Vancouver Whitecaps FC reserves (3W-4L-2D) play their final match of the MLS Reserve League season when they take on Los Angeles Galaxy reserves (5W-3L-1D) at The Home Depot Center on Friday. The match kicks off at 10 a.m. PT with regular updates via our Twitter feed: @WhitecapsFC
Boosted by the long-awaited return of striker Omar Salgado, the ‘Caps second string will be looking to finish their season on a high after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to San Jose Earthquakes reserves in their most recent outing last month.
In the previous match-up between Whitecaps FC reserves and Galaxy reserves in June, Los Angeles ran out 3-1 winners at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Canada U-20 representative Bryce Alderson was the lone scorer for Vancouver.
Aside from the inclusion of Salgado - who hasn’t played since fracturing his foot playing for the United States U-20 team in June - there will once again be a mix of players from the senior team and the Residency program.
Brazilian midfielder Tiago Ulisses played his first match in Whitecaps FC colours against San Jose and he impressed with his composure on the ball. Head coach Martin Rennie will be looking for a similar effort from the import.
Also, four players from Whitecaps FC’s Residency teams will be given valuable playing time against experienced opponents.
VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC RESERVES
Goalkeeper: Brian Sylvestre
Defenders: *Sam Adekugbe, Martin Bonjour, *Jackson Farmer, Greg Klazura
Midfielders: Jun Marques Davidson, *Kianz Froese, **Jacob Lensky, Michael Nanchoff, Russell Teibert, Tiago Ulisses
Strikers: Etienne Barbara, *Brody Huitema, Omar Salgado,
*Whitecaps FC Residency