One week to Whitecaps

The Vancouver Whitecaps bring W-League soccer to Chilliwack next Friday, taking on the Colorado Rush at Exhibition Stadium.

Game time is 7 p.m. and the theme of the night is Chilliwack FC and the Whitecap women helping to kick cancer.

All proceeds from the game go towards cancer research.

The Whitecaps will wear special commemorative jerseys during the game, auctioning them off afterwards to help the cause.

“Chilliwack is very fortunate to have the Whitecaps wanting to return to Chilliwack and bring a W-League game with them,” said CFC president Andrea Laycock. “It’s a sign that they still recognize us not only as a community with a strong soccer presence but also a community that is supportive and receptive to their brand. With the proceeds from this game going to cancer research, I hope we see the grandstands full and have a great atmosphere. Where else can you see professional soccer being played for just $10 and support an amazing cause at the same time?”

The Vancouver roster is 27 deep with 18 dressing on game days. Captain Kelsey Hood (Ankeny, Iowa) leads a team that mixes import talent with B.C. players.

The Whitecap squad that blanked the Victoria Highlanders 2-0 in the season opener last weekend included Connecticut’s  Tiffany Weimer, who scored both goals in her W-League debut.

Another import to watch is Tseng Shu-O, hailing from Tapai City in Taiwan and going by the nickname AO. Tseng Shu-O played for the Colorado Rush last year, scoring three goals in nine appearances. She scored twice within three minutes to help the Rush to a 2-2 tie with the Whitecaps last July.

The Canadian content includes Toronto native Lexi Marton, Calgary native Kristen Funk and Coquitlam native Jaclyn Sawicki.

Shannon Woeller and Monica Lam-Feist  hail from Vancouver with Nahiomy Ortiz and Abigail Raymer calling Victoria home.

The Whitecaps are in Coquitlam this weekend, hosting the Seattle Sounders Sunday at Percy Perry Stadium.

The defending W-League Western conference champions and two time W-League champs are playing their 2011 regular season home schedule at seven different venues throughout the province as part of the Whitecaps Women’s Soccer Series, presented by Kia in partnership with the Girls Metro Soccer League (GMSL).

The Whitecaps will be training in Chilliwack Wednesday night, working out at Exhibition Stadium from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The practice will be open to the public.

Tickets are still available and there are still volunteer spots available for CFC players who want to help with gameday activities.

Get more information  by contacting Laycock at soccer-coach88@shaw.ca.

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