U-18 playoffs day 3 lineup

Academy Playoffs: U-18s win all three matches, advance to quarterfinals

DALLAS, TX – Whitecaps FC Residency saw one team advance to the USSDA quarterfinals and one team’s season come to a close on the final day of the Academy Playoffs group stage.

U-18

It was three wins out of three for the U-18s as they defeated LA Galaxy Academy 2-1 to finish atop Group A with nine points and advance to the Academy Playoff quarterfinals.

The 'Caps faced early adversity when the Galaxy scored three minutes in, knowing that they needed at least a draw to advance.

But these U-18s, who are now unbeaten in 32 matches, were resilient as always. 

On 15 minutes the match was level at 1-1 on a goal from striker Gloire Amanda, assisted on a curled through ball from Michael Baldisimo.

Then into the second half, Whitecaps FC took the lead on 50 minutes on a moment of magic from Daniel Sagno, with yet another assist going to fullback Eric de Graaf.

The U-18s will now await their destiny as they get set for the quarterfinals on Thursday, July 7. Should they win that match, they will advance to the USSDA semifinals on July 14 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.

U-18 lineup vs. LA Galaxy (picture above)
Aidan Aylward; Michael Baldisimo, Andre Baires, Vana Markarian, Eric de Graaf; Matthew Baldisimo, David Norman, Thomas Gardner; Terran Campbell, Gloire Amanda, Daniel Sagno

GROUP A (U-18)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

9

3

0

0

8

3

+5

LA Galaxy

4

1

1

1

8

4

+4

Chargers SC

3

1

2

0

5

10

-5

Vardar

1

0

2

1

4

8

-4

U-16

The U-16 ‘Caps saw a terrific season come to a close on Sunday following a 2-1 defeat against MLS rival club Philadelphia Union.

Whitecaps FC got off to a great start 10 minutes into the match when USSDA leading scorer Alan Camacho netted his third goal of the Academy Playoffs after he finished a ball over the top from captain Nicolas Apostol.

But Philadelphia were quick to respond, scoring just a minute later on a goal from Chad Letts.

The match went back and forth in the second half before the Union took the lead on 55 minutes on a header goal from Iverson Brisma.

The ‘Caps continue to press and had a chance of their own, but it was blocked by Union defender Andrew Aprahamian. Later another Vancouver striker was saved by goalkeeper Carlos dos Santos. In the end, Philadelphia hung on for the win, with Real Salt Lake AZ advancing as group winners.

"I told the boys after the game that the body of work over the course of the season has been excellent and the consistency that each individual and the collective have shown during that period has been first class," U-16 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. "We obviously wanted to go to the next round as we felt we did have enough to win the competition but it just wasn't to be. I would just like to thank all the staff involved in the U-16 group this year for their efforts and wish the U-18s the very best of luck in their quarterfinal as they have the potential to be deserving national champions this year."

U-16 lineup vs. Philadelphia Union
Trevor Schneider; Christopher Guerreiro (Theo Bair 40’), Liam Robinson, Joel Harrison, Terrell Smith (Gabriel Escobar 47’); Jonas Hakkinen (Devin O’Hea 68’), Andres Charles-Barrera (Nicholas Fussell 40’), Noah Verhoeven (Alessandro Hojabrpour 57’); Georges Mukumbilwa, Alan Camacho, Nicolas Apostol

GROUP A (U-16)

TEAM

PTS

W

L

D

GF

GA

GD

Real Salt Lake AZ

7

2

0

1

7

1

+6

Philadelphia Union

7

2

0

1

4

2

+2

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

3

1

2

0

4

4

0

Kendall SC

0

0

3

0

0

8

-8

 

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