Whitecaps FC Reserves set to battle Seattle Sounders FC Reserves
VANCOUVER, BC – To wrap up their MLS Reserve League season, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Reserves (4W-2L-3D) travel to Washington to take on Cascadia foes Seattle Sounders (2W-6L-1D) on Monday. Kickoff at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Washington is at 7 p.m. PT. Updates will be provided on Twitter via @WhitecapsMatch.
The match will conclude a largely successful season for Whitecaps FC Reserves as the team have lost just two games all season and sit in second place in the West Division standings with only LA Galaxy having registered more points-per-game than the Blue and White.
The team will be hoping to make it a Cascadia clean sweep on the road having beaten Portland Timbers 3-2 in their last match on August 4. During a topsy-turvy game Whitecaps FC fought back after going down a goal and eventually prevailed with a late penalty from Tommy Heinemann, his second goal of the match, sealing the victory. Erik Hurtado scored the other goal to cap a fine personal performance from the young winger.
Goalkeepers: Brad Knighton, Joe Cannon
Defenders: Sam Adekugbe**, Greg Klazura, Carlyle Mitchell, Ethen Sampson*
Midfielders: Aminu Abdallah, Marco Bustos**, Jun Marques Davidson, Kianz Froese**, Erik Hurtado, Kekuta Manneh
Strikers: Brett Levis+, Marlon Ramirez*
* Whitecaps FC U-23
** Whitecaps FC U-18
Seattle have endured a torrid time this season as the team currently find themselves bottom of the West Division standings with a 2W-6L-1D record.
Last time out they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of United Soccer Leagues (USL) PRO side Orlando City. After conceding in the first minute, Seattle let in a second before halftime and couldn’t find a response in front of a crowd of 10,697 at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
Sounder FC have two matches remaining after Monday’s tussle with Real Salt Lake visiting Starfire Sports Complex before the Rave Green finish up with what promises to be a feisty affair away at Portland Timbers.
The last meeting between the sides was an entertaining encounter which showcased some of the ‘Caps up and coming youngsters. Sam Adekugbe, Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese all played the full match with Adekugbe notching a goal and an assist in a rampant 4-0 victory over the Sounders while Bustos grabbed another two assists.
With all the goals coming in the second half, winger Erik Hurtado opened the scoring before Adekugbe’s strike. Heinemann sealed the win with two goals late in the game.