Whitecaps FC Residency teams hosted their first Development Academy home matches of 2017 at SFU over the weekend, earning positive results up at Burnaby Mountain.
The ‘Caps came out firing on Saturday, playing to a 4-1 victory over Juventus Sport Club.
Alan Camacho opened the scoring in the 27th minute, finishing a feed from Nicholas Fussell after a cross from Connor Glennon.
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After Juventus tied it in the first half, Glennon again set-up a goal, which Fussell scoring himself this time to make it 2-1.
Midway through the second half, Theo Bair made it 3-1, redirecting a cross with a side-foot finish to the far post.
In the final minutes, Ethan Gopaul got on the scoreboard, calmly finishing a cross from Georges Mukumbilwa.
"After a tough first half it was pleasing to see the players turn things around in the second half,” noted U-18 head coach Rich Fagan.
Sunday saw the ‘Caps battle hard to earn a 2-1 win against MLS rival club San Jose Earthquakes.
Fussell scored just before halftime after a cross from Matthew Baldisimo. San Jose then tied it midway through the first half.
The winner came on a header goal from Camacho, courtesy of a cross from Liam Robinson.
"Today we dominated the first half and lost our way for a period in the second half,” noted Fagan after the match. “Credit to San Jose for coming out the blocks flying at halftime, they managed to score after a pretty intense spell. That was really the turning point for us, maybe the kick in the pants we needed. Right from kickoff, we found our rhythm and were rewarded for our efforts with a lovely goal."
The U-16s put on the pressure on Saturday but were unable to find the back of the net, falling 1-0 to Juventus Sport Club.
“They say football is a funny old game, and so it proved today,” said U-16 head coach Adam Day after the match. “We were good most of the game, in every aspect of the match except the most important stat, goals. It’s a good match to learn from. We’re excited to rebound tomorrow."
And rebound they did.
On Sunday, they earned a 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes, with both goals from Gabriel Escobar.
First in the fourth minute, Escobar made a great solo run, played a one-two pass with Anthony Caceres, then slotted it home.
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The second goal came on 34 minutes, this time with Escobar curling in a 25-yard free kick in off the post.
“It wasn’t pretty today, and the weather didn’t help, but we were efficient enough in the first half and took a couple of opportunities to take the lead,” said Day after the match. “A good response today.”