Matthew Baldisimo - at Tulsa, blue kit 2017
Tulsa Rouighnecks FC

Tough tussle with Tulsa awaits WFC2 in Langley on Wednesday

Whitecaps FC 2 showed resilience in their 2-1 victory over LA Galaxy II last week and now look to keep it going as Tulsa Roughnecks FC arrive in good form for their Wednesday match at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, BC. 

Tulsa is 3W-1L-1D in their last five, and firmly entrenched in a Western Conference playoff spot.  

Scoring by Committee

Teenagers Terran Campbell and Gloire Amanda found the back of the net in WFC2’s win last Sunday giving them both three on the year. The youngsters are part of a committee of ‘Caps who’ve found the net this season. Marco Bustos leads the way with six tallies, while 10 others have contributed to the goal total this year. 

It’s impressive that a team as young as WFC2 has seven players with multiple goals on the season. It will be interesting which players chip in on Wednesday.

Defence taking positive steps

While the offensive depth looks to be promising moving forward, the defense also deserves to be recognized right now. Only twice in their last nine matches have Whitecaps FC 2 conceded more than a goal. This run of form could benefit WFC2 in their match on Wednesday because Tulsa have an even goal differential, something that may come as a surprise for a club sitting fifth in the West.

If head coach Rich Fagan can have his defence on point, maybe one of his young guns up front can find an opening and bury a game winner. The Roughnecks have been susceptible at times this season for trading good performances with bad performances. Their last match was a 1-1 draw against Portland.

On the Opponent

Coming off their win on August 27, Whitecaps FC 2 should face Tulsa with some confidence. However, the Roughnecks are not going to be a walk in the park, and do pose problems for WFC2. Ian Svanstesson is the magic man up front for the opposition, he sits eighth in the USL with 10 goals this season.

In net Tulsa boasts one of the USL’s top keepers this season.  Fabian Cerda has seven clean sheets to his name, tied for fifth in the league. Cerda is also tied for sixth in the league with 69 saves made. Whitecaps FC 2 forwards will need to bring their best if they’d like to beat Cerda at McLeod Athletic Park on Wednesday night.