Preview: 'Caps face LAFC in second leg of CCL quarterfinals

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to hit the road for the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals against fellow MLS opponents Los Angeles FC on Tuesday, April 11 at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Kickoff is set for 7:15 p.m. PT live on OneSoccer, Channel 980 on TELUS, and AM730 radio, with the radio pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. PT. The Blue and White will be looking to overturn a 3-0 deficit from last week's first leg at BC Place.

If the 'Caps progress in the tie, they'll face the winner between 2022 MLS Cup runners-up Philadelphia Union and LIGA MX side Atlas FC in the semifinals of the tournament.

Los Angeles FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Tuesday, April 11, 2023 – 7:15 p.m. PT
BMO Stadium – Los Angeles, California
BROADCAST: TELUS Channel 980, OneSoccer


REACH FOR THE STARS: After a thrilling 1-0 victory over their Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers this past weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to overturn a 3-0 first-leg deficit against Los Angeles FC in the second leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals this Tuesday, April 11 at BMO Stadium in Los Angeles, California. The 'Caps recorded a 7-3 aggregate victory over Honduran outfit Real C.D. España in the Round of 16, which included a 5-0 win in the first leg of the tie at BC Place. Meanwhile, LAFC beat Costa Rican side L.D. Alajuelense by an aggregate scoreline of 4-2 in the Round of 16. The winner of Tuesday's second leg will progress to the semifinals to face either Atlas FC from LIGA MX or Eastern Conference side Philadelphia Union.

GIDDY UP: Following Tuesday's Concacaf Champions League match, the 'Caps will shift their focus towards MLS action, as they look to extend their five-match unbeaten run against fellow Western Conference side Austin FC on Saturday, April 15 at Q2 Stadium in Austin, Texas. The Blue and White enter Saturday's match having not conceded a goal, or shot on target, in their last 230 minutes of MLS play. The five-match unbeaten run is also the club's longest in MLS since a six-match unbeaten streak to end the 2021 regular season. Meanwhile, Austin FC are winless in their last three matches heading into Saturday's tilt.

NUMBERS GAME: Heading into Matchday 8, Vancouver find themselves atop several key statistics in MLS play. The 'Caps currently lead the league in big chances created with 15, lead the league in key passes with 79, and sit second in expected goals with 13.0. In terms of individual player statistics, Julian Gressel sits tied for the second-most assists in the league with four and is tied for the league-lead in big chances created with eight, while Andrés Cubas is tied for the most tackles won in the Western Conference with 14.