MLS on TSN kicks off coverage of Whitecaps FC on Saturday Staff

3/6/2014 3:39:56 PM

MLS on TSN, the new and exclusive home of Vancouver Whitecaps FC, kicks off its amplified coverage of the team on Saturday at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt with Whitecaps FC's home and season opener vs. New York Red Bulls.

TSN primes Vancouver fans for the start of the 2014 season with MLS on TSN: Season Preview Special airing tonight at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt on TSN2 (encore Friday at 3:30pm et/12:30pm pt on TSN2). The 30-minute preview recaps Whitecaps FC's offseason, looks at the team's upcoming season, and features an interview with head coach Carl Robinson.

Later on in the season, TSN celebrates the Whitecaps FC's 40th anniversary with a special pre-game show leading into the team's home game vs. San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday, May 3. The 30-minute show highlights the team's history almost 40 years to the day since the franchise's inaugural game.

MLS on TSN's acclaimed broadcast team of Luke Wileman, Jason deVos, and Kristian Jack return to cover Whitecaps FC games. Also handling broadcasting duties this season are Vic Rauter, Nigel Reed, and Greg Sutton, along with longtime Whitecaps FC radio voice Peter Schaad, who will call select games on the broadcast side.

Schaad will continue to lead play-by-play commentary for TEAM Radio 1410 Vancouver's exclusive coverage of Whitecaps FC alongside colour commentator David Norman, a former Whitecaps FC midfielder and Canadian international.

Throughout the season, TEAM Radio delivers live coverage of every game, which includes extensive pre- and post-game coverage. Schaad will also bring fans news, insight, and behind-the-scenes content surrounding Whitecaps FC on TEAM Radio and, with the station also delivering a daily MLS report and a weekly 30-minute show on Thursdays at 6pm pt.

TEAM Radio recently announced a multi-year extension of its broadcast rights agreement with Whitecaps FC. This extension complements Bell's multi-year partnership with Vancouver Whitecaps FC. As part of the partnership, TSN becomes the official Whitecaps FC broadcaster beginning this season and Bell extends its Premier Founding Partnership with the team, which includes Bell branding of all Whitecaps FC official men's and women's jerseys and kits.