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Whitecaps, Williamson playing at McLeod Athletic Park

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Langley's Alyssa Williamson, the Canada West rookie of the year in 2011 with UBC, is joining the Vancouver Whitecaps women's soccer team for the summer.
— image credit: Bob Frid/UBC Athletics

The Vancouver Whitecaps W-League home opener is set for this Friday at McLeod Athletic Park.

The Whitecaps women’s soccer team hosts the Colorado Rush on May 18, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.

Local soccer club Langley United Youth Soccer Association are hosting the game.

“Langley United is excited to work with and play host to the Vancouver Whitecaps women in their home opener at Langley’s MAP stadium,” said Langley United president Betty Boucas.

“This is an excellent opportunity for girls and all soccer fans in Langley and the Fraser Valley to see outstanding women’s soccer close to home.”

The Whitecaps play their W-League home games at venues across the Lower Mainland.

As the host association, LUYSA is involved in managing the game-day management, supplying volunteers, concessions and security.

The Whitecaps roster features several Canadian national team members — who will be going for gold at this summer’s Olympic Games in London.

National team players Melanie Booth, Kaylyn Kyle and Brittany Timko joined the Whitecaps earlier this month.

They join national team midfielder Desiree Scott and national team striker Chelsea Buckland, as well as the return of defender Nikki Ambrose and midfielder Erin Uchacz.

The Whitecaps also announced the addition of goalkeeper Alyssa Williamson last week.

She is one of three goalkeepers on the Vancouver roster.

Williamson, a product of Langley FC, is entering her second season with the UBC Thunderbirds.

She was the Canada West 2011 rookie of the year.

Williamson is a graduate of the Whitecaps FC Prospects program, which is now known as the Girls Elite program.

She is one of 13 Prospects graduates added to this year’s Whitecaps W-League roster.

“We are pleased to add another dynamic group of young players to our roster,” said Whitecaps coach Jesse Symons.

“Seeing these players excel as they have is again a credit to our development program.”

Williamson started a dozen games for UBC in her freshman year as the Thunderbirds won the Canada West bronze medal.

She led the conference in shutouts with eight as well as save percentage, stopping nearly 94 per cent of the shots she faced.

The runner-up in that category had a save percentage of 85 per cent.

Williamson was 7-1-2 on the season.

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