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Residency Report: Comeback falls short in U-19 opener at the Winter Showcase

Whitecaps FC U-19 Residency opened the Winter Showcase with a 4-2 defeat against Sockers FC.

After going down 3-0, the ‘Caps made a number of halftime changes and put forth a comeback effort with a pair of second half goals. First it was Jefferson Alade heading home a cross after great wide play between Theo Bair and Jake Ruby, then it was Nicholas Fussell calmly finishing after a run down the wing and cutback pass from Alphonso Davies.

However it was not enough as Sockers scored one more in the final minute for a 4-2 win.

"Obviously a disappointing start to the week," U-19 head coach Rich Fagan told after the match. "We had good possession and were creating chances. Their first goal came completely against the run of play, and then we didn't recover from that shock well. The good news is that we have a chance to improve our performance right away against a strong FC Dallas side tomorrow. I expect a good rebound from the lads."

The U-19s are back in action on Friday as they take on FC Dallas at 11 a.m. PT. The U-17s also play their first match on Friday, taking on New York City FC at 7 a.m. PT.

Lineup vs. Sockers FC
Evan Ince; Jake Ruby, Liam Robinson (Michael Baldisimo HT), Jalen Watson (Jonas Hakkinen HT), Gabriel Escobar (Alphonso Davies 63’); Andres Charles-Barrera, Nicholas Fussell, Anthony Caceres (Noah Verhoeven HT); Georges Mukumbilwa (Jefferson Alade HT), Jose Hernandez, Ethan Gopaul (Theo Bair HT)