Take me home, boundary road. Vancouver Whitecaps FC are back at Swangard Stadium! Whitecaps FC 2 will host their first MLS NEXT Pro match this coming Sunday, April 10 when they take on Timbers 2, one day after the MLS squads battle at BC Place in the 100th all-time meeting.
THE NEXT GEN: Whitecaps FC 2 is the breeding ground for rising young talent. Already this year Emiliano Brienza has been called up to the first team, making his MLS debut in Columbus. MLS SuperDraft pick Gio Aguilar continued his form from first team preseason, scoring twice in last week’s shootout win in Utah, while Isaac Boehmer played hero in net. This week Max Anchor, Matteo Campagna, Jay Herdman, and Eric White were all called up to Canada’s U-20 national team. They will be available for Sunday’s home opener before departing for Costa Rica to join the camp.
Who will be next to step us?
BOUNDARY ROAD, TAKE ME HOME: For the first time since 2010, Whitecaps FC will have a professional team playing their home matches at Swangard Stadium. The club has a long history at the venue, having called it home in their Canadian Soccer League and USL eras. During that time, six championships were won at Swangard.
1988 – Canadian Soccer League (Vancouver 86ers)
1989 – Canadian Soccer League (Vancouver 86ers)
1990 – Canadian Soccer League (Vancouver 86ers)
1991 – Canadian Soccer League (Vancouver 86ers)
2006 – USL W-League (Vancouver Whitecaps)
2008 – USL First Division (Vancouver Whitecaps)
WFC2 vs. T2: Saturday will be the 100th all-time meeting between the first teams from Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Portland Timbers, as they do battle at BC Place.
While this will be the first match between Whitecaps FC 2 and Timbers 2 in MLS NEXT Pro, the two second teams battled 11 times over three seasons previously in the USL. The ‘Caps lead the series 7W-4L-0D.
Can WFC2 keep their record rolling?