Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Daejeon Citizen FC on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Photo: Whitecaps FC

VANCOUVER, B.C –  Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be taking on Daejeon Citizen FC on Saturday, June 8 in South Korea. Vancouver’s U-23 Development Squad will make the journey to Asia to battle Inbeom Hwang’s former team.

Negotiations between the two clubs have been on-going for quite some time. Contrary to the belief, the match between Vancouver and Daejeon Citizen FC was not included in, Inbeom Hwang’s transfer to Whitecaps FC on January 30, 2019.

“It’s fantastic,” Coach Marc Dos Santos told reporters. “It’s going to be a great opportunity for many of the younger players we have in the club. It’s an opportunity to also build relationships, and for us to see more players that are in the world.”

“I think we’ve proven that we’re a club that’s open to different types of markets in the world. Maybe to find another InBeom, to create bridges, and contacts. I think it’s fantastic for our club to be going there.”

While U-23 Development Manager, Nick Dasovic is expected to send a youth laden side to South Korea, don’t be surprised to see a few Whitecaps FC first team players sprinkled into Vancouver’s traveling roster.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC won’t play an MLS match between June 1 – June 22. The league will also take a 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup break from June 14 – June 21.

Whitecaps FC’s Andy Rose has played all over the world, but that doesn’t include South Korea.

“It’s definitely on my buck-list, somewhere I’d love to go,” Rose revealed to Har Journalist. “Now knowing InBoem well, it’s something that I’d like to do in the future. It’s incredibly exciting, and we’ve just all been so impressed with him as a guy, player. The attitude, talent, the skill level he brings to our team. We’re so happy to have him here.”

Jake Nerwinski is in his third season with Vancouver. The 24-year-old is all in when it comes to learning about new cultures and gaining a bigger view of the football world.

“I have not been to Korea before,” Nerwinski said. “I think that it’s going to be a great opportunity for guys to go over there and play in a different country. Experience different cultures, and create a different connection between somewhere else.”

There has been a lot made about MLS travel. Players want less commercial flights, and more charters. A trip to Asia will certainly take a toll on an athletes body clock. Given the choice, Rose, and Nerwinski would prefer flying charter.

“We would hope so,” Nerwinski said. “We don’t know how that’s going to play out. Just not four flights.”

“If I had the choice, I think most people would say, yeah,” Rose added.

The match will be played at Daejeon World Cup Stadium, which opened on September 13, 2001. The venue has a capacity of 40,535. It’s about 160 km south of South Korea’s capital, Seoul. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. KST (3 a.m. PT).







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