Residency huddle U-16 2016 playoffs

Academy Playoffs: U-18s cruise to convincing 4-1 win, U-16s fall 2-0

DALLAS, TX – It was a mixed evening of results for Whitecaps FC Residency on the second day of the Academy Playoffs. The U-18s rolled to a convincing 4-1 win over Vardar, while the U-16s fell to a 2-0 defeat against Real Salt Lake AZ Academy.

U-18

The ‘Caps were made to work for their win, but got the result they wanted to remain in control of their destiny.

It took 20 minutes for Terran Campbell to open the scoring with his second goal of the tournament, assisted on a cross from Eric de Graaf. But two minutes later, it was level as Vardar tied the match at 1-1.

But the ‘Caps were determined and took the lead again on 35 minutes on a Daniel Sagno goal, and again it was de Graaf with the assist on the cross.

The match was put out of reach in the second half. First up came a beautiful half-volley from Marcello Polisi on 55 minutes, in off the post from 25 yards out. Campbell then put in a final marker on 80 minutes, from a Michael Baldisimo cross, to finish the scoring at 4-1.

“I’m really pleased with the performance,” U-18 head coach Rich Fagan told whitecapsfc.com. “It was close in the first half, but we came out with so much energy to start the second half. It was an overall great team performance.”

The ‘Caps now face LA Galaxy at 5:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, knowing that a win or draw will see them through to the quarterfinals.

“These are the games that we want to be playing in,” added Fagan. “It’s going to be exciting. Everyone is focused and ready for the challenge.”

U-18 lineup vs. Vardar
Luciano Trasolini; Michael Baldisimo, Quinn Bredin, Vana Markarian, Eric de Graaf (Andre Baires 70’); Marcello Polisi, Matthew Baldisimo (David Norman 70’), Thomas Gardner (Patrick Izett 80’); Daniel Sagno, Terran Campbell (Gloire Amanda 80’), Patrick Metcalfe (Cole Morokhovich 45’)

GROUP A (U-18)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

6

2

0

0

6

2

+4

LA Galaxy

4

0

0

1

7

2

+5

Vardar

1

0

1

1

2

5

-3

Chargers SC

0

0

2

0

2

8

-6

U-16

A strong second half saw the U-16s battle valiantly, but an early deficit was too much to overcome.

RSL took the lead on 43 minutes on a breakaway, then doubled their advantage to 2-0 on a deflected free kick from 25 yards out on 60 minutes.

The Blue and White had a chance to close the gap when they were awarded a penalty kick on 78 minutes, but Alan Camacho was unable to convert as the match concluded 2-0.

“Overall a disappointing result, but I cannot fault the boys’ efforts,” U-16 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. “We were a bit naive in conceding after the restart, but ultimately that’s what tournament play teaches you. As we anticipated, the last 25 minutes or so we were camped in their half but just couldn't break them down.”

The U-16s play Philadelphia Union in their final match on Sunday at 3 p.m. PT, needing a win and Kendall SC to win or draw against Real Salt Lake AZ in the other group match.

“We are not out of it,” added Day, looking ahead to Sunday. “We know we are no longer in control of our own destiny entirely, but we can only focus on getting the win against Philadelphia Union and hope the other result can end in our favour for us to still advance to the quarterfinals.”

U-16 lineup vs. Real Salt Lake AZ
Evan Ince; Nicolas Apostol, Brendan Skinner, Joel Harrison, Terrell Smith (Gabriel Escobar 65’); Andres Charles-Barrera (Jonas Hakkinen 50’), Nicholas Fussell (Alessandro Hojabrpour 50’), Noah Verhoeven (Devin O'Hea 65’); Georges Mukumbilwa, Alan Camacho, Theo Bair (Liam Robinson 50’)

GROUP A (U-16)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Real Salt Lake AZ

4

1

0

1

3

1

+2

Philadelphia Union

4

1

0

1

2

1

+1

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3

1

1

0

3

2

+1

Kendall SC

0

0

2

0

0

4

-4

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