Whitecaps FC reserves fall to LA Galaxy in last match of the season

Salgado plays full match, sees shot hit the crossbar

Jackson Farmer

Photo Credit: 
(Bob Frid/Vancouver Whitecaps FC)

Vancouver Whitecaps FC reserves (3W-5L-2D) were defeated 6-0 by LA Galaxy reserves (6W-3L-1D) at The Home Depot Center's University Field #1 in their final match of the 2012 MLS Reserve League season on Friday morning.

A pair of positives to come out of the Southern California trip were the return of striker Omar Salgado and minutes for three U-18 Residency players. It was the United States U-20 international’s first match since fracturing a bone in his right foot on June 6.

The 19-year-old even came close to scoring three minutes before halftime when he shook off David Junior Lopes and sent a looping shot crashing into the Galaxy crossbar.

Whitecaps FC head coach Martin Rennie also gave playing time to Whitecaps FC Residency players, including defenders Sam Adekugbe and Jackson Farmer, as well as midfielder Kianz Froese.

Brazilian Tiago Ulisses played his second straight match for the 'Caps reserves, while midfielder Jun Marques Davidson was playing in an unfamiliar role in central defence alongside Argentine Martin Bonjour.

LA opened the scoring in the eighth minute through Pat Noonan, but Whitecaps FC reserves were able to keep the deficit to one goal at halftime.

The hosts then scored five goals in the second half to clinch the Reserve League's West Division title.

Scoring Summary:
8' - LA – Pat Noonan (Rafael Garcia)
55' - LA – Tommy Meyer (Unassisted)
63' - LA – Rafael Garcia (Pat Noonan, Bryan Gaul)
70 - LA – Andrew Boyens (Kenney Walker)
88' - LA – Jack McBean (Raul Mendiola)
90+1' - LA – Jack McBean (Raul Mendiola, Michael Stephens)

Cautions:
53' - LA – Rafael Garcia

LA Galaxy reserves
Brian Perk, Bryan Jordan (Oscar Sorto^ 68’), Andrew Boyens, David Junior Lopes (Tommy Meyer 46’), Bryan Gaul; Hector Jimenez, Kenney Walker, Rafael Garcia (Drew Murphy^ 85’), Michael Stephens; Pat Noonan (Raul Mendiola^ 74’), Edson Buddle (Jack McBean 46’)

Substitutes not used: Brian Rowe

^LA Galaxy Academy

Vancouver Whitecaps FC reserves
Brian Sylvestre; Greg Klazura, Martin Bonjour, Jun Marques Davidson, Sam Adekugbe^; Russell Teibert, Michael Nanchoff, Tiago Ulisses, Jacob Lensky* (Jackson Farmer^ 63’); Etienne Barbara (Kianz Froese^ 68’), Omar Salgado

Substitutes not used: Brody Huitema^

^Whitecaps FC Residency
*Trialist