Statement from Vancouver Whitecaps FC regarding the May 25 match against Inter Miami CF

VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC issued the following statement on Thursday ahead of their upcoming match against Inter Miami CF at BC Place on Saturday, May 25. Additionally, Inter Miami CF head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino will hold a virtual press conference on Friday. late and we will provide additional information at that time.

“While we have not received an official update on the availability of Lionel Messi, Luis Suárez and Sergio Busquets for this weekend, we understand that they will not be making this trip. Unfortunately, we have no control over who plays for our opponent and it was important for us to communicate this to our fans as soon as possible,” said Axel Schuster, CEO of Whitecaps FC.

“We always want our best players to go up against our opponent’s best players, and going up against top-level players was especially exciting for our team. We know there will be many disappointed fans as well. We remain committed to making this a special experience for everyone. It will continue to be an incredible atmosphere and celebration of football for our city. “We have incredible fans, we have a good team and Saturday’s game is a very important home game for us.”

A record crowd for the club in the MLS era is expected on Saturday and will include the largest street party in the team’s history. Vancouver Whitecaps FC will provide all stadium food and beverages for this match at a 50 per cent discount. In addition, young people under 18 years of age will receive a free children’s meal combo.