The roof is scheduled to be open at BC Place on Wednesday night as Vancouver Whitecaps FC host Mexican powerhouse Tigres UANL in the decisive second leg of the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals (7 p.m. PT.
“The team is full of confidence after the weekend win, and now we have our eyes firmly set on making history on Wednesday night,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “It will be a very difficult task, but conditions will be much different than they were in Mexico. We’re going to give it everything we have to make the final.”
With the roof scheduled to be open for kickoff at 7 p.m., the players on the field may be in for a damp evening as rain is in the forecast throughout the day on Wednesday. Fans will remain dry in the covered stands, but are encouraged to dress warm. More than 200 traveling Tigres fans are expected to be in attendance.
This is the first time in club history that Whitecaps FC have made it to the Champions League semifinals. An MLS team has never won the CONCACAF Champions League.
Whitecaps FC enter the second leg trailing 2-0 after the first leg at Estadio Universitario in Monterrey, Mexico. In order to win the series and make it to the Champions League final, the ‘Caps will need to win by three goals, while a 2-0 victory will send the match to extra time. Any other result will see the reigning Liga MX champions advance.
The team that scores more combined goals over the two legs will then face either MLS side FC Dallas or Mexican side Pachuca CF in the two-leg Champions League final between April 19 and 26. FC Dallas lead 2-1 heading into Tuesday night’s second leg at Estadio Hidalgo in Pachuca, Mexico.
The CONCACAF Champions League is a 24-team competition between the top clubs from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Whitecaps FC earned Canada’s lone entry in the tournament by winning the Voyageurs Cup in the 2015 Amway Canadian Championship.
The winner of the CONCACAF Champions League earns a spot in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup – an annual seven-team tournament featuring the top teams from Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America. Real Madrid are the reigning 2016 FIFA Club World Cup champions. This year’s Club World Cup will be held in the United Arab Emirates.