How To Watch and Match Preview: San Jose Earthquakes vs. Vancouver Whitecaps - MLS - 03/09/2024

MLS Classic Reignites Historic Rivalry in Commemorative Match at PayPal Park

Los Angeles Galaxy v San Jose Earthquakes
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This Saturday promises to be more than just a soccer match. As the San Jose Earthquakes and the Vancouver Whitecaps FC gear up to face each other at PayPal Park in San Jose, California, at 7:30 p.m. PT, fans can expect an exciting blend of nostalgia and fierce competition. With 50 years of rivalry between these two clubs, each matchup is an opportunity to celebrate history and create new memories.

This weekend's match marks the 50th anniversary since the first encounter between the Earthquakes and the Whitecaps FC in the North American Soccer League (NASL). On May 5, 1974, the Earthquakes emerged victorious with a 2-1 win after an epic battle that included a historic goal from Mani Hernandez and a thrilling penalty shootout. Since then, these clubs have waged a fierce war, now in the Major League Soccer (MLS), with San Jose holding a slight advantage of 11-10-12 in their head-to-head encounters.

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PayPal Park will be the stage for memorable moments, and with global broadcast available via Apple TV’s MLS Season Pass, viewers from around the world will be able to witness the next chapter of this saga.

While San Jose seeks their first win of the season, facing a defense that is still adjusting, Vancouver is also eager for their first points after a draw in the season opener. With talented players like Amahl Pellegrino, who hopes to replicate his success in Norway, and the attacking duo of Brian White and Ryan Gauld leading the Whitecaps FC, we can expect an exciting clash on the field.

For those wishing to watch the game from home, the broadcast will be available on Apple TV's MLS Season Pass, providing an immersive experience directly from their living rooms.