The 2019 Academy Playoffs are here, running from Monday, June 17 until the following Tuesday, June 25.
The action begins in Oceanside, California as the Whitecaps FC BMO Academy U-19s and U-17s embark on their quest for championship glory. The U-15s will also be on hand to play in the showcase.
Here are a few things to note:
HOW THEY GOT HERE
There are 78 clubs in the U-19 age group, and 82 for the U-17s. Only 32 remain in the playoffs.
Both teams finished second in their Northwest Division, and ranked 10th overall in the league. They enter their groups from Pot 2, but fully capable of taking down the top dogs. Find out more about their group opponents here.
There are eight groups of four teams in both the U-19 and U-17 ages. Each team plays the other three teams in their group once.
Only the first place finisher from each group will advance to the quarterfinals, which will take place at the end of the week.
The quarterfinal winners will then advance to the Academy Championship semifinals on July 8 in Orange County, with the finals on July 10.
Below is the daily schedule of matches for the three teams.
The ‘Caps will be looking to make it to the Academy Championship semifinals for a fifth time in club history.
2012: In their first ever season in the Development Academy league, the ‘Caps U-18s made it to the final before falling 3-2 to FC Dallas.
2017: The U-16s made it to the Academy Championship semifinals for the first time in their age group, falling to eventual champions Atlanta United FC.
2018: The U-19s made the semifinals, going down 2-0 in extra time to LA Galaxy.
HOW DO I FOLLOW ALONG?
The best way to keep up with the action will be by checking the official academy Twitter account, @WFCAcademy.
Select matches will be streamed, and if any ‘Caps matches are available they will be promoted at whitecapsfc.com and on Twitter.