BELL GARDENS, CA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams finished off their California road trip this weekend against Chivas USA Academy on Sunday. The U-18s drew even at 2-2 after a strong outing while the U-16s played another strong match, but suffered a tough 4-3 loss.
Whitecaps FC U-18 played their second game in two days with a match against Chivas USA Academy on Sunday February 9. After a strong outing the squad lacked the luck in goal to finish with a win as they drew even at 2-2.
The ‘Caps came out strong to begin the first half, controlling the tempo of the game. The Blue and White kept possession for the majority of the half as they created multiple scoring chances, but unfortunately were not able to capitalize.
Chivas USA Academy scored in the last minute of the first half to go up 1-0 at the break.
“It was frustrating a bit but the boys stuck through it and kept creating,” assistant coach Steve Meadley told whitecapsfc.com. “We came off at halftime feeling a bit hard about not finishing our chances, but we knew if we stuck at it we’d get something.”
The ‘Caps again opened the second half strong and on 66 minutes earned a penalty kick. Mitch Piraux buried the ensuing spot kick into the back of the net to level the match at 1-1.
Titouan Chopin, who came in at halftime, soon followed with a goal of his own just four minutes later to put Whitecaps FC on top 2-1.
After a fierce back and forth between the two squads, Chivas USA scored on 77 minutes to bring the score to 2-2.
In the closing minutes of the game, Chopin and substitute Kyle Jones were still pushing the tempo, creating several scoring chances for the ‘Caps. In the end, both teams came away with a point in a 2-2 draw.
Notable performances include centre backs Nicholas Prasad and Jackson Farmer for another strong match paired on the backline.
“I felt we were very good today,” Meadley told whitecapsfc.com “Again, the performance is important for us and we’re happy with how they performed. Even up to the last minute we kept creating chances and we could have ended up winning it at the end. We just lack a bit of luck in front of goal right now.”
Following a week off, the ‘Caps U-18s travel to play against Cascadia rivals Portland Timbers U-18 on Saturday, February 22.