WFC2 continue unbeaten preseason with 2-0 win over FVSL All-Stars

PORT MOODY, BC – Goals from Ghanaian Fatawu Safiu and Residency product Terran Campbell propelled Whitecaps FC 2 (WFC2) to a 2-0 preseason win over the Fraser Valley Soccer League All-Stars on a rainy Wednesday night at the Port Moody Town Centre.

Safiu opened the scoring in the 21st minute with a beauty. After 15-year-old Alphonso Davies caused a turnover in midfield, Safiu showed some fancy footwork at the top right corner of the box before curling a perfect strike past the defender and goalkeeper inside the far post.

Campbell, a second-half sub, added insurance in the 89th minute, finishing first-time in the box after a nice run by Victor Blasco down the left flank.

Both Campbell and Safiu also each hit the woodwork on strikes from outside the box – Safiu’s was a 40-yard screamer off the crossbar in the 36th minute.

Meanwhile, goalkeepers Marco Carducci and Spencer Richey each played a half and combined for the clean sheet.

WFC2 head coach Alan Koch fielded a starting lineup composed of five Whitecaps FC Residency products and a sixth Canadian in Brett Levis, who had a strong game at left back. Five more Canadians saw time as second-half subs: Campbell, Daniel Haber, Jordan Haynes, Jackson Farmer, and Mitch Piraux – his first appearance since last year’s season-ending injury.

With the win, WFC2 remain unbeaten in the preseason (4W-0L-1D). They have three more preseason matches to go, including a fixture vs. the Simon Fraser University Clan this Sunday at SFU Fox Field (3 p.m. PT), before opening the 2016 USL season on Saturday, March 26 on the road against Orange County Blues FC.

The team hosts their home opener on Sunday, April 10 at Thunderbird Stadium against Sacramento Republic FC. Ticket information is available at whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/wfc2tickets.

EDMONTON CONNECTION

Over 40 members of the Edmonton-based St. Nicholas Soccer Academy were in attendance on Wednesday night to cheer on Davies and Farmer, who were both members of the academy before joining Whitecaps FC’s Residency program.

“It’s fantastic to open these grade nines eyes to what could possibly be next for them,” said St. Nicholas coach Marco Bossio. “A year ago pretty much today, these guys were playing with Alphonso and against him. It’s pretty cool that they could see a former student now playing in a professional environment.”

Bossio and his group are also planning to go watch Whitecaps FC U-18 Residency midfielder Gloire Amanda and Pre-Residency forward T-Boy Faiya, both former members of the academy, during their five-day stay. They’re in town for this weekend’s Surrey’s Mayor Cup. 

Date

Opponent

Location

Time / Result

Saturday, February 13

University of British Columbia

UBC Thunderbird Stadium

    2-0

Thursday, February 18

Trinity Western University

Burnaby Lake Sports Complex

    5-0

Sunday, February 28

University of Washington

SFU Fox Field

    3-0

Sunday, March 6

Toronto FC II

SFU Fox Field

    1-1

Wednesday, March 9

FVSL All-Stars

Port Moody Town Centre

    2-0

Sunday, March 13

Simon Fraser University

SFU Fox Field

3 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16

Seattle Sounders FC 2

TBC

3 p.m.

Saturday, March 19

Oregon State University

SFU Fox Field

2 p.m.


This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. More information on how to select your WFC2 matches will be sent out with your Tier 1 MLS membership packages. All ‘Caps Club Members can upgrade to the full WFC2 season for only $7 per month over 12 months, while Youth can get WFC2 season tickets for $2 per match.

Tier 2 season ticket memberships are also now available, while single match and group tickets will be available in March. For more information, contact wfc2@whitecapsfc.com or call 604-484-7862.

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