Vancouver Whitecaps Schedule
Soccer aficionados and fans of Major League Soccer know that the Vancouver Whitecaps
are among the top teams in the league as far as both success and fan support. Soccer has been on the rise in North America
for the past few decades and the level of skill and fan enthusiasm in the MLS is evidence of just how far the sport has come
in the country. The beautiful game still has a long way to go in the United States to catch up with the popularity it has
achieved everywhere else in the world but those in the country who follow it are among the most dedicated and passionate fans
in all of sports and nowhere is this more true than in Vancouver.
The Whitecaps are currently currently jockeying for
position to make the playoffs in the stacked Western Conference of the MLS. There are still three regular season home games
for the Whitecaps to score some big wins in hopes of moving up the standings before the playoffs. The first game is on September
27th against Real Salt Lake. The Crew are currently just a few points behind Real Salt Lake in the conference and this game
could have major implications for seeding in the playoffs. On October 4th FC Dallas comes to BC Place Stadium for another
big game. The final home game of the regular season will be on October 25th when the Colorado Rapids comes to town. This will
be your last chance to cheer on the Whitecaps and provide them with some momentum heading into the postseason and is sure
to be a thrilling game.
Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer
The Vancouver Whitecaps play in the MLS,
or Major League Soccer, which is the premiere soccer league in the United States and Canada and is also a member of CONCACAF.
Nineteen teams in the league compete during the regular season which begins each March hoping to earn a spot in the postseason.
Each team plays thirty four regular season games with the regular season champion being awarded the Supporters' Shield. The
top ten teams advance to the playoffs with the last two teams playing in the MLS Cup in December. The first season of the
MLS was in 1996 with ten charter members of which the Columbus Crew was one. Plans for establishing the league began as far
back as 1988 when U.S. Soccer made an agreement with FIFA to have plans to get a Division I professional soccer league in
place in order to be allowed to host the 1994 World Cup. The league is granted a spot for three American teams in the CONCACAF
Champions League while another team has the chance to qualify via the U.S. Open Cup. Year after year MLS gains more fans and
it stands as one of the five major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada.
The two oldest rivalries the Vancouver Whitecaps have are with the other two Pacific Northwest MLS Teams,
the Seattle Sounders and the Portland Timbers. This is a rivalry that goes back to a time before the MLS even existed and
is a huge part of the soccer culture in the area. These rivalry games are among the most intense in the league as the teams
compete for the Cascadia Cup. The Whitecaps also have rivalries with the other two Canadian MLS teams, the Montreal Impact
and Toronto FC.
There are few events as exciting as seeing one top notch soccer team compete
at home against another. The players in the MLS have grown up playing the sport that they love and are out there s much to
advance the popularity of the sport in the United States. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world and gives birth to
the most fervent and dedicated fans. One step into a stadium when the local national team is playing and you will understand
what all of the fuss is about. Unrelenting action, otherworldly footwork, stunning slide tackles, and mind blowing, acrobatic
saves by goalkeepers will have you seeing exactly why soccer is referred to as "the beautiful game." You will be chanting
and singing along and barely even need to use your seat as move after move will have you jumping up and cheering for the home
team. By the time the referee blows the final whistle you will be anxiously awaiting the next opportunity to attend a Vancouver
Whitecaps game and will find yourself an MLS and soccer fan for life.
The Whitecaps began MLS play
back in 2011 and made the playoffs in 2012, becoming the first Canadian team to do so, however they missed out on the playoffs
at the end of 2013. The first MLS game the Whitecaps played was against Toronto FC in a successful attempt to start a rivalry
between the two Canadian franchises.