EDINBURG, TEXAS – Whitecaps FC 2 (4W-12L-7D) battled Rio Grande Valley FC Toros (7W-10L-6D) to a 1-1 draw at H-E-B Park on a hot and gusty Saturday evening behind Deklan Wynne’s first-half goal and a steady performance in net from Sean Melvin.
Wynne gave WFC2 the advantage in the 23rd minute, before RGV FC midfielder TJ Casner scored the equalizer in the second frame as the two Western Conference rivals split points for the second time this month.
Goalkeeper Sean Melvin made three saves for the ‘Caps, including an 88th-minute stop versus Toros captain Eric Bird from up close to preserve the hard-earned road point for Vancouver.
The ‘Caps went ahead in the 23rd minute when Marco Bustos laid a through ball onto Gloire Amanda’s path along the right lane, which the 18-year old forward then directed across the box. With striker Thomas Sanner drawing defenders in front of net, Wynne banged in the goal from the other side for the 1-0 lead.
WFC2 blanked the Toros for the first 70 minutes of the match, until Casner drew the home side level. Bird floated a cross to the left post, where fullback Justin Bilyeu made a back pass to a trailing Casner for the one-timer finish, knotting the score at 1-1.
Whitecaps FC 2 now continue their Texas road swing with a visit to San Antonio FC on Wednesday, August 23. Kickoff at Toyota Field is at 5:30 p.m. PT live on whitecapsfc2.com.
They are back home on Sunday, August 27 when they host LA Galaxy II at McLeod Athletic Park for Star Wars Day. Visit whitecapsfc2.com for tickets.
Referee: Luis Guardia
23’ – VAN – Deklan Wynne (Gloire Amanda)
70’ – RGV – TJ Casner (Justin Bilyeu)
Possession: RGV 63.9% – VAN 36.1%
Shots: RGV 15 – VAN 4
Shots on Goal: RGV 4 – VAN 3
Saves: RGV 3 – VAN 3
Fouls: RGV 15 – VAN 19
Offsides: RGV 2 – VAN 3
Corners: RGV 7 – VAN 1
45’+3’ – VAN – David Norman Jr.
49’ – RGV – Jorginho James
53’ – RGV – Eric Bird
55’ – VAN – Francis de Vries
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
24.Calle Brown; 2.Kai Greene, 26.Taylor Hunter, 5.Ivan Magalhaes, 12.Justin Bilyeu; 6.Jorginho James (3.Victor Garza 73’), 14.Todd Wharton; 38.Joseph Holland (15.Francisco Pungo HT), 10.Eric Bird ©, 11.TJ Casner; 19.Kyle Murphy (9.Ruben Luna HT)
Substitutes not used
1.Borja Angoitia, 4.Robert Sagel, 16.Christian Lucatero, 20.Leo Ayala
Whitecaps FC 2
40.Sean Melvin; 55.Chris Serban, 14.Cole Seiler, 33.Francis de Vries ©, 62.Deklan Wynne; 58.Will Seymore, 42.David Norman Jr. (65.Matthew Baldisimo 81’), 32.Marco Bustos; 64.Thomas Gardner (66.Michael Baldisimo 68’), 54.Gloire Amanda (61.Terran Campbell 68’), 57.Thomas Sanner
Substitutes not used
53.Mark Village, 41.Dominick Zator, 48.Patrick Metcalfe, 63.Kadin Chung