Caps preseason to include trips to Tucson, Victoria, and Portland

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(ISN) – VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC are set to kick off their 2015 preseason training camp this coming Monday, January 26, at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The ‘Caps lone preseason match in British Columbia will be their annual friendly match against the University of Victoria Vikes on Sunday, February 15.

Whitecaps FC will begin camp with a week of training in Vancouver before departing for nine days in Tucson, Arizona.

As part of the Desert Friendlies, the ‘Caps will play three preseason matches at the North Kino Sports Complex in Tucson. First up will be a match against New England Revolution on Wednesday, February 4, followed by San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, February 7, and Houston Dynamo on Tuesday, February 10.

The ‘Caps fourth preseason match will be their annual encounter with the UVic Vikes on Sunday, February 15. Kickoff will be at 2 p.m. PT at Centennial Stadium. The 2015 edition will be the 10th meeting between the ‘Caps and Vikes in a tradition that dates back to 2005. Last year, Whitecaps FC defeated the Vikes 1-0 at Centennial Stadium. Since 2005, Vancouver holds the edge with a 7W-1L-1D record against UVic.

To conclude preseason, the Blue and White will participate in the 2015 Simple Invitational tournament in Portland, Oregon, where they will meet the host Portland Timbers on Sunday, February 22, Norwegian club Stabaek Fotball on Wednesday, February 25, and MLS Eastern Conference side Chicago Fire on Sunday, February 28. All matches in Portland will be held at Providence Park.

Following the Simple Invitational tournament, Whitecaps FC will return to Vancouver before kicking off their fifth MLS season on Saturday, March 7 against Canadian rivals Toronto FC at BC Place.

2015 PRESEASON TRAINING SCHEDULE
January 26 – 30 – Training at 10:30 a.m. PT – UBC Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver, BC
February 2 – 11 – Training at Kino North Stadium in Tucson, Arizona
February 12 – 19 – Training at UBC, Vancouver, BC
February 20 – March 1 – Simple Invitational Tournament in Portland, Oregon
March 2 – 6 – Training at UBC and BC Place, Vancouver, BC

2015 PRESEASON MATCH SCHEDULE
Date Opponent Location Time
Wednesday, February 4 New England Revolution* Kino North Stadium 10 a.m. PT
Saturday, February 7 San Jose Earthquakes* Kino North Stadium 4 p.m. PT
Tuesday, February 10 Houston Dynamo* Kino North Stadium 9 a.m. PT
Sunday, February 15 UVic Vikes Centennial Stadium 2 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 22 Portland Timbers^ Providence Park
5 p.m. PT

Wednesday, February 25 Stabaek Fotball^ Providence Park 5 p.m. PT
Sunday, February 28 Chicago Fire^ Providence Park 2:30 p.m. PT
* Desert Friendlies
^ 2015 Simple Invitational

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