SeaTac, Washington – On a day where all three Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams played their Cascadia rivals from Seattle, the U-16 and U-14 teams led the way for the Blue and White.
In the opening match, Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency (12W-2L-3D) conceded late, allowing Seattle Sounders FC (12W-4L-1D) to get all three points and gain ground on the Northwest Division-leading ‘Caps.
Seattle opened the scoring 10 minutes into the match from an in-swinging free kick that was redirected in by the head of a Seattle defender who joined the play.
The Blue and White didn’t give up after allowing an early goal and began to settle in. They forced the Seattle keeper to make several big saves, keeping Vancouver off the scoreboard in the first half.
The second half was similar to the first as both teams knew what it meant to win this derby match.
In the second half, Francesco Saporito subbed into the match. The midfielder rewarded his coach’s decision by scoring five minutes after entering.
Late in the second half Seattle pulled ahead for good after stripping the ball from the ‘Caps backline.
"The boys were fired up for this rivalry match, and the Sounders were clearly motivated with MLS head coach Sigi Schmid watching," noted U-18 coach Niall Thompson. "We deserved a better result, but I can't fault the effort."
10’ – SEA
76’ – VAN – Francesco Saporito
84’ – SEA
Vancouver Whitecaps FCU-18
2. Andre Baires, 5. Vaggeli Boucas, 14. Terran Campbell, 39. Joshua Cuthbert, 41. Duwayne Ewart, 17. Jeevin Kang, 24. Vena Markarian, 8. Ali Musse (23. Francesco Saporito 71’), 15. Drake Rendle (20. Kyle Jones 46’), 42. Luciano Trasolini, 9. Dario Zanatta
A strong performance from Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency (11W-2L-4D) earned them a 3-1 win against their Sounders FC counterparts (7W-7L-3D) on Saturday afternoon.
The first Whitecaps FC goal came from a clever combination of passing between Amanda and Sagno before Amanda finished.
The Blue and Whites second goal came when Sagno stood over a direct free kick, he bent the ball around the wall and dipped into the bottom the right corner.
Vancouver’s third goal was started when Terrell Smith sent a long diagonal pass to Sagno, who used his first touch to get past the defender before passing the ball in the bottom corner of the net.
Coach Rich Fagan spoke at the end of the match. “I’m pleased with the team's performance today," noted Fagan. "They deserved the positive result.”
27’ – VAN – Amanda Glorie (Daniel Sagno)
28’ – SEA
47’ – VAN – Daniel Sagno
70’ – VAN – Daniel Sagno (Terrell Smith)
Vancouver Whitecaps U-16
30. Aidan Aylward, 32. Kadin Chung, 40. Brendan Skinner (35. John Kasper 41’), 31. Frazer Poulter, 48. Terrell Smith, 33. Michael Baldisimo (47. Jonas Hakkinen 74’), 45. Munir Saleh, 49. Gloire Amanda (52. Gabriel Escobar 65’), 36. Cole Morokhovich (38. Noah Verhoeven 61’), 27. Daniel Sagno, 37. Nicolas Apostol
In the third match of the weekend, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Pre-Residency defeated their equivalent counterparts from Sounders FC 2-0.
After a 0-0 score at halftime, Logan Chung openedthe scoring for the ‘Caps after a great ball in from Nicolas Budisa.
Soon the lead was doubled in spectacular fashion, Tudor Mihaila crossed the ball for Travis Selje who finished with a diving header.
Pre-Residency Coach Bart Choufour was happy with the performance “It was a good game, we performed well,” noted Choufour. “It gets harder and harder every time. We have seen Seattle a lot this season.”
52’ – VAN – Logan Chung (Nicolas Budisa)
65’ – VAN – Travis Selje (Alessandro Hojabrpour)
Vancouver Whitecaps U-14 Pre-Residency
Evan Ince (Trevor Schneider ’35), Travis Selje, Ali Zohar, Nikolas White, Nikolas Papakyriakopoulos, Tudor Mihaila, Sahil Dhindsa (Tristan Torresan ’35), Jude Barrow (Nicolas Budisa ’35), Jared Carlin (Logan Chung ’43), Alessandro Hojabrpour, Devin O’Hea