WASHINGTON, D.C. – Vancouver Whitecaps FC will look to play the role of spoilers on Saturday when they visit D.C. United in the inaugural match at Audi Field.
KICKOFF: 5 p.m. PT | TV: TSN1 | RADIO: 1410 AM
Here are the key storylines to watch.
Busy stretch: Saturday’s match kicks off a grueling five-match, 15-day slate for the ‘Caps, who are looking to build off last weekend’s thrilling 3-2 win over Chicago Fire at BC Place.
Party crashers: D.C.’s brand-new Audi Field will open its doors for the first time and all-time Manchester United and English national team leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney is expected to make his MLS debut. Can the ‘Caps spoil the party?
Familiar faces: This will be Vancouver’s first meeting with longtime ‘Caps keeper David Ousted, who joined D.C. in the offseason. United’s roster also features ex-‘Caps striker Darren Mattocks.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: 3-2 win vs. Chicago Fire
D.C. United: 2-2 draw at LA Galaxy
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Kei Kamara (8 goals)
D.C. United: Darren Mattocks (8 goals)
DID YOU KNOW?
Whitecaps FC midfielder Jordon Mutch, who is on loan from Crystal Palace FC, made his English Premier League Debut against Rooney’s Manchester United at Old Trafford Stadium. Mutch was a member of Birmingham City FC at the time. Manchester United won 5-0 and Rooney had two assists.
“He’s playing at a really high level. There’s lots of interest in him. 24 hours in football is a long time, so I don’t know what’s around the corner. He’s with us at the moment, he’s playing phenomenally well, he’s got a contract with us at the moment, he loves being here, we love having him here, I think the supporters love watching him play. And until that changes, I would just say enjoy it. He’s a phenomenal talent who still has more to give.” – Carl Robinson on Alphonso Davies