The Vancouver Whitecaps confirmed a partnership with USL expansion team Fresno FC to become its USL affiliate, signaling the end of Whitecaps FC 2, their home-based USL second team after three
The 'Caps are the second MLS team to fold their second team after the Montreal Impact, who dropped its "B" team after its second season in 2016.
Whitecaps FC 2 first
played in suburban Langley, then moved to UBC Thunderbird Stadium, where it averaged 869 fans a game in 2017, the second lowest in the USL.
Thunderbird Stadium, on the campus of the
University of British Columbia, seats only 3,500 fans. USL clubs will be required to play in a stadium that seats 5,000 in 2018.
The Division 2 sanctioning requirement has already forced
Seattle to move Sounders FC 2 from its training center in Tukwila to a baseball stadium in Tacoma.
Former Canadian men’s national team head coach Frank Yallop
FC's general manager.
“We are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with Vancouver Whitecaps FC,” said Yallop. “Whitecaps FC is a world-class
organization and this partnership will allow us to share ideas and knowledge on player and coaching development. I’ve known [Vancouver president] Bobby Lenarduzzi
for 35 years. I knew we
could work together and do justice for both clubs with this deal.”