Day two of the Development Academy Winter Showcase took place on Friday with both the Whitecaps FC U-17 and U-19 Residency teams in action.
The Whitecaps FC U-17s kicked off their play in the Winter Showcase with a 2-0 win over fellow MLS academy side New York City FC.
The ‘Caps opened the scoring 22 minutes in with an exquisite chip goal from Simon Colyn, assisted by Ali Zohar. Second half substitute Matteo de Brienne doubled the lead to 2-0 on a rebound in the 59th minute after the goalkeeper made a great stop on a Kyle Gomes curling effort.
“It was a good, solid all-around performance today,” U-17 head coach Adam Day told whitecapsfc.com. “We were efficient and deserving winners, if not quite at our best. I am very pleased for the boys to get a good result to start the week.”
The U-17s are back in action on Saturday against Weston FC.
Lineup vs. New York City FC
Chituru Odunze; T-boy Fayia, Nikolas White, Christian Campagna, Christopher Lee; Ali Zohar, Chance Carter (Tristan Torresan 70’), Simon Colyn; Damiano Pecile (Matteo de Brienne 58’), Patrick Ruszczyk (Kyle Gomes 41’), Keisean Brooks (Logan Chung 63’)
The U-19s played for a second consecutive day, facing perennial academy powers FC Dallas.
It was a fairly even first 30 minutes before the ‘Caps conceded a penalty kick. Goalkeeper Thomas Hasal made the save, but Dallas was quickest to the rebound to make it 1-0.
The ‘Caps responded by controlling the match for the remainder of the first half and into the second half. However, Dallas scored a second goal on a set play, capitalizing at the back post for a 2-0 final score.
Following a day off on Saturday, the U-19s conclude the Winter Showcase on Sunday with a great challenge against the top-seeded New York Red Bulls.
Lineup vs. FC Dallas
Thomas Hasal; Jalen Watson (Liam Robinson 30’), Jonas Hakkinen, Andres Charles-Barrera, Jake Ruby; Michael Baldisimo (Jose Hernandez 85’), Nicholas Fussell, Noah Verhoeven; Theo Bair, Jefferson Alade (Georges Mukumbilwa 60’), Alphonso Davies