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.
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 Canadian teenagers started last weekend’s 3-1 win over Timbers 2, including 15-year-old Alphonso Davies.
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.
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.
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 the crowd can expect on Sunday at the ‘Bird.
This Sunday’s match includes an opportunity to meet South Korean soccer legend Young-Pyo Lee. The former Whitecaps FC fan favourite will be signing autographs before the match and at halftime.
Fans can also enjoy Beatles cover band “The Day Trippers“, performing pre-game and at halftime.
On the other side of the plaza, the Soccer Express Kid Zone allows young fans to get their game face on with a face painter, or get their favourite animal or character from the balloon artist. Kids can also put their soccer skills to use on the mini-pitch.
Activities include the always popular bubble soccer, as well as giant Jenga and the old-fashioned cornhole toss.
A variety of food options are available at Thunderbird Stadium, including food trucks such as The Dog House, School of Fish, and Hungry Nomad.
Theme Days add to the fun for fans throughout the season. For a full list, visit whitecapsfc.com/themedays.