VANCOUVER, BC - The sun is out and the boys are back at the ‘Bird!
After back-to-back road wins, Whitecaps FC 2 (2W-0L-0D) are looking to keep things rolling on Sunday in their home opener against Sacramento Republic FC (2W-0L-0D) at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. PT.
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Both WFC2 and Sacramento are undefeated to start the season.
Captain Kyle Greig and Canadian forward Daniel Haber, who is coming off a USL Team of the Week selection, have led the way offensively for WFC2 so far with two goals apiece. Canadian midfielder-turned-left back Brett Levis is also off to a bright start, having picked up an assist and drawn a penalty.
WFC2 are once again one of the youngest teams in USL – four teenagers started last weekend’s 3-1 win over Timbers 2, including 15-year-old Alphonso Davies.
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On the other hand, MLS hopeful Sacramento Republic FC are one of the more experienced sides. A key aspect to their perfect start to 2016 has been their tenacious line of defenders.
Defender James Kiffe was named to the USL Team of the Week after assisting on the match-winning goal in Sacramento’s 1-0 win over Arizona United SC last week. Kiffe and the Republic FC backline have only allowed one shot on goal so far this season. Opponents have yet to find the back of the net against Sacramento.
NOT JUST A MATCH, IT’S A SOCCER FESTIVAL
WFC2 games are more than just a match, they’re a full blown soccer festival experience for ‘Caps fans of all ages. Here’s what you can expect on Sunday at the ‘Bird.
The Beatles cover band “The Day Trippers” will be performing to get things started, and you can get your game face on with a face painter, or get your own balloon version of the WFC mascot, Spike, from the balloon artist.
Activities include the always popular bubble soccer, or try your luck in giant Jenga and the old-fashioned cornhole toss. Just make sure the kids bring their A game when they show off their skills at the Soccer Express Kid Zone.
There will be opportunities to meet South Korean soccer legend and Whitecaps FC fan favourite, Young-Pyo Lee, and get his autograph, as well as meet up with ‘Caps mascot, Spike.
Between getting your game face on and enjoying the countless activities, you can refuel at one of the food trucks at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Pick your choice of street food from either The Dog House, School of Fish or Hungry Nomad food trucks.
After Sunday, Whitecaps FC 2 will continue their homestand when they host Oklahoma City Energy FC on Sunday, April 17 for Catching Fire Night at Thunderbird Stadium.
This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. Members can select their matches and theme days online through Account Manager. Information on theme days is available at whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/themedays.
Youth season passes are also available for $30 all in. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-484-7862.