If you need to get up to speed on the Whitecaps’ current MLS season, here are the highlights so far.
New team players
Players new to the Whitecaps roster this season include Forward Deiber Caicedo and Midfielder Ryan Gauld, and they bring with them the drive, fire, and excitement that is making a positive impact on the entire team.
Since joining the club, newcomer Gauld has been on a hot streak, scoring four goals and adding two assists in seven matches across all competitions, as well as winning several man-of-the-match awards for his outstanding plays.
Prior to their 1-0 game against the Portland Timbers on September 10, the Whitecaps were on a 10-match undefeated streak in MLS play with a 5-0-5 record, including four wins in a row.
Although their consecutive streak was snapped, the new record set within the club has only provided more fuel to the team’s sense of determination.
Vancouver Whitecaps vs. Portland Timbers. Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
The race to the playoffs
With only a few weeks remaining in the regular season, the MLS playoff push is on, and Whitecaps FC are up for the challenge ahead of them.
The ‘Caps are currently in eighth in the Western Conference with 29 points. Now, the team is vying to overtake Real Salt Lake, who currently holds the final top-seven spot in the final playoff line with 30 points.
The 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs, featuring 14 teams across the Eastern and Western Conferences, kicks off on November 20 and culminates in the MLS Cup on December 11.
The Cascadia Cup
2021 marks the return of Cascadia Cup, a competition series played between Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Seattle Sounders FC, and Portland Timbers to determine the best soccer team in the Pacific Northwest region.
This season, the Whitecaps look ahead to taking the title from the current Cascadian Cup champions, the Sounders, and breaking their current title wins tie of 6-6.
Fans in the stands
After many long months, the fan experience is back at BC Place for all home match games!
Whether you’re lucky enough to be a spectator in the stands or are content to enjoy the games on TV, there are plenty of home and away matches left in the MLS regular season schedule for Whitecaps fan to watch:
- San Jose Earthquakes on October 2 at BC Place
- Seattle Sounders on October 9 at Lumen Field
- Sporting Kansas City on October 17 at BC Place
- San Jose Earthquakes on October 23 at PayPal Park
- Minnesota United FC on October 27 at BC Place
- Los Angeles FC on November 1 at Banc of California Stadium
- Seattle Sounders on November 7 at BC Place
The Whitecaps Pregame Street Party is also back on matchdays! Before each home match, fans can join the FREE Warm-Up on Robson Street for music, food trucks, and $5 beers.
The fan experience at BC Place Stadium. Photo: Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Health and safety protocols at BC Place
BC Place is taking a number of measures to ensure the health and safety of all fans and staff in the stadium.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid government photo ID are now required to attend home matches at BC Place. Face masks are mandatory throughout the stadium.
Other protocols include a mandatory mask policy, a touchless screening process, minimized social contact, reduced seating capacity, enhanced cleaning, cashless interactions, and a clear bag policy. Bags that are larger than 12 inches x 12 inches x 6 inches and not made of clear plastic are not permitted inside the stadium.
For ease of entry, BC Place recommends that fans arrive 45 to 60 minutes before the match starts to get to their seats on time.
For more information on all Matchday health and safety protocols at BC Place, visit whitecapsfc.com/matchday.