Vancouver Whitecaps FC unveiled their 2020 MLS regular season schedule on Thursday, bookended by a battle of incoming marquee strikers in their home opener versus Sporting Kansas City on February 29 and a Cascadia clash versus Portland Timbers on Decision Day at BC Place on October 4.
This is the earliest regular season kickoff for the ‘Caps in their MLS history, highlighted by a matchup between the league’s two newest Designated Players and former Liga MX star forwards in Vancouver’s Lucas Cavallini and Kansas City’s Alan Pulido.
The derby tilt in the season finale marks the fourth time in five seasons that the ‘Caps wrap up their league slate against the Timbers, including a pair of home wins in 2016 and 2018.
The other Cascadia home fixture in 2020 is on June 13 versus Seattle Sounders FC, the middle of a three-match, 11-day homestand including June 6 versus Canadian rivals Montreal Impact, and June 17 against New York Red Bulls.
Each club will play 34 games (17 home and 17 away), facing conference opponents twice, and playing 10 games against non-conference opponents. The ’Caps will not play Eastern Conference sides Atlanta United FC, expansion club Inter Miami CF, and New England Revolution, three of the furthest geographical opponents from Vancouver, in the 2020 MLS regular season.
The away schedule begins with a pair of high-profile meetings at LA Galaxy on March 7 and at New York City FC on March 21. The ’Caps longest stretch of consecutive away matches includes back-to-back Cascadia tilts at Sounders FC on April 18 and at Timbers on April 25, then visits to San Jose Earthquakes on April 29, and to Toronto FC on May 2.
The 2020 Canadian Championship schedule was also announced this week, with Whitecaps FC entering competition in the Quarterfinal Round on July 7 to 16, facing the winner of the matchup between Canadian Premier League sides FC Edmonton and Pacific FC.
Additional Whitecaps FC 2020 MLS regular season schedule notes (times listed in Pacific Time):
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HOME KICKOFF TIMES
Five of the ‘Caps 17 home matches have an afternoon kickoff time of 4:30 p.m. or earlier, including the 1:30 p.m. Decision Day tilt against the Timbers when all matches across MLS commence simultaneously. Of the 12 evening home matches that begin 6 p.m. or later, 10 contests kick off at 7 p.m., while the February 29 season opener begins at 7:30 p.m.
The ’Caps play 14 of their 17 home matches on a Saturday. They host one weeknight match versus New York Red Bulls on Wednesday, June 17, and a pair of Sunday fixtures versus Minnesota United FC on September 13 and the finale against the Timbers on October 4.
- 14 Saturdays
- Two Sundays
- One Wednesday
13 of the ‘Caps 17 road dates are on a Saturday, and the other four matches fall on a Wednesday. Whitecaps FC travel for midweek fixtures at San Jose Earthquakes on April 29, at Columbus Crew SC on May 27, at MNUFC on July 1, and at LAFC on August 26.
- 13 Saturdays
- Four Wednesdays
The ’Caps play on the road at Minnesota United FC on Canada Day. They also have three holiday long weekend matches.
- Easter Weekend: Saturday, April 11 vs. LAFC
- Victoria Day Weekend: Saturday, May 16 vs. Nashville SC
- Canada Day: Wednesday, July 1 at Minnesota United FC
- BC Day Weekend: Saturday, August 1 at Colorado Rapids
Whitecaps FC face expansion club Nashville SC for the first time on May 16 at BC Place. They travel to Music City, USA when they play at Nissan Stadium on Victoria Day weekend on May 16.
All 34 of Vancouver’s MLS matches will be broadcast on the TSN network and the TSN GO app, including two matches on CTV.
This year’s tournament features 12 teams from four leagues across four rounds beginning June 16 and culminating in the crowning of the 2020 Canadian Championship winner on September 23. The 2020 Canadian Championship winner will raise the Voyageurs Cup and be provided Canada’s only direct entry into the 2021 Concacaf Champions League competition. Home dates will be announced at a later date.
- Quarterfinal Round: July 7 to 16: Whitecaps FC vs. Winner of FC Edmonton vs. Pacific FC
- Semifinal Round: August 11 to 20
- Final Round: September 16 to 23