After an unexpected week off, Whitecaps FC 2 (2W-0L-1D) are heading back out on the road to face top-ranked LA Galaxy II (2W-0L-3D) at StubHub Center on Friday. Kickoff will be at 7:30 p.m. PT and will be webcasted live on whitecapsfc2.com.
LAST MATCH: WFC2 notch hard-earned point versus MLS-hopeful Sacramento
Both clubs are undefeated so far this season and are at the top of the Western Conference standings. Galaxy II sit in first place with nine points and WFC2 is in a four-way tie for second with seven points.
WHITECAPS FC 2
The ‘Caps should be well rested for Friday’s match after having last Sunday’s match postponed due to a snowstorm that stopped OKC Energy FC from being able to make it to Vancouver.
Not only will WFC2 be looking to continue their point streak, but they will also be focused on getting their first ever win over Galaxy II. Last season, WFC2 dropped both games to Los Dos, the first at StubHub Center 2-1 and the second on home turf 2-0.
The young ‘Caps have been exceeding all expectations so far as they have faced bigger, more experienced opponents. With their early success comes assurance that they are a force to be reckoned with in the league.
Head coach Alan Koch said, “I think our group feels very confident. There is a sense of belief in each other.” That belief has led WFC2 to be one of three undefeated teams in the Western Conference entering Week 5.
Offensively, the ‘Caps have been led by captain Kyle Greig and Canadian senior national player Daniel Haber, who have two goals apiece after three matches. Between goalkeepers Sean Melvin and Spencer Richey, WFC2 have allowed only one goal, with Melvin recording two shutouts to start his professional career.
Besides Melvin, a number of WFC2 players have made their professional debuts in the early going of the 2016 USL season, including 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick Cole Seiler, and Residency products Matthew Baldisimo and Alphonso Davies. Promising WFC teenagers Kadin Chung and Thomas Gardner picked up their first starts and have cracked head coach Alan Koch’s rotation. Dutch centre back Sem de Wit, who was named to the USL Team of the Week after the last match versus Sacramento, has been a mainstay on the backline.
LA GALAXY II
On the other hand, LA Galaxy II have also had a long break with nine days between matches. Galaxy II have earned three consecutive draws, most recently coming in a 1-1 result against San Antonio FC last week.
Los Dos have been excelling offensively as they lead the league with 10 goals, including four from their captain, Jack McBean, who is tied for the league lead.
LA goalkeeper Clement Diop is someone WFC2 will have to try and solve to come out with three points. Diop has recorded two clean sheets in his three starts this season, allowing just one goal against in the San Antonio match.
LA Galaxy II will prove to be another tough battle for WFC2, but it will no doubt be an entertaining match between two teams looking to stay undefeated.
After Friday's match, Whitecaps FC 2 return home before heading to Kansas City for their first-ever visit to expansion side Swope Park Rangers on Wednesday, April 27. The 'Caps then conclude a run of three straight road matches at Saint Louis FC three days later. WFC2 return to Thunderbird Stadium on May 4 to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC on Attack of the ‘Caps Clones Night.
This year, every Tier 1 ‘Caps Club MLS membership includes three open tickets to WFC2 matches. Members can select their matches and theme days online through Account Manager. Information on theme days is available at whitecapsfc.com/wfc2/themedays.
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