With the inaugural Whitecaps FC Alumni Match set for this Saturday, May 9 at BC Place, whitecapsfc.com will feature one member of the alumni who will be in attendance every day this week leading up to the match. Today, we chat with South Korean legend Young-Pyo Lee.
Tickets to the alumni match are still available (call 604.669.9283 ext. 2 to purchase).
1. What excites you the most about the upcoming alumni match?
I’m very happy to come back to BC Place to play again. I still remember my last match at BC Place more than a year and a half later. It’s very exciting to play there again in front of the fans. BC Place is a very special place for me. I never thought I’d get to play there again. It’s a great opportunity for me.
2. How do you think the alumni will fare against WFC2?
(Laughs) I feel afraid. I haven’t played in quite a long time. They are very fit and young, so I’m really afraid to play with them, they make me feel old. I don’t think I’ve been so afraid in my whole football career.
3. Which current Whitecaps FC player do you wish you could have played with?
I’ve been following the team and they have a bunch of great new players. That’s why they’re at the top of the league. They have a great chance this year to hoist the MLS Cup title. Pedro Morales and Octavio Rivero have great finishes. They know how to play and they play hard. They get the fans excited. They have great technique. I love their football style.
A behind-the-scenes look at Young-Pyo Lee's last match
4. What do you miss most about your time with Whitecaps FC?
The people. The people are very nice. I always enjoyed playing, but it’s the people that have stayed in my mind. All of the people – the players, the fans, the staff. Everyone was always very nice, I’m very thankful about that.
5. What was your favorite moment with Whitecaps FC?
The last game in 2013 will always be special. Everything was emotional. We played Colorado. It was historic in my life and in my football career. Everything was very special for me.
The inaugural Whitecaps FC Alumni Match will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. PT at BC Place (prior to the evening's MLS match vs. Philadelphia Union).
Season Tickets Members and those who have already purchased a ticket for the MLS match have received an email with instructions on how to purchase their tickets for the alumni match. All others who are interested in attending the alumni match can purchase by calling the ‘Caps office at 604.669.9283 ext. 2.
A limited number of tickets will also be available for purchase at the tent located at BC Place outside of Gate A. Valid ticket for the afternoon’s MLS match must be presented. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
Tickets for the alumni match are $5 with all proceeds being donated to the ‘Caps community partner, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.