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

Picks of the Week – May 24, 2017

Wrapping up May with a sunny forecast makes it that much more enjoyable to take part in the picks of the week:

Comedy: Join the laughs as Ali Wong takes the Vogue Theatre’s stage for a night of comedy with two shows each, Thursday, Friday, Saturday evening.

Spin: British DJ, producer and musicia Bonobo plays the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday night

Art: The West of Main Art Walk, celebrates its 25th annual open weekend of studios, galleries and other venues from Point Grey to Main St, and Granville Island to 41st Ave

Improv: The Vancouver Theatresports League Western World show continues to bring the laughs at the expense of HBO’s popular hit, Westworld.

Singer: rescheduled from Deer Lake, singer-songwriter Father John Misty plays Malkin Bowl on Friday night

Closing: This is your final week to catch the gut-busting laughter on stage with Arts Club Granville Stage Mom’s the Word 3 – Nest Half Empty , closing May 27th.

Balls: Vancouver Whitecaps FC are in the midst of a heavy home stand with another match on Saturday vs DC United at BC Place

Indie: US indie music group The Shins take the Queen Elizabeth Theatre stage on Saturday night.

Words: The Museum of Anthropology’s exhibition Traces of Words: Art and Caligraphy of Asia examines forms of the written word around Asia, on until October.

New turf coming to BC Place

BCPlace_IMG_6538British Columbia’s premier stadium is about to get another new upgrade with the introduction of upgraded synthetic field turf.  The new turf coming to BC Place is called LigaTurf RS+CoolPlus World Cup Edition 260 W ACS 90 Bionic Fibre Infill is to be installed by Burnaby’s Centaur Products Inc.  The new turf is rated to meet FIFA 2 Star Grade / World Rugby Regulation 22 standards making our already world class facility even better.

While it’s still not the natural grass many have been calling for, the $1.3 million upgrade is being done this May to allow the FIFA Women’s World Cup to be a better experience for fans and athletes.  The new turf also meets the needs of next year’s debut of the Rugby Sevens tour. The endorsement of the Whitecaps and BC Lions which both call BC Place their home field along with the FIFA Women’s World Cup organizing committee and Rugby Canada shows the excitement for all involved to play on the new pitch.

As fans, the turf’s more realistic playing surface and better experience for the players should translate into a better experience too.  We’ll see in June when BC Place debuts the new field.


Picks Of The Week: April 24, 2013

Hard to believe April is already coming to a close. Have we seen enough April showers to bring May flowers?

VanDusen Plant Sale
VanDusen Plant Sale

Scene: Celebrities Nightclub and TFD Presents Liberace Thursday‘s welcome RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5 Roxxxy Andrews performing along with DJ Zack Shore and Liberace’s GoGo Boys

Stage: Vancouver East Side Cultural Centre, The Cultch looks to its patrons for an important fundraiser to keep the venerable east side theatre producing quality arts.  Festa! takes place on Saturday April 27th.

Song: British singer/songwriter and electronic music producer James Blake brings his divergent tastes to the Commodore Ballroom on Thursday April 25

Sport: Whitecaps FC play host to FC Dallas at BC Place Stadium on Saturday afternoon and looking to redeem themselves after a road loss in Dallas.

Sale: Just in time for spring planting, the 35th annual VanDusen Botanical Garden Plant Sale happens Sunday April 28th from 10am – 4pm. With over 40,000 plants for sale and free admission to the Garden for inspiration, there’s surely something for every pot, plot or green spot.

Supper: Get a taste of the West Coast and a great bargain when you visit Edible Canada for a Dungeness Crab Feast for two for just $69 from Travelzoo

Showman: Legendary funnyman Don Rickles demonstrates what has kept people laughing for nearly 60 years when he takes to the River Rock Show Theatre in Richmond on Friday April 26th.

Picks of the Week: April 10, 2013

The feeling of spring is in the air, even the rain has a different scent as it mixes with Cherry Blossoms and other blooms, spring is definitely the theme of the week.

West-Coast Sakura Tea Service
West-Coast Sakura Tea Service

Spring: Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival continues throughout the city all of April. Celebrate spring with the vibrant pinks and white of the city’s cherry trees.

Sip: Visit the Urban Tea Merchants for their spring West-Coast Sakura Tea service. Tea infused tastes of the West-Coast with Japanese influences are accompanied by their lastest Sakura! Sakura! Tea.

Sounds: Prince starts his unique West Coast tour of small venues with 4 shows (2 per night) at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre; April 15 – 16. Tickets available at Northerntickets.com

Support: Wiggle 19 is a wearable art show and benefit supporting A Loving Spoonful. Show your support on April 13th at Fortune Sound Club buy tickets in advance online or at Barbarella, Stratosphere, Chemically Addicted, Union Salons and Little Sisters

Sport: Whitecaps FC host Real Salt Lake as they return home to BC Place for an afternoon match at 1pm on Saturday April 13th.

Sweet: What better way to spend a Sunday than having dessert? Van Foodster’s Tasting Plates Vancouver ‘Ultimate Desserts’ invites foodies to taste their way around the city sampling sweet treats from the city’s restaurants. Tickets are available until April 11th for just $35 from EventBrite


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.