VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC will host San Jose Earthquakes in the Knockout Round of the Audi 2017 MLS Cup Playoffs this coming Wednesday, October 25 at BC Place. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. PT and tickets are on sale now at ticketmaster.ca/whitecapsfc.
“We are proud of the season our team has had so far,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “We know that we’re underdogs in the playoffs, but this team has defied predictions. Our players are focused on making history for Vancouver, and that starts with a boisterous home crowd on Wednesday night at BC Place.”
Whitecaps FC finished in third place in the Western Conference with a 15W-12L-7D record.
This is the fourth time that the ‘Caps have qualified for the MLS Cup Playoffs, but the first time that they play the one-match Knockout Round at home. Whitecaps FC were previously on the road for the Knockout Round at LA Galaxy in 2012, and at FC Dallas in 2014, while receiving a bye to the Conference Semifinals in 2015.
San Jose are the sixth and final seed in the playoffs, having clinched their place with a 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC in their regular season finale. The ‘Caps and Quakes faced off twice during the 2017 season, with San Jose taking the first match 3-2 on March 11 at Avaya Stadium, and the two teams playing to a 1-1 draw on October 15 at BC Place.
Should Whitecaps FC defeat the Earthquakes, they will advance to the Conference Semifinals and host Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC in the first leg this coming Sunday, October 29 at BC Place. Advanced tickets for that match go on sale Monday at ticketmaster.ca/whitecapsfc. The second leg of the Conference Semifinals will take place on Thursday, November 2 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
The winners of the Conference Semifinal series will advance to the Western Conference Championship series, which will also take place over two legs. The first leg will be on Tuesday, November 21, with the return leg on Thursday, November 30.
MLS Cup will be played on Saturday, December 9 at the home venue of the finalist with the best regular season record.
Season Ticket Members were emailed information on September 29 to secure their seats for the duration of the playoffs.
Wednesday, October 25
Western Conference Semifinals
First leg – Sunday, October 29
Second leg – Sunday, November 5
Western Conference Championship
First Leg – Tuesday, November 21
Second Leg – Thursday, November 30
Saturday, December 9