HERRIMAN, UT – Whitecaps FC 2 played to a 1-1 draw against Premier League 2 (PL2) side Crystal Palace U-21 in the MLS NEXT Pro Invitational at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah on Tuesday. The sides then went to a shootout, with Crystal Palace taking the victory.
After a scoreless first half, Lowell Wright opened the scoring with his first official goal for the club in the 57th minute, after a pass from Elage Bah.
But Crystal Palace would strike back in the 72nd minute on a great strike from Chimaechi Eze, assisted by Rio Cardines.
In the shootout, Kam Habibullah, Antoine Coupland, and Christian Greco-Taylor converted, while Max Anchor made one stop, but shots from Fry and Wright were missed as the visitors from England celebrated at the end.
WFC2 are right back in action this Sunday, July 30 when they travel down the I-5 to take on Tacoma Defiance at 12 p.m. PT at Starfire Sports Stadium.
Referee: Rachel Swett
57’ – VAN – Lowell Wright (Elage Bah)
72’ – CRY – Chimaechi Eze (Rio Cardines)
VAN – Scored – Kam Habibullah
CRY – Scored – Jack Wells-Morrison
VAN – Missed – Vasco Fry
CRY – Scored – Scott Banks
VAN – Scored – Antoine Coupland
CRY – Scored – Luke Plange
VAN – Scored – Christian Greco-Taylor
CRY – Missed – Victor Akinwale
VAN – Missed – Lowell Wright
CRY – Scored – Fionn Mooney
Possession: CRY 56.4% - VAN 43.6%
Shots: CRY 17 - VAN 8
Shots on Goal: CRY 8 - VAN 4
Saves: CRY 2 - VAN 6
Fouls: CRY 18 - VAN 17
Offsides: CRY 1 - VAN 2
Corners: CRY 8 - VAN 3
25’ – CRY – Jack Wells-Morrison
55’ – CRY – Adler Nascimento
64’ – VAN – Elage Bah
70’ – VAN – Antoine Coupland
82’ – CRY – Dylan Reid
86’ – CRY – Seán Grehan
Whitecaps FC 2
50.Max Anchor; 46.Darko Ilić (57.Elage Bah HT), 56.Lucas Dasovic (95.Joshué Ndakala HT), 83.Finn Linder, 54.Mihail Gherasimencov (43.Antoine Coupland HT); 41.Malcolm Johnston (53.Simone Masi HT), 66.Giovanni Aguilar ©️ (52.Vasco Fry HT), 84.Christian Greco-Taylor; 76.Joe Hanson, 44.Gloire Amanda (42.Lowell Wright HT), 30.Kamron Habibullah
Substitutes not used
Crystal Palace U-21
13.Jackson Izguierdo; 2.Caleb Kporha (17.Fionn Mooney 63'), 20.Joe Sheridan (22.Jake Grante 63'), 5.Seán Grehan, 6.Noah Watson (16.Rio Cardines 39') (11.Scott Banks 89'); 24.Dylan Reid, 8.Jack Wells-Morrison; 15.Franco Umeh (21.Mofe Jemide 63'), 10.Jadan Raymond (23.Chimaechi Eze 63'), 12.Adler Nascimento (7.Luke Plange 77'); 9.Ademola Ola-Adebomi (14.Victor Akinwale HT)
Substitutes not used
1.Joe Whitworth, 3.Tayo Adaramola, 4.Kaden Rodney, 19.David Obou