A disappointing end to a surprising season for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2, as they fell 3-0 to the Swope Park Rangers on Saturday night in the Western Conference Final of the USL Cup playoffs. An ugly match to end the season, but fans shouldn’t let the match sour what was otherwise an unbelievable year for the second-year USL team. They were among the worst teams in the USL last season, and they were able to make a run all the way to the Western Final this year; That’s a huge improvement, and bodes well for the future of this club under Head Coach Alan Koch.
Anyways, onto the match.
Vancouver went with Spencer Richey in net, with Kadin Chung, Sem De Wit, Cole Seiler and Deklan Wynne on the backline. Matthew Baldisimo and Kianz Froese were joined in the midfield by Daniel Haber and Marco Bustos, with Brett Levis and Kyle Grieg rounding out the attack. Levis, usually used in the left back spot, was moved up to the attack in a new look for WFC2.
It was Swope Park that would get the party started, scoring just eight minutes into the contest. Richey had made a nice stop on Mark Anthony Gonzalez, but Kris Tyrpak cleaned up the rebound to open the scoring
.@KrisTyrpak playing cleanup! @SwopeRangers take a 1-0 lead vs @wfc2 with this #SPRvVAN #USLCup pic.twitter.com/S13yANFpeZ— USL (@USL) October 16, 2016
In the 32nd minute, Tyrpak struck again.
Take a look at @KrisTyrpak's second of the night after excellent wing play from @Typash ⚡️ #SPRvVAN pic.twitter.com/ONspFYH6Cx— Swope Park Rangers (@SwopeRangers) October 16, 2016
The Whitecaps pressed, but were unable to cut into the deficit. The match was all but over when the Rangers scored their third goal, from the foot of Dane Kelly.
Dane Kelly sealed the #USLPlayoffs Western Conference Final tonight with this brilliant goal pic.twitter.com/3KcLNfCVeO— Swope Park Rangers (@SwopeRangers) October 16, 2016
They may not have won, but this was a great season from WFC2, and the entire team should be proud of their accomplishments. Hopefully onto bigger and better things in 2017!