VANCOUVER, BC - At long last, the 'Caps are finally back home in Vancouver on Saturday when they host Toronto FC at BC Place.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of the closed-door rivalry match.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Toronto FC
MLS Regular Season - VWFC Match #9
Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 6:38 p.m. PT
BC Place, Vancouver, BC
TV: TSN1 - RADIO: TSN Radio 1040
STORYLINES, PRESENTED BY THE PROVINCE
Finally back home: The 'Caps are finally back home at BC Place after being away for 189 days. The 'Caps kicked off their season at home on February 29, then was on the road on the following week before the season came to a pause. Whitecaps FC, who have been away from their home pitch for the longest across MLS, look to capitalize on being back on familiar ground.
Future is bright: During their time away from home, several young Whitecaps FC players have emerged to show their abilities to contribute. Homegrown products Michael Baldisimo, Thomas Hasal, and Patrick Metcalfe have each been solid in their first MLS starts. Fellow Canadian-born 'Caps Theo Bair, Derek Cornelius, Cristian Gutierrez and Ryan Raposo have also shown well when called upon. All seven players are 23 years or younger.
Canadian contribution: Canadian players have played 3,551 minutes out of a possible 8,910 minutes so far in 2020 across all competitions, equating to close to 40% of the total. The Canadian 'Caps have combined to make 38 starts and 57 appearances. Canada MNT centre back Derek Cornelius is coming off a strong outing at Montreal Impact, while forwards Lucas Cavallini and Tosaint Ricketts hope to provide the offence to spark the 'Caps.
Rematch in Vancouver: The 'Caps showed gradual improvements through the three matches out east despite not netting the desired results. They get to measure the strides they've made against a Toronto FC side that has demonstrated why they were the class of the Eastern Conference last season. Designated Players Alejandro Pozuelo and Pablo Piatti are the feature men for the TFC attack.
IF THE 'CAPS WIN, YOU WIN
With a ‘Caps win on Saturday, you'll win free fries from A&W! To redeem, simply download the A&W app, add your fries and at least one more item to your cart, and then enter the code CAPSWIN at checkout.
Help at-risk youth at Covenant House Vancouver and be in with the chance to win the big prize. You don't even have to leave your sofa. Buy your tickets between 6 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. PT on matchday.
WATCH IT LIVE, PRESENTED BY PHILLIPS
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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Show your support for the ‘Caps at home and get featured on our social media channels by sharing a photo or video of you cheering on the boys on using the hashtags #ScarvesUp and #VWFC!
KICK CHILDHOOD CANCER
Join Whitecaps FC and Major League Soccer and help Kick Childhood Cancer this September. Fans are encouraged to support by submitting “Messages of Hope” using #KickChildhoodCancer on social media. For every post using the hashtag #KickChildhoodCancer, Continental Tire will donate $25 to fund pediatric cancer research. Whitecaps FC’s Kid Captain program will also be returning this month, beginning with young fans who have been affected by pediatric cancer.
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