TUKWILA, WA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC U-23 (0W-0L-1D) played their first road match of their 2019 schedule on Saturday, coming away with a hard fought 2-2 draw against Seattle Sounders FC’s USL affiliate Tacoma Defiance.
Head coach Nick Dasovic fielded several guest players and Academy call-ups with a number of regulars away at preseason with the first team in Los Angeles, and others with the U-17 Academy team at the Generation adidas Cup.
Centre back Connor Guilherme – who captained the side – scored on 30 minutes. Guilherme has signed on with the 'Caps U-23 team from the University of British Columbia. Guilherme also previously played with TSS Rovers FC in the PDL.
Late in the first half, Tacoma were awarded a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Sean Melvin saved the initial shot, but Tacoma pounced on the rebound to level the match at 1-1.
Tacoma then took a 2-1 lead, but striker Jefferson Alade equalized for the ‘Caps in the 63rd minute on an assist from U-19 Academy defender Cristian Campagna.
Both sides agreed to play an extra 15 minutes at the end of the match, but no more goals would be scored as the result ended 2-2.
Next up for the U-23s are a pair of home matches. First up, the group faces the Vancouver Metro Soccer League (VSML) All-Stars this coming Sunday, February 24 at 1 p.m. PT at the NSDC. The following Friday, March 1 they will face the UBC men’s soccer team at 4:15 p.m. PT at the NSDC.
Later this year the group will travel to England to face their counterparts from English Premier League clubs. Stay tuned to whitecapsfc.com for the complete roster and schedule.
First half lineup
Sean Melvin*; T-boy Fayia^, Trialist+, Connor Guilherme, Christopher Lee^; Albert Kang^, Trialisti#, Chance Carter; Trialist#, Jefferson Alade^, Trialist+
Second half lineup
Sean Melvin*; Trialist#, Connor Guilherme, Cristian Campagna^, Jalen Watson^; Logan Chung^, Ali Zohar^, Vasco Fry^; T-boy Fayia^, Trialist#, Sidrit Vukaj^
Extra time lineup
Evan Ince^; Trialist#, Trialist+, Jalen Watson^, Christopher Lee^; Trialist#, Vasco Fry^, Ali Zohar^; Albert Kang^, Jefferson Alade^, Trialist+
* MLS roster
^ Current Academy player
# Academy alumni
+ Guest player