Following a spirited midweek bout with Tulsa Roughnecks FC, Whitecaps FC 2 travel to the Sooner State ready to battle OKC Energy FC on Sunday.
- LIVESTREAM: Kickoff at 3 p.m. PT on Sunday on whitecapsfc2.com
WFC2 increased the tempo of play in their two-game home stand, and it will be interesting to see if head coach Rich Fagan sticks with this style of play on the road.
Shots, shots, shots... Everybody!
Whitecaps FC 2 showed they’re more than capable of creating offence this season. Their offensive numbers stack up with most teams in the Western Conference when looking at shooting accuracy and conversion rate.
The one category where they seem to be lacking is shots on target (SOnT). Don’t fret as the tide seems to be turning on this as well.
In their recent two-match home stand, WFC2 averaged 9.5 SOnT a match, compare that to their 2.0 SOnT average in two road matches prior to that, and it’s safe to say offensive-minded soccer is on the way.
Another bright spot is the return of Brett Levis, who was dynamic in his first start back from injury, creating chances right from kickoff last Wednesday, providing a threat from his left back position.
Residency boys down the stretch
In Wednesday’s loss to the Roughnecks, Rich Fagan inserted eight former WFC Residency players into the starting lineup. I personally loved this idea, and the chemistry on the pitch between players who've been to many battles over the years was evident.
For one, it showcases to 'Caps fans that the club has developed young and exciting prospects from a young age that are knocking on the door for MLS duty.
In addition, it creates a trickle down effect for all the boys in the Residency program and shows that there is quality playing time to be had if you work hard, and grow year after year.
Eyes on the Energy
The 'Caps will be in tough when they make the trip down to OKC. Energy FC are deep in the playoff push in the Western Conference entering the match one point back of eighth place Phoenix Rising FC, with two more games played. It goes without saying they’ll be looking to pounce on WFC2 making the long trip down south.
OKC haven’t lost at home since July 8 when they were defeated by instate rival Tulsa 2-1. Since that loss, they have gone 3-0-1 at Taft Stadium, and are 7-2-2 at home in 2017. Offensively, Alexander Dixon has seven goals on the year, while amassing 45 shots good for a tie for 10th in the league.
Don't miss another exciting match when WFC2 look to steal one and play spoiler on the road. Match kicks off at 3 p.m. PT live on whitecapsfc2.com.