On March 8, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will enter the Concacaf Champions League for the third time in club history.
The ‘Caps made their debut in the tournament in 2015-16, when they were eliminated in the group stage of the previous format. Their most recent appearance came in 2016-17, making a memorable run all the way to the semifinals against Mexican powerhouse Tigres UANL.
This year they will start the Champions League against Real C.D. España from Honduras.
Real España have already started their domestic season. Here is how they have done so far.
The San Pedro Sula, Honduras based club sit in fourth place in league play through five matches with nine points.
- Pedro Báez
- Claudio Innella
- Ramiro Rocca
- Jhow Benavídez
- Miguel Carrasco
- José Reyes
- Darixon Vuelto
- Mayron Ariel Flores Zavala
Real España 4-0 Victoria
They began the season with a comfortable victory over mid-table Victoria (currently 1W-3L-1D). Goals were scored by recently acquired Uruguayan midfielder Claudio Innella, Argentine striker Ramiro Rocca, Honduran forward Darixon Vuelto, and Paraguayan forward Pedro Báez.
Motagua 1-0 Real España
Real España were held off the scoresheet, falling on the road to fellow Concacaf Champions League side F.C. Motagua on a 77th minute goal from Jonathan Núñez.
Real Sociedad 1-3 Real España
The Gold and Black earned their second win of the season, and first away from home. Goals for Real España came from Honduran midfielder Miguel Carrasco, Claudio Innella, and Honduran midfielder Mayron Ariel Flores Zavala.
C.D. Marathón 2-1 Real España
Báez opened the scoring for Real España, but late goals from Marathón’s André Daniel Orellana Leveron and Edis Ibargüen (90’+5) sandwiched around red cards shown to each team.
Honduras Progresso 1-3 Real España
In their fifth match, Real España cruised to their third victory. A first half goal from Rocca, and second half goals from José Reyes and Jhow Benavidez provided the scoring.
Don't miss out!
Be at BC Place on March 8 as the 'Caps continue their quest towards the FIFA Club World Cup.