VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed on Wednesday their 2018 preseason schedule, which includes trips to Hawaii, Nevada, and California for camp and friendlies.
“We’re looking forward to a competitive preseason to set the tone for 2018,” said Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. “We have a strong core group who are motivated to build on last season, and we’ll have a number of new players who will come in hungry to fight for positions. Our focus is to hit the ground running by the time the season starts in March.”
The ‘Caps preseason schedule includes training camp and friendlies in Hawaii from January 31 to February 10, where the ‘Caps will be competing in the Pacific Rim Tournament at Aloha Stadium. Whitecaps FC will be joined by MLS Eastern Conference side Columbus Crew SC, J1 League club Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, and Fukushima Prefectural Football League Division 1 side Iwaki FC. The trip begins with a closed-door match on February 6, with details to be confirmed in the coming weeks. The four-team tournament kicks off when Whitecaps FC clash with Iwaki FC on February 8, then concludes on February 10 with the Championship and Third-Place Matches.
Also on the preseason docket is a trip to Nevada for a friendly against USL expansion club Las Vegas Lights FC on February 17 at Cashman Field, coinciding with the early part of the California training camp.
The last of the preseason trips will be in Southern California, where the ‘Caps hold camp from February 16 to 25, including a pair of fixtures against fellow MLS clubs. The ‘Caps play expansion side Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) on the UCLA campus on February 18. Whitecaps FC will also play an additional match on February 21. Details for the two friendlies will be announced closer to match day. Then on February 24, the ‘Caps play their final preseason match against Western Conference rival LA Galaxy at StubHub Center in Carson. Tickets for the preseason finale will be on sale to the general public beginning on December 12 on lagalaxy.com.
Whitecaps FC train in Vancouver from January 22 to 31, February 11 to 16, and February 27 to March 2 at the WFC National Soccer Development Centre at UBC.
The MLS regular season schedule will be announced at a later date.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced on Wednesday that the club has re-signed Homegrown midfielder Russell Teibert to a new contract through 2020.
“Russell has matured and grown with this club and he will continue to be a key member of the team in the coming years,” said head coach Carl Robinson. “He’s a model professional who, if playing or not, never changes his mentality or will for the team to win. You need passionate and driven players like that in your squad. Russell’s hard work and determination will continue to push the group.”
Russell Teibert – Whitecaps FC midfielder
- Two goals and 15 assists in 101 starts and 141 appearances for the first team in all competitions
- Joined the club’s Residency program in September 2008 and signed an MLS Homegrown contract in March 2011
- Winner of the 2015 George Gross Memorial Trophy as Canadian Championship MVP, and holds the all-time club record with 19 matches played in the tournament
- One goal and one assist in 20 appearances for the Canadian men’s national team
Teibert, 24, is the longest serving player on Whitecaps FC, having first joined the club’s Residency program in September 2008. Since signing an MLS Homegrown contract in March 2011, the 5-foot-8 midfielder has recorded two goals and 15 assists in 101 starts and 141 appearances for the first team in all competitions, including starting the club’s first ever MLS match on March 19, 2011.
“First and foremost I want to thank everyone in the organization for the opportunity to continue wearing the Blue and White,” Teibert said. “Vancouver has become my home and this club has become my family. The time up until now was just the beginning. I know there’s so much more to come from me and from the team. I promise that every time I step on the field I’ll always play with heart and work to be the best player I can be for this city and club.”
Having played in six editions of the Canadian Championship, Teibert is the all-time club record holder for matches played in the tournament with 19. He was awarded the George Gross Memorial Trophy as the Canadian Championship Most Valuable Player in 2015 as the ‘Caps won their first-ever Voyageurs Cup.
Internationally, the Niagara Falls, Ontario native has a goal and an assist in seven starts and 20 appearances for the Canadian senior men’s national team. In addition, Teibert is a two-time recipient of the Canadian U-17 Player of the Year award, receiving the honour in 2008 and 2009.
Russell Teibert (TIE-burt)
Date of Birth: December 22, 1992 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hometown: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Status: Domestic, Homegrown
Transaction: Re-signed through 2020 on Wednesday, December 6, 2017