Whitecaps FC Residency completed a winning weekend in California as their Development Academy season continued.
The U-18s didn't concede a goal all weekend. They started with an extra game on Thursday, a make-up game from a snowed out encounter in Burnaby earlier this month.
The result was a 4-0 win for the 'Caps against De Anza Force. Alan Camacho scored twice, Theo Bair had one, and Joel Harrison scored the other. Aidan Aylward had the clean sheet in net.
On Saturday, the U-18s earned a 2-0 victory against MLS academy rivals San Jose Earthquakes.
Striker Gloire Amanda continued his fine form in front of net – which he also showcased on Wednesday in the preseason finale for Whitecaps FC 2. Midfielder Patrick Metcalfe rounded out the scoring.
Thomas Hasal kept the clean sheet in net.
On Sunday, the ‘Caps won 6-0 over Juventus Sport Club.
Camacho, Andres Charles-Barrera, and Ethan Gopaul all scored in the first half, before Amanda continued his torrid pace with a second half hat-trick after coming in at halftime.
Aylward kept the clean sheet in net.
"The boys had extreme focus during the three-match road trip and really showed their professionalism during the week both on and off the pitch," noted U-18 assistant coach Niall Thompson. "I'm really proud of their effort."
The ‘Caps continue to lead the Northwest Division with 54 points, as Crossfire Premier currently sit second with 37 points.
Saturday saw a 3-0 win for the U-16s against San Jose Earthquakes.
Jose Hernandez opened the scoring six minutes in when he rounded the goalkeeper and the volleyed top corner with the outside of his left foot.
On 30 minutes, Keisean Brooks made it 2-0 after a through-ball from Alessandro Hojabrpour.
Hernandez then scored his second of the match on 45 minutes, again rounding the keeper and slotting home for a 3-0 final score.
“Today was another dominant and pleasing display, much like the last match against Seattle,” U-16 head coach Adam Day said after the match. “We controlled the first half, scored in the second half and comfortably saw the game out. A job well done to the boys. It was also great today to see the return of Jefferson Alade who is back after being out more than two months with a n injury.
Lineup vs. San Jose Earthquakes
Trevor Schneider; Jake Ruby, Keenan Foley, Nikolas White, Gabriel Escobar (Christopher Lee 45’); Ali Zohar, Alessandro Hojabrpour; Gurman Sangha(T-Boy Faiya 60’), Anthony Caceres (Tristan Torresan 55’), Keisean Brooks (Nikolas Papakyriakopoulos 60’); Jose Hernandez (Jefferson Alade 60’)
Sunday provided a challenge for the U-16s as they went down 2-0 early to Juventus Sport Club before climbing back for a 3-2 victory.
Anthony Caceres started the comeback in the first half, followed by two goals from Gurman Sangha to complete the three-goal output.
“Although it looks like a good result and performance, it was slightly disappointing as we did not play near the level we can,” said Day after the match. “We played about 25 good minutes today. However I asked the guys before the match to put forth the effort to get a good result to finish a good weekend and run of matches into spring break. They did that, so I’m pleased that they showed enough character and quality to get the job done. They now have a well-earned break taking us into the final stretch of the season and playoffs.”
The Northwest Division remains tight, with the 'Caps currently leading with 53 points, six up on Crossfire Premier with 47 points.
Lineup vs. Juventus Sport Club
Trevor Schneider; Jake Ruby (T-boy Faiya 70’), Keenan Foley, Nikolas White, Christopher Lee (Nikolas Papakyriakopoulos HT); Anthony Caceres (Jefferson Alade 55’), Ali Zohar, Alessandro Hojabrpour; Gurman Sangha, Jose Hernandez, Jacob Aulin (Keisean Brooks HT)