On a rainy May 5th, 1974, the Vancouver Whitecaps took the field for the first time and faced the San Jose Earthquakes. Almost 40 years to the day, the two teams will meet again, this time at BC Place, to celebrate the past and try to earn important points for the present.
The game can be seen on TSN2, including a special Whitecaps 40th anniversary pre-match show at 6:30pm et/3:30pm pt.
The Whitecaps enter the game riding the momentum of two draws earned thanks to late tying goals.
In their 2-2 draw in the second of back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Galaxy, Kekuta Manneh equalized in the 86th minute after Robbie Keane had given the visitors the lead.
Then after falling behind Real Salt Lake 2-0 last Saturday, Nicolas Mezquida and Sebastian Fernandez scored in the 86th and 94th minute, respectively, to rescue the second consecutive comeback point for the Whitecaps.
After earning points in their first four games of the season, including two wins, the Whitecaps dropped two in a row before the draws. They currently hold a 2-2-4 overall record.
Meanwhile, the Earthquakes earned their first victory of the season, 1-0 over Chivas USA, in their last outing. The win snapped a five-game winless streak to start the season where they earned three points. They enter the game with a 1-2-3 record.
Including that inaugural match between the two clubs which the Earthquakes captured 2-1, this will be the 34th all-time meeting of the two squads. San Jose holds the advantage, winning 14 times, while Vancouver has eight victories and they have drawn 11 matches.
In the Major League Soccer era, the Whitecaps have only beaten the Earthquakes once from eight games, with four draws, though they have yet to lose an MLS game to San Jose at home.
Prior to the game, team president Bob Lenarduzzi will be inducted into the team's new Ring of Honour and the 1974 team will be honoured.