BURNABY, BC – Whitecaps FC 2 fell to a 2-1 loss against Colorado Rapids 2 at Swangard Stadium this Thursday night.

The first half saw the ‘Caps scoring the first goal, as Ali Ahmed’s long cross connected to Simon Becher inside the final third. The forward’s run was followed by a tidy finish, giving his squad a 1-0 lead within the 20th minute of the match.

The second half saw Rapids 2 having a close attempt early on, as Omar Gomez’s shot from close range struck off the post in the 59th minute of the match.

As the match progressed, Colorado were given an indirect free kick within the penalty area in the 62nd minute of the match. With Yosuke Hanya making a short pass on the ensuing set piece, Philip Mayaka’s quick shot inside the box would tie the game.

Colorado would find the go-ahead goal after a quick counter attack was organized by defender Blake Malone in the late stages of the match. Forward Maclovio Swett’s powerful strike from outside the box flew into the top corner of the net, giving his team a 2-1 advantage in the 85th minute.

With the young ‘Caps pushing on for the equalizer in stoppage time, Elage Bah’s shot would go right over the top of the net. Rapids 2 would claim the victory as the final whistle blew at Swangard Stadium.

WFC2 are back on the road at PayPal Park for a Western Conference clash against San Jose Earthquakes II next Monday, September 5, with kickoff set to be at 6 p.m. PT. You can catch all the action live on mlsnextpro.com

MATCH DETAILS

Referee: Niko Jecanski

Scoring Summary
20’ – VAN – Simon Becher (Ali Ahmed)
62’ – COL – Philip Mayaka (Yosuke Hanya)
86’ – COL – Maclovio Swett (Blake Malone)

Statistics
Possession:
VAN 60.9% – COL 39.1%
Shots: VAN 23 – COL 8
Shots on Goal: VAN 7 – COL 4
Saves: VAN 2 – COL 6
Fouls: VAN 12 – COL 9
Offsides: VAN 3 – COL 0
Corners: VAN 6 – COL 3

Cautions
32’ – COL – Michael Edwards
36’ – VAN – Michael Baldisimo
86’ – COL – Maclovio Swett
87’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar

Whitecaps FC 2
50.Max Anchor; 61.Matteo Campagna (49.Emiliano Brienza 84’), 83.Finn Linder, 56.Lucas Dasovic (53.Simone Masi 55’); 41.Nick Salihamidžić (57.Elage Bah 60’), 3.Cristián Gutiérrez (52.Vasco Fry HT), 33.Michael Baldisimo (92.Jay Herdman 60’), 51.Ali Ahmed; 29.Simon Becher ©, 43.Easton Ongaro, 66.Giovanni Aguilar

Substitutes not used
60.Isaac Boehmer, 42.Lowell Wright, 57.Elage Bah, 76.Joe Hanson, 95.Joshué Ndakala

Colorado Rapids 2
28.Abraham Rodriguez ©; 34.Michael Edwards, 46.Blake Malone, 54.Daniel Garcia; 42.Omar Gomez, 80.Jack Sullivan (87.Keith Chavarria 73’), 56.Connor Miller, 53.Steve Flores; 47.Yosuke Hanya, 16.Philip Mayaka, 57.Maclovio Swett (85.Josh Hardin 89’)

Substitutes not used
71.Diego Gurrola, 44.Michael Harris