Whitecaps FC 2 are on the road on Saturday for a tough test against Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in a Western Conference showdown.
- LIVESTREAM: Kickoff on Saturday is set for 5 p.m. live on whitecapsfc2.com
The young 'Caps are hoping for a repeat performance from their last meeting, a 3-1 home win on May 14, with Marco Bustos, Gloire Amanda, and Chris Serban finding the net for Rich Fagan's squad.
Currently sitting outside the playoff picture and facing a formidable opponent in the Switchbacks, WFC2 will have to dig deep and pull up the socks to earn a tough W on the road. As one of the younger sides in USL, Whitecaps FC 2 will look to their leaders to steer them if they are to secure three points away from home.
That said, it creates the perfect opportunity for players like Canadians Ben McKendry and Marco Bustos to step up and be that leadership voice in the room.
With the MLS side on a two-week international break, fans may expect other young first-team players to join McKendry and Bustos on WFC2 and see some valuable pitch time. Cole Seiler has made eight starts in USL play, while Spencer Richey has been a regular presence in net for Vancouver, leading the side with 32 saves in 10 starts.
High, higher than the sun
If it were up to me, the Switchbacks FC entrance song would be the U2 classic, Elevation. Why, you ask? Because Weidner Field is located a modest 6,500 feet above sea level, making it the highest elevated soccer stadium in North America. To put that into perspective, Sports Authority Field, the home of the Denver Broncos, is listed at 5,280 feet above sea level, annually causing fits for visiting players who are often seen on the sidelines assisted by oxygen masks.
The last time WFC2 visited Colorado Springs, the ‘Caps came out 2-1 winners in the first round of the 2016 USL Playoffs. Another mile-high victory could not come at a better time.
Scoring by committee
When WFC2 take the field on Saturday, there will not be one man to shut down offensively. Switchbacks FC find goals from several players, beginning with 21-year-old Masta Kacher and Jordan Burt who lead the club with four goals apiece. It continues with shots leader Kevaughn Frater, who’s netted three goals on 32 attempts, and Aaron King, who also sits at three. Beyond that, there are a handful of other players who have found the scoresheet this season.
Match kicks off at 5 p.m. from Weinder Field in Colorado Springs.
Whitecaps FC 2 are back home on Wednesday, July 12 when they host Swope Park Rangers for a nooner at UBC Thunderbird Stadium. Visit whitecapsfc2.com for tickets.