U-16s vs. Dynamo 2017 Academy Playoffs

U-16s and U-18s start Academy Playoffs with impressive wins

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The Academy Playoffs kicked off on Thursday in Westfield, Indiana. Here's how the 'Caps did on opening day.
 
U-18

The U-18s came back from a goal down for a big 3-1 win over Columbus Crew SC Academy.

The two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0, but Crew SC was down a man after a red card.

Despite the disadvantage, Crew SC took the lead in the 60th minute.

Knowing they needed a win to start off the playoffs on the right foot, the ‘Caps mounted a big comeback. First it was Michael Baldisimo in the 75th minute equalizing after a great effort in the box.

Then it was substitute Theo Bair, who was physically dominant, volleying in an Alan Camacho cross on 78 minutes to make it 2-1.

Finally, through pure grit and determination, Amanda forced in a goal after a touchline run to make it 3-1 on 87 minutes.

"We controlled the game from the get go," U-18 coach Pa-Modou Kah told whitecapsfc.com after the match. "We had great chances in the first half but the ball refused to go in. They got a sending off towards the end of the first half, then parked the bus in the second half and scored on their only shot on goal. That happens in football when you don't take your chances. The boys didn't panic and kept playing, and we found the goals. They never gave up. The subs that came in played very well. The team effort was very good from the start until the end. I am very proud of the team."

Next up for the ‘Caps is a Saturday match against Dallas Texans, with kickoff at 3:30 p.m.PT. The U-18s currently sit in second place in Group H on goal difference, with Real Salt Lake Academy beating the Texans 4-1 in the other group match of the day.

GROUP H STANDINGS (U-18)
 
Team GP W L D GF GA GD
Real Salt Lake Academy 1 1 0 0 4 1 +3
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1 1 0 0 3 1 +2
Crew SC Academy 1 0 1 0 1 3 -2
Dallas Texans 1 0 1 0 1 4 -3
 
Scoring Summary
60’ – CLB
75’ – VAN – Michael Baldisimo
78’ – VAN – Theo Bair (Alan Camacho)
87’ – VAN – Gloire Amanda
 
U-18 lineup vs. Crew SC
Thomas Hasal; Liam Robinson, Brendan Skinner, Jonas Hakkinen, Gabriel Escobar (Alan Camacho 70’); Michael Baldisimo, Matthew Baldisimo, Patrick Metcalfe (Noah Verhoeven 78’); Georges Mukumbilwa (Theo Bair 62’), Gloire Amanda, Terran Campbell
 
U-16
 
Whitecaps FC U-16s started their run in the Academy Playoffs with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Houston Dynamo Academy on Thursday.
 
Jose Hernandez opened the scoring when he put home a penalty kick in the third minute. Jefferson Alade then doubled the advantage in the 53rd minute, calmly volleying home a ball in the box. Hernandez then scored his second of the match, tapping in a great cross from Jake Ruby.
 
With the result, the U-16s are currently in first place in Group C. LA Galaxy Academy defeated Philadelphia Union Academy 2-1 in the other group match. Only the first place team from each group advances to the quarterfinals.

"Overall a job well done," U-16 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com after the match. "We spoke about starting fast and we did that today. I think the game could have been a bit more comfortable sooner than it was, but there were some nerves going into the match and to get all that energy out in the first game with a 3-0 win we can't complain. We know we need to be better against Philadelphia and hopefully the boys will go into that game a bit more relaxed with the win under their belts."
 
The next match for the U-16s is this coming Saturday, June 24, 12:30 p.m. PT versus Philadelphia Union Academy.
 
GROUP C STANDINGS (U-16)
 
Team
GP
W
L
D
GF
GA
GD
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1
1
0
0
3
0
+3
LA Galaxy
1
1
0
0
2
1
+1
Philadelphia Union
1
0
1
0
1
2
-1
Houston Dynamo
1
0
1
0
0
3
-3
 
Scoring Summary
3’ – VAN – Jose Hernandez (penalty kick)
53’ – VAN – Jefferson Alade (Gurman Sangha)
57’ – VAN – Jose Hernandez (Jake Ruby)
 
U-16 lineup vs. Houston Dynamo Academy
Evan Ince; Jake Ruby, Keenan Foley, Nikolas White, Christopher Lee; Ali Zohar, Alessandro Hojabrpour © (Nikolas Papakriakopoulos 68’), Anthony Caceres (Chance Carter 64’); Gurman Sangha (T-Boy Faiya 57’), Jefferson Alade (Keisean Brooks 57’), Jose Hernandez (Jacob Aulin 64’)
 
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