U-16 Residency 2016
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Whitecaps FC Residency wrap-up regular season as Northwest Division champions

Whitecaps FC U-18 and U-16 Residency teams finished off their regular seasons in California this weekend as both teams completed their schedule as Northwest Division champions. Both teams now await their draws for the upcoming 2016 United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) Playoffs in Dallas, Texas. 

U-18

The U-18s finished with two wins on the weekend and had only one loss in 31 games all season.

On Saturday, the 'Caps came away with a 3-0 win over FC Golden State. Andre Baires scored on a penalty kick after Eric de Graaf was taken down in the box. Marcello Polisi then scored on a nice free kick, and Patrick Izett finished things off with a great volley.

"I'm pleased for the boys," said U-18 head coach Rich Fagan. "It's never easy to play against a team that sets out to defend so deep, but full credit to the players. They stayed patient and were rewarded." 

Lineup vs. FC Golden State
Luciano Trasolini; Andre Baires (Liam McManaman 65'), Frazer Poulter, Vana Markarian (Quinn Bredin 65'), Eric de Graaf; Patrick Metcalfe (Andre Earthy-Find 80'), Marcello Polisi, Michael Baldisimo; Cole Morokhovich, Daniel Sagno (Patrick Izett 74'), Gloire Amanda (David Norman 46')     

On Sunday against LA Galaxy, the 'Caps finished the regular season in style with a hard-fought 1-0 win.

The match was scoreless for the first 75 minutes until a great passing combination from the 'Caps outside the Galaxy box ended with Polisi crossing to the far post, and Nicolas Apostol firing a rocket one-time volley for the winner. Goalkeeper Aidan Aylward kept the clean sheet in net.

"Extremely proud of the players for their effort & performance, not only today against a top Galaxy side, but their performance all season," said Fagan. "Now we can look forward to three meaningful playoff games, and hopefully more."

Lineup vs. LA Galaxy
Aidan Aylward; Michael Baldisimo, Andre Baires, Vana Markarian (Frazer Poulter 70'), Erid de Graaf; Matthew Baldisimo, David Norman, Marcello Polisi; Patrick Metcalfe (Liam McManaman 83'), Gloire Amanda (Patrick Izett 55'), Theo Bair (Nicolas Apostol 55')
 
U-16
 
The U-16s saw their 10-game winning streak halted in a 1-0 defeat on Saturday against FC Golden State.
 
"It wasn't a great performance, but it wasn't a bad performance either," said U-16 head coach Adam Day. "It was a fantastic overhead kick goal from them, and it was probably going to be something special to win it on the day."
 
Lineup vs. FC Golden State
Trevor Schneider; Nicolas Apostol, Liam Robinson, Joel Harrison, Gabriel Escobar (Terrell Smith 60'); Andres Charles-Barrera, Nicholas Fussell, Noah Verhoeven (Alessandro Hojabrpour 60'); Georges Mukumbilwa, Alan Camacho, (Rees Goertzen 70'), Theo Bair 
 
The 'Caps responded on Sunday with a 3-2 win against their MLS academy rivals LA Galaxy. Georges Mukumbilwa, Alan Camacho, and Noah Verhoeven scored the goals. Camacho finished the season with 29 goals scored in 31 games played, the most in the USSDA.
 
"A good response from the boys," said Day. "A fitting way to wrap-up a very productive and consistent season. Performances have been of a good standard almost all year and both the individual and collective progressions have been a pleasure to watch. Hopefully we can translate our playing model into a good run in the playoffs."
 
Lineup vs. LA Galaxy
Trevor Ince; Christopher Guerriero, Brendan Skinner, Joel Harrison, Terrell Smith; Jonas Hakkinen, Andres Charles-Barrera (Nicholas Fussell 41'), Alessandro Hojabrpour; Georges Mukumbilwa (Noah Verhoeven 41') Alan Camacho (Rees Goertzen 65'), Gabriel Escobar (Liam Robinson 70')
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