BURNABY, BC – Whitecaps FC 2 began their June home stand by recording a 4-0 win over fellow Western Conference side Real Monarchs at Swangard Stadium this Sunday evening.
The ‘Caps would open the scoring in the first half, as forward Simon Becher found himself in behind the opponent’s backline on a breakaway, but was tripped from behind by Monarchs defender Golden Mafwenta.
The referee showed Mafwenta the red card, meaning the Monarchs would play the rest of the match with 10 men.
'Caps first team midfielder Caio Alexandre would take the ensuing free kick but he saw his right-footed effort curl just over the top of the Monarchs goal.
After some quick buildup play made at the top of the box by the young 'Caps, the ball ricocheted into the path of Becher, who calmly slotted home his second goal of the season in the 29th minute.
The home side quickly doubled their lead six minutes later through wingback Elage Bah, who curled in a loose ball in the area, the fullback would score his first professional goal in the 35th minute of the match.
In first half stoppage time, Becher came close to grabbing his second of the match, as Alexandre chipped a ball into the box for the forward but he couldn't direct his effort past Monarchs goalkeeper Blake Kelly.
The second half would start with an opportunity from Real Monarchs, as a quick play led to forward John Imperato finding himself in a one-on-one situation, but WFC2 goalkeeper Isaac Boehmer responded with a strong save in the 65th minute.
The home side would stretch their lead even further, as Becher's flick pass found Jay Herdman inside the box, who chipped in the third ‘Caps goal of the match and his first professional goal.
In stoppage time, WFC2 substitute Théo Collomb created space in the corner and laid a ball back to Eric White, who crossed it into Joe Hanson to head home his second goal of the season and give the young 'Caps a 4-0 victory.
WFC2 will now shift focus to their next home match in their June home stand against Cascadia rivals Tacoma Defiance on Sunday, June 12, with kickoff set for 2 p.m. PT at Swangard Stadium. You can catch the match live on www.mlsnextpro.com.
Referee: Michael Mund
29’ – VAN – Simon Becher
35’ – VAN – Elage Bah
83’ – VAN – Jay Herdman
90’+2’ – VAN – Joe Hanson (Eric White)
Possession: VAN 60.2% – SLC 39.8%
Shots: VAN 23 – SLC 4
Shots on Goal: VAN 9 – SLC 3
Saves: VAN 3 – SLC 5
Fouls: VAN 15 – SLC 16
Offsides: VAN 1 – SLC 1
Corners: VAN 5 – SLC 0
11’ – SLC – Jaziel Orozco
45’+1’ – SLC – Diego Luna
45’+1’ – SLC – Jamison Olave
48’ – VAN – Filip Rakic
60’ – SLC – Julio Benitez
87’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar
19’ – SLC – Golden Mafwenta
Whitecaps FC 2
60.Isaac Boehmer; 83.Finn Linder, 64.Cristian Campagna, 61.Matteo Campagna; 57.Elage Bah, 8.Caio Alexandre (92.Jay Herdman HT), 52.Vasco Fry, 66.Giovanni Aguilar, 46.Filip Rakic (58.Eric White 59’); 29.Simon Becher (48.Théo Collomb 85’), 49.Emiliano Brienza (76.Joe Hanson 59’)
Substitutes not used
40.Ben Alexander, 47. Pípé Fernandez-Salvador, 53.Simone Masi, 68.Owen Antoniuk, 95.Joshué Ndakala
98. Blake Kelly; 42.Pierre Reedy, 20.Eric Holt ©, 50.Golden Mafwenta, 3.Chris Kablan; 65.Alex Rodriguez Escobar (45.Terron Williams 63’), 40.Christian Nydegger, 99.Jaziel Orozco, 70.Leo Torres (33.Julio Benitez 39’); 26.Diego Luna (72.Izahi Imparo 83’); 88.John Imperato
Substitutes not used