Preview: 'Caps hold advantage going into second leg of CCL Round of 16 against Real CD España

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC continue their Concacaf Champions League campaign as the take on Real CD España in the second leg of the Round of 16 this Wednesday, March 15 at the Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

The 'Caps carry a 5-0 aggregate lead into Honduras, claiming a thrilling victory in the first leg at BC Place on March 8. If the Blue and White are able to progress after Wednesday's clash against España, they'll face the winner between 2022 MLS Cup champions Los Angeles FC and Costa Rican side LD Alajuelense in the quarterfinals.

Real CD España vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Wednesday, March 15, 2023 – 3 p.m. PT
Estadio Olímpico Metropolitano – San Pedro Sula, Honduras
BROADCAST: TELUS Channel 980, OneSoccer, Fubo TV


FIVE UP TO SAN PEDRO SULA: In their first match of the week, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be travelling down to San Pedro Sula, Honduras to play the second leg in the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 against Real CD España. The 'Caps will carry a 5-0 aggregate lead into the match after putting in a thrilling display in front of the home crowd at BC Place last Wednesday, thanks to goals from Tristan Blackmon, Ryan Raposo, Pedro Vite and Brian White. España would have to score six unanswered goals and prevent Vancouver from finding the back of the net to advance to the quarterfinals. If the match finishes 5-0 to España at the end of 90 minutes, the winner will be decided with a penalty shootout.

STARRING IN CCL: Following the first leg against España, 'Caps defender Ryan Raposo, midfielder Julian Gressel and attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld were all named to the Concacaf Champions League Round of 16 first leg Best XI. Along with his goal, Raposo grabbed an assist on White's goal, while Gauld claimed two assists and Gressel recorded his team-leading third assist across all competitions.

'CAPS IN HOLLYWOOD: On Saturday, the 'Caps will shift their focus towards MLS regular season play, as they face Western Conference rivals Los Angeles Galaxy at Dignity Health Sports Park in the side's 2023 home opener. Vancouver will be looking to build off their 1-1 draw against FC Dallas last week in order to keep racking points in MLS play. So far, the Galaxy have posted a 0W-1L-1D record through their first two matches, recording one goal in the process. The 'Caps claimed a 3-0 victory in their previous match against Los Angeles last September, with Ryan Gauld, Pedro Vite and Tosaint Ricketts getting on the scoresheet.