and fireworks.  A contingent of junior players lined the field and kicked dozens of comemorative balls into the stands and boosted the fans in anticipation of the game ahead.  The pre-game also included 15 year old Branden Tomash scoring the ceremonial first goal on the Bell Pitch at BC Place.  Unfortunately, this was the only goal the local fans would celebrate as the Timbers beat the ‘Caps 1-nil.