VANCOUVER, BC - For the second consecutive preseason, Vancouver Whitecaps FC will participate in the annual Pacific Rim Cup at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Whitecaps FC face Japanese J1 club V-Varen Nagasaki on February 8, then take the field again on February 10 for the championship or third-place match.
This year's four-team tournament also features fellow MLS club Real Salt Lake and Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League side Iwaki FC.
All tickets are general admission for each matchday and can be purchased online through pacificrimcup.com, at Ticketmaster.com, at the Aloha Stadium Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are $20 USD per matchday, with youth (ages 12 and under), military and seniors (ages 60 and over) tickets available for $15 per day. A special limited time ticket offer for both days combined is available for $30.
The 'Caps finished second in last year's inaugural Pacific Rim Cup.
The remainder of the club's preseason schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.
Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
Friday, February 8, 2019:
Iwaki FC vs. Real Salt Lake: 7:30 p.m. PT (5:30 p.m. local)
Whitecaps FC vs. V-Varen Hagasaki: 10:15 p.m. PT (8:15 p.m. local)
Sunday, February 10, 2019:
Third-Place Match: 4:30 p.m. PT (2:30 p.m. local)
Championship Match: 7:15 p.m. PT (5:15 p.m. local)
About V-Varen Nagasaki
V-Varen Nagasaki is a Japanese J1 League football club based in Nagasaki. The club was established in 1985 as Ariake Football Club until they merged with Kunimi Football Club in 2005 and adopted the name they still hold today. The club gained promotion into the J. League Division 2 in 2012 for the first time in their history after finishing as the champions in the 2012 Japan Football League. In November 2017, the club clinched promotion to the J1 League for the first time in their history after a 3-1 home win over Kamatamare Sanuki
About Iwaki FC
Iwaki FC is based in Iwaki, a city of Fukushima Prefecture in Japan. Iwaki FC was founded in 2012 with the vision of "making Iwaki the central football-city in Tohoku.” A new training field opened in November 2016 and the club-house in May 2017. They currently play in the Tohoku Member-of-Society Soccer League. Iwaki FC also debuted at the Emperor's Cup in 2017, making their third round of the annual Japanese national cup tournament.
About Real Salt Lake
RSL have twice reached the MLS Cup Final, winning the championship in 2009 and finishing as runners-up in 2013. The Utah-based outfit has also finished as runners-up for the Supporters' Shield (2010), CONCACAF Champions League (2011), and U.S. Open Cup (2013). This past season, Real Salt Lake finished sixth in the Western Conference with a 14W-13L-7D record, defeating LAFC in the Knockout Round before falling to Sporting Kansas City in the conference semifinals.
About Aloha Stadium
Aloha Stadium will be the site for all four Pacific Rim Cup matches. Located in central Oahu, the stadium is Hawaii’s largest outdoor arena, home to the University of Hawaii football team. In addition, Aloha Stadium showcases a multitude of events attracting visitors from around the world with soccer matches, concerts, car shows, fairs and the ever-popular Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace. Their mission is to meet the challenge of providing a first-class arena where the dreams of our young people can be realized through participation in sporting and other special events; where the spirit of achievement can be nourished by the thrill of competition; where families can gather to share their cultural diversity with pride and a feeling of Aloha.