VANCOUVER, BC – This weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves head to Vancoulver Island to take on the University of Victoria Vikes in a Saturday afternoon exhibition match. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT at UVic’s Centennial Stadium. Tickets for the match can be purchased at https://tickets.uvic.ca.
The ‘Caps Reserves will look to rebound from a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds on Thursday.
This will also be the first chance for Vancouver Island ‘Caps fans to see the team’s exciting new additions on their hometown pitch. Players making the trip to Victoria include Honduran centre back Johnny Leverón, 2011 MLS SuperDraft pick (1st overall) Omar Salgado, and 2013 MLS SuperDraft picks Kekuta Manneh (4th overall) and Erik Hurtado (5th overall).
Travel roster vs. UVic
Goalkeeper: Brad Knighton, Simon Thomas, Nolan Wirth(*)
Defenders: Greg Klazura, Johnny Leveron, Adam Clement(#), Jordan Harvey, Ethen Sampson(^)
Midfielders: Matt Watson, Russell Teibert, Erik Hurtado, Camilo Sanvezzo, Kekuta Manneh, Aminu Abdallah(#), Paulo Jr, Omar Salgado
Strikers: Corey Hertzog, Tommy Heinemann, Caleb Clarke, Dever Orgill(#)
*Whitecaps FC Residency player
UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA VIKES
This is the Vikes’ first match of 2013. Following their 2011 CIS Championship victory, their 2012 season saw them finish sixth in the Canada West with a 6W-6L-2D record, causing them to fall short of qualifying for 2012’s national tournament held in Laval, Quebec.
‘Caps fans will have to keep a keen eye on Cam Hundal, who previously spent time with Whitecaps FC Residency. He is returning for his third year with the Vikes.
Between 2005 and 2012, the ‘Caps have faced the Vikes seven times in friendly matches, with Whitecaps FC holding a record of 5W-1L-1D against the CIS side.
Current Vikes men’s head coach Bruce Wilson played with Whitecaps FC during their formative years in the North American Soccer League, playing for four seasons from 1974 to 1977. In addition to Hundal, at least four other former Vikes players have also turned out for Whitecaps FC; Jamie Lowery, Geordie Lyall and the Craveiro brothers Chris and Nico.
Whitecaps FC will head back to Vancouver following the match in Victoria for a scrimmage against the Simon Fraser University men’s soccer team at Thunderbird Stadium on Tuesday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT.
ISLAND PACK (FLEX PACK)
During the match, fans will have the chance to purchase an exclusive Island Pack. This Flex Pack includes six tickets that can be used in multiple ways (example, you and a friend can go to three games, a group of six for one game, or you and two friends for two games, etc.)
Pick your games that you want to attend (based on availability).