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Get to know the 'Caps U-18 players before Thursday's playoff match

On Thursday, the 'Caps U-18 Residency team looks to make the final four from the 74 team USSDA as they host Sacramento Republic FC U-18 in the quarterfinals. Come out and support the boys to create a home field advantage. The match is free of charge at 3 p.m. PT at UBC Dhillon Field.

Get to know the players you'll be watching.

THE CURRENT PROS

#4 Matthew Baldisimo

A hard-working and technically sound central midfielder with an amazing engine, in the same mold as a Matias Laba. Many fans will already be familiar with the Burnaby, BC native who has already started his professional career with WFC2, having made 10 USL appearances – including a fine assist in the 2-1 win over Real Monarchs on Saturday. Captained Canada at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Still eligible for one more USSDA season as he looks to continue pushing in his young pro career.

#17 Terran Campbell

Recently named Coldwell Banker Youth Player of the Month after leading the U-18s with three goals and two assists during the playoff group stage. The Burnaby native has been with the club's Residency program since 2011 and this year led the U-18 team with 17 goals during the regular season. Campbell has already started his pro career with WFC2, making five USL appearances so far this season. Still eligible for one more season in the ‘Caps Residency as he pushes for minutes in the pro ranks.

#3 Kadin Chung

It’s been a huge year for Port Coquitlam’s Kadin Chung, who has been in the full-time ‘Caps Residency program for five years. After signing his first pro contract with WFC2 at the end of last season, the talented right back was later named Canada’s U-17 Player of the Year. This season he has established himself as starter with WFC2, including some highlight reel moments. And in March, he scored a goal for Canada’s U-20 national team to help them beat England 2-1. Now he looks to play a part in getting the U-18s closer to a USSDA championship. The scary part is that, like the other three pros on this list, he’s technically still eligible for one more season with the U-18s in the USSDA.

#28 Thomas Gardner

Gardner has been with the club since prospects in 2007 and is one of the rising young attacking midfielders at the club. The North Vancouver native is in his first full professional season with WFC2 and has made 10 USL appearances. With the U-18s, he has scored four goals while starting 19 of his 21 appearances. He has previously played with Canada’s U-17 national team and still has one year of eligibility in the USSDA.


GOALKEEPERS

#22 Aidan Aylward

A very good goalkeeper by way of Orleans, Ontario. Alyward started 14 matches in net for the U-18s this season, plus two of three matches in the playoff group stage. He has previously been called up to Canada’s U-17 men’s national team and is eligible for one more season with Whitecaps FC Residency in the USSDA.

 

 

#13 Luciano Trasolini

An excellent shot stopper from Burnaby, BC. Trasolini has been at the club since 2008. This year he made 20 starts in net during the regular season, and another appearance in the playoff group stage. This is his final season playing in the USSDA before heading to Cal Poly University this fall. Trasolini was the starting goalkeeper for Canada at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship tournament.

 

 


DEFENDERS

#2 Andre Baires

A consistent defender for Whitecaps FC Residency over the past three seasons. The native of Winnipeg, Manitoba started 23 of his 30 appearances for the U-18s this season, and two of three playoff matches so far. He last wore the Red and White representing Canada at the U-20 national team level. This is his final season in the Residency program before heading to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay this fall.

#16 Quinn Bredin

A reliable central defender from St. George, Ontario. Bredin joined the ‘Caps last season after experience playing in England. This year he started 15 of his 20 appearances in the regular season, and added another start in the playoff group stage. Bredin most recently played for Canada at the U-20 national team level. This is his final season with the U-18 team before going to play at Bucknell University this fall.

#6 Eric de Graaf

A defender from Surrey, BC who has been with the club since U-11. The fullback has had a great season, starting 29 of his 31 appearances. He had an especially strong playoff group stage, recording three assists to help the ‘Caps get to the quarterfinals. With Canada, de Graaf has previously been called up to the U-18 national team. This is his final season in the Residency program as he gets set to play at the University of Portland in the fall.

#19 Vana Markarian

An intelligent centre back from Ottawa. Markarian has been with the club since 2014. This season he has scored three goals while starting 26 of 30 appearances. In the past year he has been called up to Canada’s U-20 national team. This is his final year in the USSDA as he gets set to play at Columbia University this fall.

 

#31 Frazer Poulter

A gritty defender who spent time in England with Peterborough United FC. This season, Poulter started 13 of his 18 appearances, adding another start in the playoffs. This is his final season of eligibility before heading to college to play at Oregon State University alongside current Residency teammate David Norman and former Whitecaps FC Residency graduate Nolan Wirth.

