SAN JOSE, CA – Whitecaps FC 2 recorded a 1-0 road victory against fellow Western Conference side San Jose Earthquakes II at PayPal Park in San Jose, California on Thursday evening.
- Whitecaps FC 2 extended their shutout streak to 213 minutes, the longest such streak in the clubs MLS NEXT Pro era. The team also recorded their third clean sheet in the last four matches.
- Defender Matteo Campagna scored his first professional goal.
- Winger Antoine Coupland returned from an upper body injury and recorded his third assist of the season.
- Goalkeeper Max Anchor grabbed his first MLS NEXT Pro clean sheet.
- Whitecaps FC BMO MLS Academy products Amoni Thomas and Sydney Wathuta both made their first MLS NEXT Pro starts.
The first half saw both teams exchanging possession early on but neither side could find the breakthrough in the final third.
Earthquakes II were given a free kick opportunity in the 34th minute of the match, with forward Jose David Serrano's curled effort forcing a save from WFC2 goalkeeper Max Anchor.
After the half time interval, the Quakes created another opportunity, as fullback Oscar Verhoeven’s play connected to midfielder Sebastian Carbajal, whose strike was parried away by Anchor in the 54th minute.
Following a free kick, Whitecaps FC 2 substitute Antoine Coupland whipped in a strong cross from the right side of the field. The ball curled its way to Matteo Campagna, with the defender’s header finding the back of the net for his professional goal in the 61st minute of the match and giving the young 'Caps the 1-0 lead on the road.
The opportunities would continue to grow in the later stages of the game. As the Blue & White sprung themselves on a counter attack, J.C. Ngando passed a quick ball in from the left side of the box across to Gloire Amanda. His one timed shot was saved by Earthquakes II goalkeeper Emmanuel Ochoa in the 85th minute.
WFC2 would see the match out to secure their second road win of the season, while extending their shutout streak to 213 minutes and notching their third clean sheet of the season.
The young 'Caps continue their California road trip with a matchup against Los Angeles Galaxy II this coming Sunday, May 28, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on mlsnextpro.com. Following the match, WFC2 return home to Swangard Stadium to host Sporting KC II. Kickoff is set for Friday, June 2 at 7 p.m. PT. Tickets are complimentary for Whitecaps FC MLS season ticket members, or $10 at the gate.
Referee: Laura Rodriguez
62’ – VAN – Matteo Campagna (Antoine Coupland)
Possession: SJ 63.8% – VAN 36.2%
Shots: SJ 18 – VAN 11
Shots on Goal: SJ 5 – VAN 4
Saves: SJ 3 – VAN 4
Fouls: SJ 10 – VAN 16
Offsides: SJ 3 – VAN 1
Corners: SJ 10 – VAN 1
34’ – VAN – Matteo Campagna
55’ – VAN – Giovanni Aguilar
72’ – SJ – Oscar Verhoeven
74’ – VAN – Christian Greco-Taylor
80’ – SJ – Emmanuel Ochoa
81’ – SJ – Cameron Cilley
82’ – VAN – Antoine Coupland
San Jose Earthquakes II
41.Emmanuel Ochoa; 63.Oscar Verhoeven, 66.Alejandro Cano, 19.Cameron Cilley, 17.Keegan Tingey; 78.Sebastian Carbajal (60.Eduardo Blancas 62’), 72.Edwyn Mendoza, 99.Cruz Medina (74.Martin Kwende Jr. 78’), 75.Alex Chow (53.Rodolfo Castro Jr. 62’); 64.Jerry Ayon; 80.Jose David Serrano (70.Roberto Hategan 62’)
Substitutes not used
51.Eric De La Cerda, 50.Aaron Edwards, 76.Giancarlo Mota Morfin
Whitecaps FC 2
50.Max Anchor; 58.Amoni Thomas (57.Elage Bah 65’), 53.Simone Masi, 61.Matteo Campagna, 84.Christian Greco-Taylor (54.Mihail Gherasimencov 86’); 41.Malcolm Johnston (43.Antoine Coupland 58’), 66.Giovanni Aguilar ©, 26.J.C. Ngando; 85.Sydney Wathuta (52.Vasco Fry 57’), 76.Joe Hanson (44.Gloire Amanda 58’), 30.Kamron Habibullah
Substitutes not used
90.Cohen Park, 95.Joshué Ndakala