U-16 lineup 2016 academy playoffs day 1

Whitecaps FC Residency get off to winning start at 2016 Academy Playoffs

DALLAS, TX – In scorching Texas heat, Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency teams both got off to winning starts in the 2016 USSDA Playoffs on Wednesday. Follow @WFCResidency on Twitter for updates during the playoffs.

U-16

Lineup (Starting XI picture above): Trevor Schneider; Liam Robinson (Terrell Smith 50'), Brendan Skinner, Joel Harrison, Gabriel Escobar (Georges Mukumbilwa 50'); Andres Charles-Barrera (Jonas Hakkinen 60'), Nicholas Fussell, Noah Verhoeven (Alessandro Hojabrpour 60'); Nicolas Apostol, Alan Camacho, Theo Bair (Christopher Guerreiro 65')

The ‘Caps had a strong performance in their first playoff match, proving why they finished the regular season as the third ranked squad of the 74-team USSDA U-16 league.

Vancouver got off to a great start with two goals from Burnaby's Alan Camacho in the first 25 minutes, as the young striker showed why he led the USSDA with 29 goals in 31 games. The first came on 10 minutes from a Noah Verhoeven corner kick. The second came 15 minutes later on a low cross from the right from captain Nicolas Apostol of Surrey.

Not resting on their laurels, the ‘Caps put in a third goal on 43 minutes as Surrey's Verhoeven finished after a pass inside the box from Ottawa's Theo Bair.

"A solid performance today and in the end a comfortable 3-0 win that could have been more," U-16 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. "We are under no illusions though, each game is going to get harder and harder as the competition moves on. We are looking forward to a very difficult match on Friday versus Real Salt Lake. We spoke this morning about wanting to be in the driving seat of the group at the end of day one, and we are, so now we have to build on that on Friday."

The U-16s now lead Group A after day one, knowing that only the group winner will advance. Next up is a match against MLS rivals Real Salt Lake AZ Academy on Friday at 3 p.m. PT.

GROUP A (U-16)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3

1

0

0

3

0

+3

Philadelphia Union

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

Real Salt Lake AZ

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

Kendall SC

0

0

1

0

0

3

-3

U-18

The U-18s also got off to a solid start with a hard fought 2-1 win over Chargers SC.

Edmonton's Gloire Amanda, who was second on the team with 14 goals during the regular season, scored just six minutes in on a cross from Terran Campbell

The second half saw the 'Caps double their lead on 65 minutes. This time, Campbell scored himself. The Burnaby native led the team with 16 goals during the regular season and was calm on the finish after a through ball from Winnipeg's Daniel Sagno.

Chargers pulled a goal back on 75 minutes through a penalty kick, but the 'Caps were determined for victory and held on for a 2-1 win.

With that result, the U-18s currently lead their Group A.

Next up is a match against Vardar this coming Friday at 5:30 p.m. PT.

GROUP A (U-18)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3

1

0

0

2

1

+1

LA Galaxy

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

Vardar

1

0

0

1

1

1

0

Chargers SC

0

0

1

0

1

2

-1

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