BURNABY, BC – Whitecaps FC 2 captured their second consecutive victory in MLS NEXT Pro with a 4-1 win over Western Conference rivals Sporting Kansas City II at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, BC.
Inside the opening minutes of the first half, SKC II forward Guy Michaeli hit a shot off the crossbar after getting in behind the WFC2 backline.
However, WFC2 answered back with the opening goal of the match in the 23rd minute, as Simone Masi thumped home the rebound to score his first professional goal to give WFC2 the 1-0 lead.
In a quick turn of events, the home side doubled their lead in the 25th minute off a quick counter attack, with Emiliano Brienza scoring his second goal of the season.
Fast forward to the second half, Giovanni Aguilar sent an over the top through ball to Filip Rakic, who gave WFC2 a 3-0 lead in the 66th minute after rounding SKC II goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh.
However, SKC II responded with a goal themselves by defender Michael Lenis in the 71st minute as his cross zipped in past WFC2 goalkeeper Ben Alexander.
WFC2 would extend their lead to 4-1 in the 84th minute as Ali Ahmed sent Joe Hanson in on goal, who smashed in his first goal of the season.
Up next for the young ‘Caps is another home match at Swangard Stadium as they take on San Jose Earthquakes II next Saturday, April 30. Kick off is set for 3:00 p.m. PT. For tickets, visit https://www.whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/tickets/
Referee: Aubrey Kotelko
23’ – VAN – Simone Masi
25’ – VAN – Emiliano Brienza
66’ – VAN – Filip Rakic (Giovanni Aguilar)
72’ – SKC – Michael Lenis
84’ – VAN – Joe Hanson (Ali Ahmed, Simon Becher)
Possession: VAN 44.9% – SKC 55.1%
Shots: VAN 11 – SKC 24
Shots on Goal: VAN X – SKC X
Saves: VAN 1 – SKC 1
Fouls: VAN 13 – SKC 16
Offsides: VAN 3 – SKC 3
Corners: VAN 4 – SKC 8
45+1’ – VAN – Emiliano Brienza
46’ – VAN – Pipe Fernandez Salvador
53’ – SKC – Cole McLagan
64’ – SKC – Jake Davis
90’ – SKC – Collin Fernandez
Whitecaps FC 2
40.Ben Alexander; 53.Simone Masi, 64.Cristian Campagna ©, 61.Matteo Campagna; 57.Elage Bah, 92.Jay Herdman (52.Vasco Fry 65’), 66.Giovanni Aguilar, 47.Pipe Fernandez Salvador (68.Owen Antoniuk 59’), 44.Chris Lee (51.Ali Ahmed 65’); 49.Emiliano Brienza (29.Simon Becher 59’), 46.Filip Rakic (76.Joe Hanson 82’)
Substitutes not used
60.Isaac Boehmer, 58.Eric White, 83.Finn Linder, 95.Joshue Ndakala
Sporting Kansas City II
22.Kendall McIntosh; 71.Michael Lenis, 78.Cole McLagan (56.Jayvin Van Deventer 78’) 84.Jahon Rad (86.Draven Barnett 71’), 80.Spencer Glass (49.Coby Jones 70’); 64.Cade Thomson (77.Dembakwi Yomba 59’), 88.Collin Fernandez ©; 17.Jake Davis; 70.Tijani Fatah (47.Mataeo Bunbury 59’) 90.Michaeli Guy, 30.Julian Vazquez
Substitutes not used
99.Ethan Bandre, 48.Kaveh Rad, 49.Coby Jones, 61.Josh Coan, 72.Esai Easley