Preview: 'Caps kickoff 2023 MLS regular season at BC Place against Real Salt Lake

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VANCOUVER, BC – Finally, Vancouver Whitecaps FC is back. The 'Caps are set to kickoff the 2023 MLS regular season at BC Place this Saturday, February 25 as they face fellow Western Conference side Real Salt Lake. The first 20,000 fans to arrive to the match will receive a FREE scarf, courtesy of the club's new premier partner TELUS.

The club will be expecting its largest home opener crowd since 2020 at Saturday's match.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Real Salt Lake
Saturday, February 25, 2023 – 7:30 p.m. PT
BC Place – Vancouver, BC
BROADCAST: MLS Season Pass (FREE opening weekend), TSN3/4 - RADIO: AM730
Pre-match show: 6 p.m. PT (AM730)
TICKETS: whitecapsfc.com/tickets

WEEKLY STORYLINES

'CAPS ARE BACK: Vancouver Whitecaps FC returns to action this Saturday, February 25 as the club opens up their 2023 MLS regular season campaign in front of their home fans against fellow Western Conference side Real Salt Lake at BC Place. The ‘Caps are unbeaten in their last three meetings against RSL, with the previous meeting at BC Place ending in a 2-1 victory for the Blue and White.

NEW ACQUISITIONS: The ‘Caps have added several new faces to their roster this past offseason, with eight players joining the team. Additions include Venezuelan Designated Player striker Sergio Córdova, Japanese goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka, Uruguayan defender Mathías Laborda, Canadian centre back Karifa Yao, Generation adidas midfielder J.C. Ngando, as well as goalkeeper Max Anchor, wingback Ali Ahmed, and striker Simon Becher, who all spent time with Whitecaps FC 2 last season.

PRESEASON RECAP: The ‘Caps enter the 2023 season coming off a busy preseason, which saw them host two camps and play eight friendlies. The first camp, which took place in Marbella, Spain, saw the team face a pair of European sides in the form of German 2. Bundesliga outfit Hamburger SV and Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. The second phase of preseason took place in Southern California, as the 'Caps played six friendlies at the Coachella Valley Invitational, with five of them coming against MLS opposition. Overall, Vancouver posted a record of 3W-2L-3D in their preseason matches, going unbeaten at the Invitational and claiming three clean sheets in the process.

MLS Season Pass

The 2023 season will see the debut of MLS Season Pass, the unprecedented subscription service from Apple and MLS that will have every match of the regular season, Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs, and Leagues Cup – all in one place and with no blackouts. As an exclusive benefit, Whitecaps FC 2023 Season Members will receive a subscription to MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as significant savings over single match tickets.