CANADA - ProEvents is pleased to announce the appointment by the Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association to co-organize the inaugural Vancouver International Soccer Challenge on July 19th, 2016. The match will take place at BC Place with Vancouver Whitecaps FC to play against English Premier League side and FA Cup Finalists Crystal Palace FC.
Apart from this international friendly, the event is also featuring 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.
Mr. Yung Tsz Shuen, president of the Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association, said "We are delighted to have both Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Crystal Palace FC agree to take part in this international friendly match.” He adds “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, Adebayor 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 match is the 59th all-time international friendly for Whitecaps FC, and the second since joining MLS in 2011. “We’re honoured to be invited to take part in the Vancouver International Soccer Challenge against Crystal Palace FC,” said Whitecaps FC president Bob Lenarduzzi. “Facing an English Premier League side will provide a great test for our club, and great entertainment for local soccer fans.”
Led by Alan Pardew, winner of the EPL Manager of the Season in 2012, Crystal Palace will be looking to capture their first FA Cup title when they play Manchester United in the final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, May 21.
He is delighted that this tour is now confirmed and is looking forward to taking the squad over to North America. “It’s a trip that I think will be good for the club, it’s our fourth year in the Premier League, teams 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, this is a perfect opportunity to reach out to those fans as well as introduce ourselves to many more new fans.”
“This will be the first ever international football match organized by ProEvents in the North America” said Paul J Kam, Chairman of ProEvents. “And we are thankful to have the support from the City of Vancouver, Canadian Soccer Association, Vancouver Chinese Soccer Association, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and BC Place in organizing this memorable event.”
Whitecaps FC season ticket members have first priority to purchase their seats through an exclusive pre-sale ending on Wednesday, May 25 at 5 p.m. PT. Tickets will then go on sale to the public through Ticketmaster on Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. PT.
For more information on ticketing, please visit Ticketmaster website www.ticketmaster.ca.