In conjunction with the Vancouver-Guangzhou Friendship Society and Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC announced that the club has been invited to play against English Premier League side and FA Cup finalists Crystal Palace FC in the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge. The match will take place at BC Place on Tuesday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
“We’re honoured to be invited to take part in the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge against Crystal Palace FC,” said Bob Lenarduzzi, president of Whitecaps FC. “Facing an English Premier League side will provide a great test for our club, and great entertainment for local soccer fans.”
“It’s a trip that I think will be good for the club,” added Alan Pardew, manager of Crystal Palace FC. “As we prepare for our upcoming Premier League season, we had a number of teams that want to play us and we’ve taken this opportunity to go to North America to spread the word of the type of football we play. Our fan base continues to grow in North America and this is a perfect opportunity to reach out to those fans as well as introduce ourselves to many more new fans in the United States and Canada.”
The international friendly is part of the sixth annual Vancouver – Guangzhou Friendship Cities Cup, a friendly match between a Select XI from the Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association and the Guangzhou Super Football Club to celebrate the 31st anniversary of the sister cities relationship between Vancouver and Guangzhou. The Friendship Cities Cup will kick off at 9:00 p.m – immediately following the international friendly.
“We are delighted to have both Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Crystal Palace FC agree to take part in this international friendly match,” said Mr. Yung Tsz Shuen, president of the Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association. “We hope the home fans will come out and fully support Whitecaps FC, while at the same time they can witness some fantastic skills from players of Crystal Palace such as Zaha, Campbell, Wickham and Jedinak. It is also our aim, through this sister cities relationship, to encourage more people from the local Chinese community to support Whitecaps FC and be more involved in football development in Vancouver.”
This is the 59th all-time international friendly for Whitecaps FC, and the second since joining MLS in 2011. During the club’s inaugural MLS season, Whitecaps FC hosted English side Manchester City FC at Empire Field.
Tickets for the upcoming match can be purchased through Ticketmaster starting at just $30 using the promo code CPSETH. The offer runs until 12:00 noon on match day (July 19th).