After their longest road trip of the season, Whitecaps FC 2 are back on the north side of the 49th with LA Galaxy II waiting in the wings. WFC2 will play their next two home matches at McLeod Athletic Park in hopes of getting on a late season roll. Los Dos arrive fresh off a road win in Colorado Springs with their slim playoff hopes still alive. Visit whitecapsfc2.com for ticket information.
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Much has changed for the ‘Caps
It’s been five months since Whitecaps FC 2 opened their 2017 USL season in Los Angeles. As both teams prepare for the late August affair, it will be the Blue and White who are sporting a very different lineup than their matchup in March.
Dominick Zator, Gloire Amanda, Patrick Metcalfe, Nazeem Bartman, and Myer Bevan have been added as part of the youth movement for WFC2. In contrast, Christian Dean, Sem de Wit, Deybi Flores, Ben McKendry, and Kyle Greig have been riyhrt dealt or loaned out from the club making way for new faces. Then there’s 2017 MLS SuperDraft seventh overall pick Jake Nerwinski who has made the transition to Whitecaps FC.
All in all, Rich Fagan’s club has made substantial changes in personnel in an attempt to get younger and develop players in hopes of one day graduating to WFC, much like Alphonso Davies. Presently, Fagan’s lineup boast a plethora of players who have also seen minutes in the Residency teams, learning their stripes in the pro game.
Norman Jr. rounding his game
Prior to Wednesday’s match in San Antonio, David Norman Jr.'s shot total for the season was 10, and was averaging 0.58 shots per game. Known more for his ability to create in the middle of the park, it was encouraging to see the teenager hit three strikers against SAFC.
The velocity off his left foot was hard to ignore. Already among the team leaders in many distribution statistics, adding an offensive element to his game could accelerate his path to the MLS.
LA Galaxy II
The 2017 season has been a quiet one for Los Dos. Looking to build on their fifth place finish in the west a year ago, it appears they may have also put development atop of their goals this season. With a 3W-1L-2D record in their last six, the door hasn’t completely shut on their playoff aspirations. With a win in Vancouver, Galaxy II could be within five points of the final playoff spot, while still holding a game in hand on the competition.
Expect an aggressive start from Mike Muñoz's side, who’s been better on the road than at home this season.
Be there in your Star Wars gear and you could very well be witnessing the stars of tomorrow in MLS.