SAN JOSE, CA – Whitecaps FC 2 continued their MLS NEXT Pro campaign with a 3-1 loss against Western Conference side San Jose Earthquakes II at PayPal Park this Monday evening.
The first half saw the home side claiming the opening goal of the match. On a direct free kick, Rodolfo Castro Jr.’s powerful strike curled its way into the top corner of the net, giving his squad the advantage in the 37th minute.
The young ‘Caps continued to push throughout the half. After a build-up play was organized by forward Simon Becher, midfielder Giovanni Aguilar delivered a cross to Joe Hanson, who’s finish at the top of the box evened the game within the 45th minute of the match.
The second half began with San Jose grabbing a 2-1 lead in the 60th minute. Eduardo Blancas placed a pass to Maximilian Arfsten, who’s quick strike found the back of the net.
With the match progressing, a cross whipped in from the left side of the field by ‘Caps midfielder Vasco Fry found its way to Simon Becher, as his strike was then saved by goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa in the 73rd minute of the match.
As the home side got themselves on a counter attack in the late stages, substitute Joaquin Eisenberg tapped in his team’s third goal of the match in the 90th minute.
Up next for the Blue & White is the final home match at Swangard Stadium against Tacoma Defiance in the MLS NEXT Pro Game of the Week next Friday, September 9, with kickoff set to be at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets are complimentary for Whitecaps FC MLS season ticket members, or $10 at the gate.
Referee: Elton García
37’ – SJ – Rodolfo Castro Jr.
45’ – VAN – Joe Hanson (Giovanni Aguilar)
60’ – SJ – Maximilian Arfsten (Eduardo Blancas)
90’ – SJ – Joaquin Eisenberg
Possession: SJ 54.4% – VAN 45.6%*
Shots:* SJ 20 – VAN 6*
Shots on Goal:* SJ 10 – VAN 2*
Saves:* SJ 1 – VAN 6*
Fouls:* SJ 15 – VAN 11*
Offsides:* SJ 2 – VAN 0*
Corners:* SJ 8 – VAN 5
32’ – SJ – Rodolfo Castro Jr.
35’ – VAN – Pípé Fernandez-Salvador
45’+2’ – SJ – Nathan Scott
64’ – SJ – Joaquin Eisenberg
89’ – VAN – Simon Becher
41.Emmanuel Ochoa; 58.Omar Lemus, 23.Oskar Ågren, 66.Alejandro Cano, 54.Erick Reyes; 30.Niko Tsakiris (18.George Asomani 82’), 56.Nathan Scott (52.Ethan Kohler 71’), 60.Eduardo Blancas (59.Cruz Medina 71’); 16.Jack Skahan (67.Joaquin Eisenberg 61’), 53.Rodolfo Castro Jr. © (61.Miles Robinson 82’), 50.Maximilian Arfsten
Substitutes not used
51.Eric De La Cerda, 19.Siad Haji, 76.Giancarlo Mota-Morfin, 78.Sebastian Carbajal
Whitecaps FC 2
50.Max Anchor; 56.Lucas Dasovic (61.Matteo Campagna 71’), 53.Simone Masi, 3.Cristián Gutiérrez; 66.Giovanni Aguilar ©️, 52.Vasco Fry, 47.Pípé Fernandez-Salvador (49.Emiliano Brienza 80’), 51.Ali Ahmed (95.Joshué Ndakala 80’); 29.Simon Becher, 76.Joe Hanson (46.Filip Rakic 61’); 48.Théo Collomb (43.Easton Ongaro 61’)
Substitutes not used
60.Isaac Boehmer, 83.Finn Linder