VANCOUVER, BC - The Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 returned to the familiar confines of UBC's Thunderbird Stadium after a tough three game road trip which saw the Thundercaps return home with only a single point for their efforts.
Today, sadly, was to prove no different than the past several outings for Alan Koch's freshman USL side. WFC2 had a couple of glorious chances to open the scoring in the first half through Victor Blasco, and team scoring leader Caleb Clarke, who shanked a penalty kick wide of Clement Diop's goal shortly before half time.
The Los Angeles Galaxy ll also had their chances to get on the scoreboard, and WFC2 'keeper Marco Carducci produced a stunning save to prevent Andre Auras opening the scoring for the visitors after just a quarter of an hour played.
Just a few minutes after Clarke failed to punish Los Dos from the penalty spot, a wide open Travis Bowen nodded a cross from Kainoa Bailey neatly past Carducci just a moments before half time.
The bounces just did not go Vancouver's way in the second half either. Defender Craig Nitti was called for handball in the 60th minute, and LA's Ariel Lassiter banged the spot kick past Carducci to effectively seal the victory for Galaxy ll.
Vancouver's Billy Schuler and Clarke had late chances to pull a goal back for the home side, but when it was all over it was the visitors from SoCal who took all the points, and extended the Thundercaps' winless streak to four matches.
WFC2 are next in action next Sunday at 2pm when they face the Portland Timbers FC2 at Thunderbird Stadium.
44' - LA - Travis Bowen (Kainoa Bailey, Andre Auras)
60' - LA - Ariel Lassiter (Penalty kick)
Shots: VAN 11 - LA 11
Saves: VAN 3 - LA 6
Corners: VAN 4 - LA 5
17' - VAN - Chris Serban
70' - LA - Travis Bowen
84' - VAN - Tyler Rosenlund
Whitecaps FC 2
24.Marco Carducci; 55.Chris Serban, 54.Craig Nitti, 18.Diego Rodriguez (51.Billy Schuler 77'), 42.Jordan Haynes (41.Jackson Farmer 58'); 45.Tyler Rosenlund, 56.Ian Christianson (30.Ben McKendry 72'); 48.Victor Blasco (49.Mackenzie Pridham 72'), 32.Marco Bustos, 50.Sahil Sandhu (46.Brett Levis 63'); 34.Caleb Clarke
Substitutes not used
39.Spencer Richey, 47.Jovan Blagojevic
LA Galaxy II
41.Clement Diop; 66.Joe Franco, 44.Daniel Steres, 72.Lee Nishanian, 67.Dave Romney; 46.Ariel Lassiter (57.Alejandro Covarrubias 63'), 63.Andre Auras, 49.Adrian Vera (59.Elijah Martin 77' (48.Ryo Fuji 81')), 65.Jaime Villareal; 58.Kainoa Bailey (73.Adonis Amaya 67'), 50.Travis Bowen (32.Jack McBean 72')
Substitutes not used
64.Nicholas Shackelford, 53.Bradely Diallo