Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) centre back Craig Nitti has been named to the USL Team of the Week after helping lead the backline to a shutout and scoring a free kick goal of his own in a 3-0 road win over Austin Aztex. Striker Caleb Clarke made it on to the Team of the Week bench after scoring the first goal in WFC2 history.
Next up for Nitti and the team is a two-game road trip in California. First up is a match on Sunday at Orange County Blues FC (kickoff at 4 p.m. PT), followed by a game on Wednesday, April 15 at defending USL champions Sacramento Republic FC (kickoff at 7:30 p.m. PT). Both matches will be shown live on whitecapsfc2.com.
Following their road trip, WFC2 return home for their inaugural home opener on Sunday, April 19 against Toronto FC II. Tickets remain available for the match at whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/wfc2tickets.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Mark Pais, Saint Louis FC: Five saves in shutout all came in second half as STL FC fought off a strong comeback bid by Tulsa to earn 2-0 win
D – Shawn McLaws, New York Red Bulls II: Defended strongly and notched first professional goal as he attacked well down the right side
D – Craig Nitti, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2: Capped an excellent defensive display with an outstanding free kick goal as WFC2 earned victory in Austin
D – Conor Shanosky, Louisville City FC: Helped City earn a point on the road in Richmond with strong defensive positioning and by winning aerial duels.
D – Onua Obasi, Rochester Rhinos: Provided assist on game-winning goal and was solid defensively as Rhinos took first win of season
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Notched game-tying goal as Charlotte earned a point on the road against Wilmington
M – Justin Portillo, Charleston Battery: Provided a strong foundation for Battery’s attack as he won possession and distributed well throughout
M – Steven Evans, Portland Timbers 2: Scored game-winning goal with three minutes remaining as T2 opened season with two wins from two
F – Dennis Chin, Arizona United SC: Scored game-tying goal and set up stoppage-time winner in 2-1 victory against LA Galaxy II
F – Jermie Lynch, Saint Louis FC: Scored first goal in STL FC history and added an assist to lead his side to 2-0 victory against Tulsa
F – Danni König, OKC Energy FC: Notched pair of goals, including a stoppage-time winner, to lift Energy FC to victory against Colorado Springs
Bench: Devin Perales (ATX), Yudia Imura (RIC), Caleb Clarke (VAN), Kris Tyrpak (ATX), Heviel Cordoves (CHS), Hugh Dixon (ROC), Matt Fondy (LOU)
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