Vancouver Whitecaps FC confirmed that the ‘Caps home matches in July will be played at Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy, Utah. In addition, the match originally scheduled for Wednesday, July 21 against Houston Dynamo FC has been moved to Tuesday, July 20 at Rio Tinto Stadium.
“We are very encouraged by BC’s Restart plan, the declining COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, as well as the strong response by British Columbians to getting vaccinated,” said Axel Schuster, Whitecaps FC CEO and sporting director. “As more and more Canadians get vaccinated and case counts continue to drop, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have been away from our city and our supporters for far too long and are optimistic we will once again be back home playing at BC Place this summer.
“We are very thankful to the entire Real Salt Lake organization for hosting us during this period. At the same time, we will continue to work with government officials regarding border restrictions, public health authorities, and MLS to be ready to return when the time comes.”
The entire ’Caps team in Utah – players, coaches, and support staff – have all received their two shots and will be considered fully vaccinated next week. To learn more about vaccinations visit This Is Our Shot and to register in British Columbia visit gov.bc.ca.
Following the FIFA international break from May 31 to June 14, Whitecaps FC resume MLS regular season play as the road side against Real Salt Lake on Friday, June 18. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. PT at Rio Tinto Stadium – watch live on TSN and listen on AM 730.