The Vancouver Whitecaps FC will play host to Toronto FC this Saturday for their Major League Soccer home opener at Empire Field. This marks the third chapter in Vancouver soccer history.
Starting in 1974, the Vancouver Whitecaps were a part of the North American Soccer League but the team (along with others in the league) folded in 1984. The team came back to life in 1986 as the Vancouver 86ers, playing in the Canadian Soccer League. For the next decade they would play with various leagues until becoming a part of the USL in 1997. The team changed their name back to the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2001 and in 2011, they’ll be playing in the MLS as Vancouver Whitecaps FC. Being a part of the MLS means the team has attracted even more international players and will be squaring off against the Chicago Fire, DC United, Seattle Sounders FC, Portland Timbers, and the Los Angeles Galaxy (just to name a few clubs in the West).
The Whitecaps have a very dedicated fan base that can often get more riled up (and chant more unique tunes) than you’ll see in the stands at a hockey game. If you would like to be a part of their next chapter, here’s how you can enter to win a pair of tickest to the Whitecaps’ MLS home opener on Saturday, March 19th.
I will draw one winner at 9:00am this Friday, March 18th, 2011.
Update The winner is Garret. See you at Empire to pick up your tickets!