Gabriel Escobar 2016
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Residency teams come out strong in first home matches of 2017

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.

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.

Whitecaps FC U-18 lineup vs. Juventus Sport Club
Aidan Aylward; Christopher Guerreiro, Liam Robinson, Brendan Skinner, Terrell Smith (Nicolas Apostol 45'); Andres Charles-Barrera, Michael Baldisimo (Patrick Metcalfe 53'), Nicholas Fussell; Ethan Gopaul, Alan Camacho (Theo Bair 65'), Connor Glennon (Georges Mukumbilwa 65')

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."

Whitecaps FC U-18 lineup vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Aidan Aylward; Nicolas Apostol, Brendan Skinner, Jonas Hakkinen, Christopher Guerreiro; Nicholas Fussell, Matthew Baldisimo, Patrick Metcalfe; Georges Mukumbilwa, Theo Bair, Ethan Gopaul


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."

Whitecaps FC U-16 lineup vs. Juventus Sport Club
Trevor Schneider; Jake Ruby, Daniel Kaiser (Eryk Kobza 65'), Nikolas Papakryiakopolous, Gabriel Escobar; Anthony Caceres, Ali Zohar, Alessandro Hojabrpour; Gurman Sangha (T-Boy Faiya 54'), Jose Hernandez, Keisean Brooks (Jacob Aulin 62')

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.

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.”

Whitecaps FC U-16 lineup vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Evan Ince; Jake Ruby, Ali Zohar, Nikolas Papakryiakopolous (Daniel Kaiser HT), Gabriel Escobar; Anthony Caceres, Michael Baldisimo, Alessandro Hojabrpour; Gurman Sangha (Jacob Aulin 60'), Jose Hernandez, Keisean Brooks (T-Boy Faiya HT)