On the radar: A new era for Whitecaps FC, international action, and more

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Last week might have felt like a long one for Vancouver Whitecaps FC fans with Carl Robinson’s men not having played since their 3-1 win against Atlanta United FC at BC Place two weekends ago. But fans can rejoice knowing that all that is set to change with a jam-packed week of soccer ahead, both in Major League Soccer and international play.

Tuesday: Canadian ‘Caps prepping for international friendly

With new coach Octavio Zambrano at the reigns, the Canadian men’s national team are gearing up to face Curaçao at Stade Saputo in Montreal in an international friendly this Tuesday. The game will serve as a trial run for the team as they continue preparations for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament to be held this summer in the U.S.

Three ‘Caps are on Canada’s 23-man squad for Tuesday’s match, including Marcel de Jong, Russell Teibert, and Alphonso Davies, who is looking to earn his first cap after just receiving his Canadian citizenship and first call-up to the senior men’s national team last week.

You can catch the live broadcast on TSN at 4:30 p.m. PT.

Tuesday: Road to Russia continues for Los Ticos

Meanwhile, the road to next year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia continues for Costa Rica on Tuesday, when they host Trinidad and Tobago at the Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

Costa Rica’s roster features Whitecaps FC defender Kendall Waston and midfielder Christian Bolaños, who left last Thursday’s scoreless draw with Panama with a shoulder injury at halftime. They have both been key pieces for Los Ticos, who currently sit second in The Hex with five matches remaining. The top three teams will automatically qualify for next year’s World Cup.

Wednesday: Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre Opening

Announced back in the summer of 2012 with construction beginning in the winter of 2016, the club is ready to unveil their new Whitecaps FC National Soccer Development Centre (NSDC) this Wednesday. The 35,000+ square-foot fieldhouse will house Vancouver's MLS, USL, and U-18, U-16, U-15 and U-14 Residency teams. Stay tuned to whitecapsfc.com for complete coverage.  

Saturday: ‘Caps to host FC Dallas at BC Place on Father’s Day weekend; WFC2 head to California

Whitecaps FC (6W-6L-1D) return to MLS play this Saturday as they host fourth-place FC Dallas (6W-3L-5D) at BC Place (7 p.m. PT – tickets still available). The ‘Caps weren’t in action last week but will try to make it back-to-back wins after defeating Atlanta United FC 3-1 two weeks ago.

In USL play, WFC2 will also be playing Saturday as they head to Sacramento to wrap up the last leg of their three-game road trip at Papa Murphy’s Park against Sacramento Republic FC.