Whitecaps FC Development Academy matches for the U-15, U-17, and U-19 squads scheduled for Saturday in Seattle were postponed, however the U-14 ‘Caps were in action on Sunday against Surrey United SC U-15 boys. After a hard fought match with a number of good performances, the ‘Caps earned a 2-0 win on goals from Jay Herdman and Isaac Milambo.
The U-14s looked hungry from the start and began the match brightly. Goalkeeper Max Anchor came up with a big early save the keep the match scoreless. The ‘Caps were then rewarded for their play as Milambo unselfishly cut the ball across the box to Herdman, who found himself in front of next from six yards out and made no mistake, burying it for a 1-0 lead.
Anchor was again called into action just before halftime, stopping a Surrey United rush to preserve the lead.
The second half saw the ‘Caps again come out strong, doubling the lead 10 minutes after the break when Milambo was able to slot in a shot from inside the box for the 2-0 goal.
“The boys have now been full-time within the Residency program for three weeks and have been taking on key messages well as they begin to play within our Whitecaps FC philosophy,” noted U-14 head coach Scott Howey to whitecapsfc.com after the match. “Throughout this season, the emphasis will be on the performances and not the outcomes. It is nice for the boys to be rewarded today for their hard work up to this point with something tangible that they can measure and feel.”