Marco Bustos and Kianz Froese
Kim Stallknecht

Whitecaps FC Residency teams stay hot in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams continue their undefeated streak into April as they faced San Diego Surf on Saturday. With only eight games left in the United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) 2013-2014 season, both teams are looking to make their final playoff push. The U-18s won 4-1 while the U-16s battled back to draw even at 1-1. 


Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency continued their hot streak with another win against San Diego Surf as they make their push for the playoffs. The ‘Caps scored twice in each half as Marco Bustos notched a brace, and has now scored seven goals in his last three games.

San Diego would take the early lead scoring on seven minutes.

The ‘Caps would pick it up towards the end of the half as they began to build their attack. Bustos would bury home the equalizer in the 31st minute and the game winner in the 45th minute, a product of the squad's quick combination passing in final third to go up 2-1.

Despite the two goals from leading scorer Bustos (11), the ‘Caps finished the first half looking to come out stronger in the second.

“We were really disappointed with our first half performance,” U-18 assistant coach Steve Meadley told “We weren’t connecting and linking up play like we know we can and we looked a bit lethargic. We weren’t putting our passing game together. We were very disappointed with that. We let the boys know that at halftime and we regrouped and we went over the things we need to do to be more successful.”

The Blue and White would respond in the second half as they shut out the Surf and doubled their advantage to 4-1. Kyle Jones found the back of the net in the 47th minute, while his teammate and second-half substitute Matthew Chow turned one in, burying a shot into the top corner in the 88th minute.

“We got the response from the players in the second half,” Meadley told “That makes us happy as a coaching staff, that we were able to react and give a positive response in the second half.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-18

22.Marco Carducci; 27.Chris Serban, 15.Vaggeli Boucas, 5.Nicholas Prasad, 3.Sam Adekugbe; 17.Mitch Piraux (11.Jordan Haynes 57’), 10.Marco Bustos (12.Nike Azima 67’), 19.Kianz Froese; 7.Titouan Chopin (8.Matthew Chow 45’), 20.Kyle Jones.16.Mason James(4.Mark Baldisimo 45’)

Scoring Summary
7’ – SDS –
31’ – VAN – Marco Bustos
45’ – VAN – Marco Bustos
47’ – VAN – Kyle Jones
88’ – VAN – Matthew Chow
Whitecaps FC U-16 finished with their second consecutive draw as they leveled at 1-1 against San Diego Surf. After a slow start, the ‘Caps fell behind 1-0 in the second half but would battle back late.

Vancouver came out slow in the first half, struggling to create chances. The first half would come to a close with both teams level at 0

The ‘Caps were caught on a Surf break early in the second half, as they fell 1-0 in the 58th minute. The Blue and White would pick up the pace after going down though.
In the 82nd minute, David Norman sent a perfectly timed through ball to Cole Morokovich, who was taken down in the box to earn the ‘Caps a penalty kick. Dario Zanatta stepped up to take the shot and made no mistake, levelling the game at 1-1.
“It was good learning experience,” Residency staff coach Carl Valentine told “We didn’t have our best stuff. We kept pressure on them with and without the ball, created our chances, and earned a penalty to tie the game. I though 1-1 was a fair ending. “
Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-16
42.Luciano Trasolini; 46.Boubacar Diarra (39.Joshua Cuthbert 50’), 51.Manraj Bains, 2.Andre Baires, 35.John Kasper; 24.Vana Markarian (25.Hayden Simmonds-O'Grady 50’),13.David Norman, 23.Francesco Saporito, 14.Aymar Sigue (50.Partick Izett 70’),9.Dario Zanatta, 43.Daniel Sagno ( 36.Cole Morokovich 65’)
Scoring Summary
58’ – SDS –
82’ – VAN – Dario Zanatta (Penalty kick)