After defeating Swope Park Rangers 2-1 on Wednesday evening, current Western Conference leaders Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-0L-2D) head to Worldwide Technology Soccer Park to face fourth-place Saint Louis FC (2W-2L-2D) for the last match of their three-game road trip. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. on whitecapsfc2.com.
WHITECAPS FC 2
In the first month of the USL season, the ‘Caps have continued to find their stride within the Western Conference. As the youngest side in the USL, WFC2 have been benefiting from the enthusiasm and energy of players like Chris Serban, 20, Kadin Chung, 17, and USL’s youngest player Alphonso Davies, 15. In Wednesday’s match, Davies challenged Swope Park’s back line with some hard work down the left side of the pitch. Though he has yet to score a goal, he is making a name for himself in WFC2’s midfield with dynamic attacking play.
Team captain Kyle Greig continues to lead by example, bringing his goal tally for the season to four with a goal against Rangers on Wednesday. To date, the Kansas native has scored in every match other than the 0-0 draw against Sacramento Republic FC on April 10. Those offensive efforts have placed him in the top five USL goal scorers this week, sitting tied for third place behind Louisville City FC's Chandler Hoffman and LA Galaxy II's Jack McBean.
He also notched an assist on Whitecaps FC first-team feature Ben McKendry’s 25-yard strike in Wednesday's match.
On defence, Chung, Brett Levis, Cole Seiler, Chris Serban, Jackson Farmer, and Sem de Wit have been stellar, allowing only four goals in five matches. Goalkeepers Spencer Richey and Sean Melvin have combined to record three wins and two clean sheets early in the season.
Currently, the ‘Caps are second in their conference in goals scored, with eight in their first five matches. LA Galaxy II betters that by four goals, but have one game in hand after the April 17 match between WFC2 and Oklahoma City Energy FC was postponed.
SAINT LOUIS FC
This weekend, the ‘Caps face an aggressive defensive side in Saint Louis FC, with the likes of James Musa and AJ Cochran acting as a 6-foot-3 wall in the middle of Saint Louis’s formation.
Musa, currently playing as a central midfielder, is an experienced presence in the centre of the park for Saint Louis. He has played for New Zealand’s national team, as well as Premier League side Fulham F.C. This season, Musa is leading in yellow cards for the Missouri roster. More importantly, the physical player also has a goal to his name, proving he can play both a strong defensive game and get forward when necessary.
Up front, Vince Cicciarelli has scored half of Saint Louis’ goals in their first six matches, scoring two of the team’s three goals in their match against Orange County Blues FC. What’s more, he has scored his three goals while only seeing the field for 180 minutes of the five matches he has been on the roster for. With those odds, he is likely to keep the ‘Caps defence on their toes this weekend if he gets some playing time.
Following the match, WFC2 head back home to Vancouver to face Tulsa Roughnecks FC at Thunderbird Stadium on Wednesday, May 4. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. PT for Star Wars Night. Click here for tickets. May the Fourth be with you!
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