Big 8 for '18

The Top 8 Most Popular Matches for 2018

Single match tickets go on sale this coming Friday, February 9 at 10 a.m. PT. However, fans have already been swooping in with season tickets, packs, groups, and pre-sale.

Below is the ranking of the Top 8 most popular matches selected so far.

1. Montreal Impact – Sunday, March 4

We’re under one month until the MLS season kicks off at BC Place, and the anticipation is clearly already building. This has been the top game in demand so far. The ‘Caps will take on their Canadian rivals from Montreal in what is sure to be an intense battle to start the year. 2018 will mark the third time the two clubs begin a season against one another.

Last week the club announced that this match is already on track to have the largest home opener crowd in Whitecaps FC MLS history. Will Kei Kamara bag his first goal on opening day? Can Kendall Waston and company shutdown Ignacio Piatti? We’ll find out on March 4.

2. Seattle Sounders FC – Saturday, September 15

To no one’s surprise, the Cascadia Cup matches are again among the most hyped of the year. This year’s home matches are of even greater importance, as the ‘Caps will only host Seattle and Portland once each at BC Place.

As far as Sounders FC go, Carl Robinson and his men will be looking for redemption from the Western Conference Semifinals, as they saw their 2017 season come to an end at the hands of their Pacific Northwest rivals.

The September 15 match will also see the Legends & Stars charity game return, in support of BC Children's Hospital. The event features ‘Caps alumni and celebrity guests. Among the celebrity contingent in 2017: Colin O'Donoghue (Captain Hook/Once Upon A Time), Robert Carlyle (Rumpelstiltskin/Once Upon a Time, Begbie/Trainspotting, Gaz/The Full Monty), Henry Cusick (Marcus/The 100, Desmond/Lost), KJ Apa (Archie Andrews/Riverdale) and Charles Melton (Reggie Mantle/Riverdale).

3. Portland Timbers – Sunday, October 28

It’s always a great occasion when the ‘Caps face the Timbers, and for the third consecutive season the two sides will end the regular season against one another.

Portland plucked away the Cascadia Cup last year, along with the ‘Caps first place spot in the Western Conference, so you can bet that the Blue & White will be motivated for redemption.

4. New York Red Bulls – Saturday, August 18

The ‘Caps typically tough summer sees only one MLS home match in August, sandwiched between road matches at New York City FC, Portland, and San Jose Earthquakes.

That match is against a Red Bulls team that the ‘Caps fared very well against during their first five seasons, starting off with an undefeated 3-0-3 record. However the Red Bulls have taken the last two league match-ups – though Vancouver did defeat New York in last year’s CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

5. LA Galaxy – Saturday, March 24

It always seems to be a big occasion when LA Galaxy come to town, and 2018 will be no exception.

Vancouver have taken over the series of late, going 4-1-1 in the past six matches since 2015. After a down year for the Galaxy in 2017, LA have reloaded in the offseason and should again prove to be a formidable foe when they come to town for the second home match of the season on March 24.

Oh and for Mexican fans, this match will feature a bevy of recognizable names in the ‘Caps Efrain Juarez and the Galaxy’s Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos.

6. Los Angeles FC – Friday, April 13

This will be the first ever match against expansion side Los Angeles FC. The club is led by president John Thorrington, who played for Whitecaps FC in the club’s expansion year and remained through 2012.

Among the other recognizable faces on this new LAFC team are former ‘Caps Jordan Harvey and Steven Beitashour. You can bet that 'Caps supporters will be keen to give the two players a warm welcome back, with Harvey having been with the club for the first seven MLS seasons.

7. Chicago Fire – Saturday, July 7

The last time that Chicago came to town, it was an epic finish – perhaps one of the most memorable in the ‘Caps MLS era.

This time the Fire bring a team that finished third overall in the league last year, led by Golden Boot winner Nemanja Nikolić. Chicago also returns midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, a World Cup winner with Germany in 2014. You know that Aly Ghazal and his midfield partners will be up for this one.

8. Orlando City SC – Saturday, June 9

As important as the action on the field will be for this one is what’s happening off the pitch – the annual #BuckUp for Mental Health fundraising campaign in support of Covenant House Vancouver. Fans are encouraged to make a donation at the match to support homeless and at-risk youth.

On the pitch, the ‘Caps will be playing their final match before a short break for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A revamped Orlando City team will provide a stiff challenge as Robbo and the team look to head into the midway point of the season on a high note.