CARSON, CA - It's been a tough opening to the season for the Vancouver Whitecaps' fledging USL team WFC2 (W1-L4-D2). On Sunday afternoon Dubya FC2 got off to a quick start against the LA Galaxy ll despite Caleb Clarke's fourth minute goal being called back for offside.
Sadly, it was the disallowed goal that eventually cost the Thundercaps the opportunity of bringing a single point back to Upper Cascadia.
The opening half hour of the match featured some fine goal keeping by the Vancouver 'keeper, Spencer Richey. Richey's best save undoubtedly came in the twenty-fourth minute when his heroics thwarted Los Dos' Ariel Lassiter and Travis Bowen.
The LA pressure, however, proved to be too much for the Thundercaps to withstand when Bowen put a shot past Richey thanks to an inch-perfect cross from Jack McBean.
Vancouver was quick to respond and levelled the score just three minutes later when Brett Levis and Clarke combined to set up Billy Schuler, who made his chance in front of the LA goal count.
In the second half Vancouver pressed for the victory, but just a mere three minutes from full-time Lassiter found a late goal for Galaxy 2, thanks to some fine hold-up play by his teammate, Raul Mendiola.
WFC2 are next in action on May 17th when they host the Oklahoma City Energy FC at Thunderbird Stadium.
32' - LAGII - Travis Bowen (Jack McBean)
35' - WFC2 - Billy Schuler (Caleb Clarke)
87' - LAGII - Ariel Lassiter (Raul Mendiola)
49' - LAGII - Daniel Steres
70' - WFC2 - Mitch Piraux
83' - LAGII - Andre Auras
Whitecaps FC 2:
39.Spencer Richey; 55.Chris Serban, 41.Jackson Farmer, 54.Craig Nitti, 42.Jordan Haynes; 37.Mitch Piraux, 45.Tyler Rosenlund (48.Victor Blasco 83'), 30.Ben McKendry; 51.Billy Schuler (49.Mackenzie Pridham 62'), 34.Caleb Clarke (50.Sahil Sandhu 72'), 46.Brett Levis (56.Ian Christianson 69')
Substitutes not used:
53.Mark Village, 70.Paolo Tornaghi; 47.Jovan Blagojevic
12.Brian Rowe; 36.Oscar Sorto (67.David Romney 85'), 44.Daniel Steres, 21. Tommy Meyer (53.Bradley Diallo 45'), 66. Joe Franco; 46.Ariel Lassiter, 57.Alejandro Covarrubias, 63.Andre Auras, 40.Raul Mendiola; 50.Travis Bowen (48.Ryo Fujii 58'), 32.Jack McBean (65.Jaime Villareal 82')
Substitutes not used:
41.Clement Diop; 59.Elijah Martin, 58.Kainoa Bailey