Ryan Gauld named MLS Player of the Matchday for Matchday 21

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VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld has been named the MLS Player of the Matchday presented by Continental Tire for his performance against Los Angeles FC in Matchday 21.

Gauld tallied a goal, two assists, 81.5% passing accuracy, 10 successful duels, a team-high nine crosses, a team-high four chances created and a team-high three successful tackles as the 'Caps claimed their first-ever win at BMO Stadium with a 3-2 away victory over the defending champions. The Scotsman was the only player in the league to record three goal contributions in Matchday 21.

Saturday's match marked the eighth time Gauld has recorded multiple goal contributions in one game during his Whitecaps FC career and the first time a 'Caps player tallied a goal as well as two assists in a match since attacking midfielder Yordy Reyna did so against Minnesota United FC on July 28, 2018.

With his performance on Saturday, Gauld is up to five goals and six assists in 20 starts and 21 appearances across all competitions in 2023, with all five of his goals, along with three assists, coming in his last five appearances for the club. In MLS play, Gauld has now produced at least four goals and four assists in each of his last three seasons with the 'Caps, one of only eight players in the league to accomplish the feat.

Gauld becomes the second 'Caps player to be named MLS Player of the Matchday this season, joining forward Simon Becher (Matchday 6). This is the first time Vancouver has had multiple players named MLS Player of the Matchday in the same season since 2018, when Alphonso Davies (Matchday 15) and Cristian Techera (Matchday 13) did so.

Gauld and the rest of the 'Caps are back in action on Saturday, July 1 for a Canada Day road clash against fellow Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV or tune in to AM730 (radio), with the radio pre-game show starting at 4:30 p.m. PT.

The Blue and White's next home match is set for Saturday, July 8 as they host their 10th annual Pride Match against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC at BC Place, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT. Tickets are still available at www.whitecapsfc.com/tickets.

The MLS Player of the Matchday is selected each matchday of the regular season through both media and fan voting in a process conducted by MLS Communications. A panel of journalists from the North American Soccer Reporters (NASR) comprises 75 percent of the vote, while a Twitter fan vote represents the remaining 25 percent of voting. NASR consists of members of print, television, radio, and online media.

MLS Player of the Matchday Winners
Matchday 1
Thiago Almada
Atlanta United FC
Matchday 2
Lucas Zelarayán
Columbus Crew
Matchday 3
Caleb Wiley
Atlanta United FC
Matchday 4
Thiago Almada
Atlanta United FC
Matchday 5
Jordan Morris
Seattle Sounders FC
Matchday 6
Simon Becher
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Matchday 7
Dénis Bouanga
Los Angeles FC
Matchday 8
Carlos Vela
Los Angeles FC
Matchday 9
Mikael Uhre
Philadelphia Union
Matchday 10
Leonardo Campana
Inter Miami CF
Matchday 11
Hany Mukhtar
Nashville SC
Matchday 12
Portland Timbers
Matchday 13
Brandon Cambridge
Charlotte FC
Matchday 14
Luciano Acosta
FC Cincinnati
Matchday 15
Julián Carranza
Philadelphia Union
Matchday 16
Carles Gil
New England Revolution
Matchday 17
Julián Carranza
Philadelphia Union
Matchday 18
Alan Pulido
Sporting Kansas City
Matchday 19
Hany Mukhtar
Nashville SC
Matchday 20
Damir Kreilach
Real Salt Lake
Matchday 21
Ryan Gauld
Vancouver Whitecaps FC

MLS Season Pass
The 2023 season sees 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.