After beginning their three-match road trip with a 2-2 draw at Western Conference leaders LA Galaxy II, Whitecaps FC 2 (2W-0L-2D) look to continue their forward development tonight when they visit Swope Park Rangers (2W-1L-1D) in Kansas City.
Kickoff is at 5 p.m. on whitecapsfc2.com, lining up to be a perfect lead-up to the matchup between their MLS counterparts at BC Place at 7:30 p.m.
WHITECAPS FC 2
The 'Caps continue to show improvements with every match, most recently in the comeback draw at LA. Young guns Kadin Chung and Brett Levis manned the flanks in the back, while 15-year old Alphonso Davies was a constant threat in attack. Substitutes Fatawu Safiu and Kyle Greig came on late to provide the surge to notch the tough-earned road point.
WFC2 have been boosted in recent matches by some of the club's bright young first team players, including rookie centre back Cole Seiler, and second-year midfielders Marco Bustos, Deybi Flores, and Ben McKendry.
The team is also benefiting from the steady goalkeeping of Seattle native Spencer Richey, and Whitecaps FC Residency product and team newcomer Sean Melvin. Together, the pair has only seen three shots go past them in the first five games of the season as they continue to be a strong final line of defence in the ‘Caps goal.
SWOPE PARK RANGERS
Wednesday’s opponents, Swope Park Rangers, are coming off a tough 1-0 loss against Oklahoma City Energy FC last weekend, their first defeat of the season. To date, Rangers have been keeping to some tight score-lines, winning their first two matches by just one goal, and seeing their match against San Antonio FC on April 9 to a 1-1 final score.
Daniel Salloi, a 19-year-old Hungarian native, will be one for WFC2 to watch in the Rangers forward line. In his first season with the club, Salloi leads Swope Park in points with two goals and one assist. Fellow 19-year-old Kevin Oliveira, a midfielder for the Rangers side, has also been creating opportunities up front this season, with a goal and an assist to his name in four games with the team.
Sitting in the top half the Western Conference table, both teams are showing promise early in the season while maintaining their steady development. Tonight's encounter sets up as an enticing match-up in Kansas City.
After facing Rangers, WFC2 finish their road trip with a match against Saint Louis FC on April 30. The team then returns home to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Thunderbird Stadium on May 4 for Attack of the ‘Caps Clones Night.
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