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Residency Report: Davies to join U-19s at the Winter Showcase

This coming Thursday, Whitecaps FC begin play at the 2017 Development Academy Winter Showcase. The 'Caps are regularly among the best academy sides in the 74-team academy league, and this annual event provides an opportunity for the U-19 and U-17 teams to test themselves against some of the top competition outside of their conference.

First team winger Alphonso Davies will be joining the U-19s for the showcase. It will be a chance for the Homegrown player to re-join his peers as he continues his development with an eye towards his second full MLS season in 2018.

"It's been a long, hard season for him and he's had some mental and physical breaks," noted Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson. "This is another part of his development plan, and I think it's valuable for him to have a chance to play with his peers. He's still a member of that age group in the program. He'll be able to show the other lads that they can make it, because I think there's one or two other lads that have the potential to follow Alphonso's footsteps."

It can be easy to forget that Davies, who has been training with the Residency group in the offseason, is still just 17-years-old, and as a late 2000-born player he will still be one of the younger players on the team.

U-19 Winter Showcase Schedule

Date

Opponent

Kickoff Time

Thursday, November 30

Sockers FC

10 a.m. PT

Friday, December 1

FC Dallas

11 a.m. PT

Sunday, December 3

New York Red Bulls

8:15 a.m. PT

U-14s continue to grow as a group

The youngest ‘Caps Residency squad was in action this weekend with matches on both Friday and Sunday.

On Friday the team played a BC Soccer HPP team, coming away with a 4-1 win. Yayo Mutombo scored a hat-trick, with the other two goals coming from Theo Afework and Thomas Budisa.

“This was our first game against a group that is the same age as we are,” noted U-14 head coach Scott Howey. “BC Soccer brought in the top players from each of the local BCSPL clubs and gave us a good game. It was a good check-in to see how far along our players have come against top local competition. The boys executed well on a lot of the work we have been doing in the attacking half the past few weeks and were rewarded with goals. The goal of the night saw the boys put together some great combination play, finished on a volley by Yayo Mutombo.”

Lineup vs. BC Soccer HPP
Max Anchor (Harrison Gough 35’); Brandon Momotani, Josh Tome, Sebastian Cenedese, Jarred Smith; Adam Kirby, Matteo Campagna (c), Jay Herdman (Thomas Budisa 35’); Kyle Dent (Theo Afework 35’), Yayo Mutombo, Kieran Eve

On Sunday the U-14s returned to the field to face older competition, taking on a 2003-born Coquitlam Metro-Ford team and falling 4-1. Mutombo scored his fourth goal of the weekend for the ‘Caps.

“In a quick turnaround the boys continued some good pattern work in the attacking half but were unable to find the killer touch that would lead to more end product,” Howey told whitecapsfc.com. “The goals we conceded today were unfortunate. I was really pleased with how we performed in large portions of the game which continues to show how much we are growing as a young group.”

Lineup vs. Coquitlam Metro-Ford 2003
Harrison Gough (Max Anchor 35’); Jay Herdman, Josh Tome, Sebastian Cenedese, Jarred Smith; Adam Kirby, Matteo Campagna (c), Thomas Budisa; Kyle Dent (Junior Nkana Bassi 35’), Yayo Mutombo, Theo Afework (Issas Milambo 35’)
 
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