VANCOUVER, BC - Whitecaps FC 2 striker Fatawu Safiu was named to the USL Team of the Week, the league announced on Tuesday.
The forward from Ghana opened his WFC2 account in a big way last Friday, tallying a goal and an assist as the 'Caps came back from a two-goal deficit to notch a hard-earned point on the road against USL-leading LA Galaxy II.
With the 'Caps down 2-0, the super sub came on to convert off an Erik Hurtado cross, calmly slotting a shot in with his left foot to cut the deficit in half.
Then just five minutes later, Safiu looked to set his teammate up. After cutting into the middle, Safiu played a brilliant through ball to striker Kyle Greig, who would not waste his chance off the Safiu helper.
And here was the tying goal. Captain Kyle Greig gets his third goal of the season on a splendid pass from Safiu. https://t.co/LTovZNgGwT— Whitecaps FC 2 (@wfc2) April 23, 2016
WFC2 continue their three-match road swing at Swope Park Rangers on Wednesday, April 27. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. and will be broadcast live on whitecapsfc2.com, serving as a tasty leadup to the MLS match between Whitecaps FC and Sporting Kansas City at 7:30 p.m.
Safiu and the young 'Caps are back at Thunderbird Stadium next Wednesday, May 4 when they host Tulsa Energy FC for Attack of the 'Caps Clones Night.
MLS season ticket holders can redeem their WFC2 tickets through Account Manager, while single match tickets are available here.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Billy Thompson, Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC: Thompson recorded three big saves after coming off the bench in the 20th minute to help Colorado Springs take a 1-0 win against San Antonio.
D – Tyler Turner, Orlando City B: The fullback was a threat all evening, and scored a pair of fine goals to lead OCB to a 2-1 win against Pittsburgh, its first in club history.
D – Cyprian Hedrick, OKC Energy FC: Hedrick had a stellar performance at the center of OKC’s defense as Energy FC handed the Swope Park Rangers their first defeat with a 1-0 win.
D – Shawn Ferguson, Charleston Battery: Ferguson helped contain a strong Bethlehem Steel FC attack as the Battery rebounded from their first loss to earn a point on the road.
D – AJ Cochran, Saint Louis FC: Cochran marshaled STLFC’s defense impressively, as the visitors earned a 1-0 victory on the road against Sacramento Republic FC.
M – Fatawu Safiu, Whitecaps FC 2: Safiu came off the bench to record a goal and assist as WFC2 rallied for a 2-2 draw on the road against the LA Galaxy II.
M – Enzo Martinez, Charlotte Independence: Martinez earned his second consecutive selection as his goal paved the way for another big win, this time against the Richmond Kickers.
M – Dan Metzger, New York Red Bulls II: Metzger scored the only goal, his first since an injury midway through the 2015 season, to keep New York undefeated with a 1-0 win against Wilmington.
F – Kharlton Belmar, Portland Timbers 2: Belmar earned a second consecutive selection as he was a threat all game in Tulsa, where he scored the opening goal in the first half, and played a key role in the second.
F – Christian Volesky, Rochester Rhinos: Volesky continued his dominant form of a season ago against FC Montreal, scoring both goals as the Rhinos rallied for a 2-1 victory in their home opener.
F – Chandler Hoffman, Louisville City FC: Hoffman’s hot streak continued with another pair of goals as Louisville took its third consecutive win with a 3-2 victory against Harrisburg.
Bench: Mitch Hildebrandt (CIN), Christian Duke (SPR), Paul Wilson (HAR), Jack McBean (LA), Trevin Caesar (OC), Jose Escalante (RGV), Raheem Edwards (TOR)
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.
Youth season passes are also available for $30 all in. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-484-7862.