 


MIDFIELDERS

#58 Patrick Metcalfe

A native of Richmond, BC who joined the ‘Caps during the season after previously playing at Fusion FC in the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League. Metcalfe went on to score one goal while starting five of his 11 appearances, following that up with an additional start in the playoffs. He’s eligible for one more season with Whitecaps FC Residency in the USSDA next year.

 

#18 David Norman

A technically sound midfielder who has been with the club since the age of nine. Coquitlam native David Norman scored five goals this season while starting 18 of his 24 appearances. He has frequently represented Canada, including last year when he was called up to Canada’s U-17 national team. This is his final season of eligibility as he gets set for his first year of college soccer at Oregon State University this fall, alongside teammate Frazer Poulter.

#8 Marcello Polisi

A ball-winning midfielder who can surprise you with a tidy finish from time to time. Polisi is a Coquitlam native who has been with the club since U-11. This season he has scored four goals while starting 25 of 32 appearances. He first made an appearance with the Canadian national team program as a 15-year-old in 2012. This is his final season of eligibility in the USSDA.

 


ATTACKING PLAYERS

#9 Gloire Amanda

A native of Edmonton, Alberta who came through the FC Edmonton Academy. Amanda is a talented attacking player in his second season with Whitecaps FC Residency, and eligible for one more season. He was second on the team with 16 goals during the regular season, and added two more during the playoff group stage. He has previously been called up to the Canadian U-18 national team.

 

#21 Patrick Izett

A midfielder/striker who re-joined the U-18s this season after first being a part of the Residency program in 2011. Izett proved to be a key contributor, scoring five goals in 14 appearances during the regular season. The Delta, BC native has been rewarded for his play with a call-up to the New Zealand U-20 national team.

 

 

#11 Cole Morokhovich

A striker who originally joined Whitecaps FC from Coquitlam Metro-Ford soccer club in the EA SPORTS BC Soccer Premier League. Made 29 appearances for the U-18s this year, scoring three goals. He is in his final season playing in the USSDA as he gets set to play at Princeton University this fall.

 

 

#10 Daniel Sagno

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba who has been with the club since 2012. This season the dynamic striker scored eight goals while starting 24 of his 31 appearances. He kept up his fine form with two goals and one assist in three playoff matches. This is his final season of eligibility as he has committed to play at the University of Washington this fall. Sagno was a member of Canada's U-17 national team and scored two goals at the 2015 CONCACAF U-17 Championship.

 


U-16 CALL-UPS

#37 Nicolas Apostol

The Surrey, BC native is captain of the U-16 Residency team and has made a number of appearances with the U-18 squad – including scoring the game winning goal over LA Galaxy U-18 in the regular season finale. He is eligible for two more seasons playing in the USSDA. He has previously been called up to Canada’s U-16 men’s national team camp.

 

#33 Michael Baldisimo

One of three Baldisimo brothers who have been a part of the Residency program, including Matthew above. Having started the season with the U-16 team, Michael went on to start 14 of 17 appearances with the U-18 team and scored six goals in 13 starts for the U-16 team. Last called up to Canada’s U-17 national team in April, Baldisimo is still eligible for three seasons with the ‘Caps in the USSDA.

 

#41 Alan Camacho

A natural goalscorer who is constantly hungry to find the back of the net. Camacho was born outside of Guadalajara, Mexico before moving to Burnaby, BC in his youth. This season he mostly played for the U-16 Residency team and was the leading scorer in the USSDA with 29 goals in 31 games. He then added another three goals with the U-16s in their three playoff matches. He recently received his Canadian citizenship and is eligible for the Canadian men’s national team program.


COACHES

Head coach Rich Fagan

Fagan is in his second season as U-18 Residency head coach. He previously coached the club’s U-16 Residency team, and before that with the Pre-Residency group. He has helped lead the young ‘Caps to USSDA Northwest Division titles at both the U-16 and U-18 levels, and now quarterfinal appearances with both age groups.

 

Assistant coach Niall Thompson

A former player for both Whitecaps FC and the Canadian men’s national team. Thompson had a 12-year professional career in which he played in seven countries, including England, Scotland, Belgium, and the United States. He made nine appearances for Canada, scoring two goals. He joined the ‘Caps Residency coaching staff in 2014.

 
 

Hall has been with the club since 2008 and has coached many fine goalkeepers who have come from the program, producing some of the current Whitecaps FC pros such as Marco Carducci and Sean Melvin, as well as working with other players in Canada's national pool such as Callum Irving and Nolan Wirth. In addition to working with the Residency keepers, Raegyn is also goalkeeper coach with WFC2.

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