The MLS Cup was handed out just over a month ago, but soccer season is just around the corner for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
An already short offseason will be even shorter for the ‘Caps, who will play their first game of consequence on February 22, a CONCACAF Champions League away match versus New York Red Bulls.
The second leg will go at BC Place on March 2, just three days before Vancouver’s MLS season-opener at home against Philadelphia Union.
Just like last season, the Whitecaps will end the regular season against rival Portland Timbers.
Vancouver’s 34-match MLS schedule features Seattle, Portland, and Colorado three times each, with the remaining Western Conference teams just twice. They’ll play Eastern Conference teams just once each.
The Whitecaps have a very difficult start to their schedule, with six of their first 10 games on the road, and home games against MLS Cup finalists Toronto (March 18) and Seattle (April 14). LA Galaxy also pays a visit to BC Place early in the season on April 1.
Other rivalry home games of note include Portland (July 23) and Seattle’s second visit (August 23). Also note July 5 when New York City FC comes to town with their star-studded lineup that features David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.
Here’s the full MLS schedule, with CONCACAF Champions League games in italics.
|Wednesday, Feb 22||New York Red Bulls||Whitecaps FC||Red Bull Arena|
|Thursday, Mar 2||Whitecaps FC||New York Red Bulls||BC Place|
|Sunday, Mar 5||Whitecaps FC||Philadelphia||BC Place|
|Saturday, Mar 11||San Jose Earthquakes||Whitecaps FC||Avaya Stadium|
|Saturday, Mar 18||Whitecaps FC||Toronto FC||BC Place|
|Saturday, Apr 1||Whitecaps FC||LA Galaxy||BC Place|
|Saturday, Apr 8||Real Salt Lake||Whitecaps FC||Rio Tinto Stadium|
|Friday, Apr 14||Whitecaps FC||Seattle Sounders FC||BC Place|
|Saturday, Apr 22||Portland Timbers||Whitecaps FC||Providence Park|
|Saturday, Apr 29||Montreal Impact||Whitecaps FC||Stade Saputo|
|Friday, May 5||Colorado Rapids||Whitecaps FC||Dick’s Sporting Goods Park|
|Friday, May 12||Houston Dynamo||Whitecaps FC||BBVA Compass Stadium|
|Saturday, May 20||Whitecaps FC||Sporting Kansas City||BC Place|
|Saturday, May 27||Whitecaps FC||D.C. United||BC Place|
|Saturday, Jun 3||Whitecaps FC||Atlanta United FC||BC Place|
|Saturday, Jun 17||Whitecaps FC||FC Dallas||BC Place|
|Saturday, Jun 24||Minnesota United FC||Whitecaps FC||TCF Bank Stadium|
|Saturday, Jul 1||Chicago Fire||Whitecaps FC||Toyota Park|
|Wednesday, Jul 5||Whitecaps FC||New York City FC||BC Place|
|Wednesday, Jul 19||LA Galaxy||Whitecaps FC||StubHub Center|
|Sunday, Jul 23||Whitecaps FC||Portland Timbers||BC Place|
|Saturday, Jul 29||FC Dallas||Whitecaps FC||Toyota Stadium|
|Saturday, Aug 5||Colorado Rapids||Whitecaps FC||Dick’s Sports Goods Park|
|Saturday, Aug 12||New England||Whitecaps FC||Gillette Stadium|
|Saturday, Aug 19||Whitecaps FC||Houston Dynamo||BC Place|
|Wednesday, Aug 23||Whitecaps FC||Seattle Sounders FC||BC Place|
|Saturday, Aug 26||Orlando City SC||Whitecaps FC||Orlando City Stadium|
|Saturday, Sep 9||Whitecaps FC||Real Salt Lake||BC Place|
|Wednesday, Sep 13||Whitecaps FC||Minnesota||BC Place|
|Saturday, Sep 16||Whitecaps FC||Columbus||BC Place|
|Saturday, Sep 23||Whitecaps FC||Colorado||BC Place|
|Wednesday, Sep 27||Seattle Sounders FC||Whitecaps FC||CenturyLink Field|
|Saturday, Sep 30||Sporting Kansas City||Whitecaps FC||Children’s Mercy Park|
|Saturday, Oct 7||New York Red Bulls||Whitecaps FC||Red Bull Arena|
|Sunday, Oct 15||Whitecaps FC||San Jose Earthquakes||BC Place|
|Sunday, Oct 22||Portland Timbers||Whitecaps FC||Providence Park|