The annual friendly between Western Canada's Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Canadian Interuniversity Sport side UVic Vikes is set for Sunday, February 16 at Centennial Stadium at 2pm pt. The 2014 edition will be the ninth meeting between the 'Caps and Vikes in a tradition that dates back to 2005.
"Since the original Whitecaps, the club has enjoyed fantastic support from fans in Victoria and all across Vancouver Island," said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. "The annual match against the UVic Vikes is always a highlight of our preseason and an important tradition."
The preseason friendly on Vancouver Island will be Whitecaps FC's lone match in British Columbia before the club kicks off their 40th anniversary and fourth season in MLS on Saturday, March 8 at BC Place against reigning MLS Supporters Shield winners New York Red Bulls.
The 'Caps fourth of seven preseason matches will take place between trips to Casa Grande, Arizona, and Portland, Oregon, and Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson will look to use a full complement of players including a number of First Kick starters.
"It's important for us to visit our fans on the island and give them the opportunity to see our first team players," added Robinson. "This match will give us that chance, provided each player is fit to play."
Last year, Whitecaps FC defeated the Vikes 3-0 in front of 2,600 fans at Centennial Stadium. Since 2005, Vancouver holds the edge with a 6-1-1 record against UVic.