Onwards and upwards for Whitecaps FC 2.
The young squad continues their road swing this Sunday, August 13, when they meet their Cascadia rivals, Seattle Sounders FC 2 at Starfire Sports Complex. The boys will be eager to put last weekend’s result behind them after dropping three road points to Sacramento Republic FC following a penalty kick call in the dying embers of the game.
First-team midfielder and leading scorer Marco Bustos leads the 'Caps down the I-5. The dynamic WFC Residency product has long been a thorn on Seattle's side, having a pair of two-goal performances against S2 under his belt.
Final match-up of the season
This Sunday will be the third and final Cascadia match between WFC2 and Sounders FC 2 this season. Both teams have shared the spoils so far with Vancouver coming out on top in their first encounter, thumping Seattle for their first win of the season to the tune of a 3-0 scoreline at McLeod Athletic Park back in April.
But S2 made sure to return the favor the next time around, and on Canada’s 150th birthday no less. Head coach Ezra Hendrickson’s squad would go on to defeat the 'Caps 2-0, managing to beat goalkeeper Spencer Richey on two occasions, including a powerful top corner finish by Seattle’s Zach Mathers who currently leads the team with eight goals on the season.
The 'Caps certainly haven’t forgotten that last encounter either. “It left a bit of a bad taste in our mouths losing to them on Canada Day at home,” said Vancouver head coach Rich Fagan. “So we want go down there and make amends for that as well.”
Sounders FC 2 looking to halt six-game losing skid
The opponents are in desperate need of some wins as Sounders FC 2 find themselves in a difficult position approaching the final 10 matches of the USL season. They currently occupy 12th place in the Western Conference after 22 games played with a -15 goal difference.
And although S2 haven’t managed to earn a point in their last six matches – their last win actually dating back to that very same Canada Day tilt in Langley – the Washington side will be coming in confident after having made some recent signings to bolster squad depth, including the addition of Cameroonian youth international midfielder Guy Edoa along with 16-year-old U.S. youth prospect Azriel Gonzalez, the club’s youngest signing in history.
First-team LB Brett Levis travelling to Seattle
A familiar face will be rejoining Vancouver when they head down to Seattle this weekend.
Left back Brett Levis, who signed an MLS contract with Whitecaps FC back in August of last year, will join WFC2’s roster as the club looks to slowly integrate the Saskatchewan native back into competitive form after a lengthy rehabilitation process.
The 23-year-old had been on the sidelines since last fall after suffering an ACL injury on the last MLS match of the season, which also happened to be his MLS debut.
Levis had four goals and two assists in 24 starts and appearances in the 2016 USL regular season, and played every minute of the 'Caps three playoff matches.
“He is cleared to play some minutes so I would love to be able to get Brett in at some point,” Fagan said.
Kickoff for the match is set for Sunday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m. PT from Starfire Sports Complex, and can be viewed online on whitecapsfc2.com.