The title of this article keeps changing every year because the Vancouver Whitecaps keep changing their development strategy. This year we have the development team, a newly founded team that will play a series of friendlies throughout the year. Watching this team will be difficult as there don’t seem to be any plans to stream them and I don’t live in Vancouver most of the year (if anyone from the Whitecaps is reading, please play a friendly against UVic or the VISL all stars or something like that so I can actually write a proper match report). Nevertheless I will do my best to being you a monthly summary. I will also bring you the latest on Whitecaps players out on loan and i’m even looking to expand into a bit of academy coverage. Academy coverage brings the same problem as the u23s, it’s difficult to watch them. The only stats we get from the academy are goals and starts. So there might be a defensive midfielder totally killing it with 5 tackles a game and 90% passing accuracy but if he isn’t also scoring then we’re never really going to know. But I will try.
Players on loan:
Anthony Blondell played 90 minutes and scored a goal for Huachipato against O’Higgins in the Chillean first division. He did not play in Huachipato’s 3-1 loss to Palestino.
Whitecaps U23s 2-2 Tacoma Defiance
Goals: Conner Guilherme, Jefferson Alade
Assists: Christian Campagna
Penalty save: Sean Melvin
First half lineup
Sean Melvin*; T-boy Fayia^, Trialist+, Connor Guilherme, Christopher Lee^; Albert Kang^, Trialisti#, Chance Carter; Trialist#, Jefferson Alade^, Trialist+
Second half lineup
Sean Melvin*; Trialist#, Connor Guilherme, Cristian Campagna^, Jalen Watson^; Logan Chung^, Ali Zohar^, Vasco Fry^; T-boy Fayia^, Trialist#, Sidrit Vukaj^
Extra time lineup
Evan Ince^; Trialist#, Trialist+, Jalen Watson^, Christopher Lee^; Trialist#, Vasco Fry^, Ali Zohar^; Albert Kang^, Jefferson Alade^, Trialist+
* MLS roster ^ Current Academy player # Academy alumni + Guest player
Whitecaps U23s 2-3 VMSL All Stars
Goals: Emiliano Brienza (2)
Assists: There were very clearly assists on both goals but the match report doesn’t say who got them and the camera is to far away to be able to tell who they were. If you are a Whitecaps u23 player who played in this game, get in touch and help me out!
Penalty missed: Emiliano Brienza
Whitecaps FC U-23 lineup
13.Sean Melvin*; 19.T-boy Fayia^, Trialist+, 16.Connor Guilherme ©, 2.Jalen Watson^; 5.Ali Zohar^, 8.Damiano Pecile, 43.Emiliano Brienza; 32.Brandon Cambridge, 17.Thomas Raimbault^, 30.Kamron Habibullah
14.Chituru Odunze, 6.Keenan Foley^, 12.Chance Carter, 15.Albert Kang^, 25.Vasco Fry^, 94.Nicholas Fussell, Trialist+, Trialist+
* MLS roster ^ Current Academy player + Guest player
@salishsea86 Actually went to this game so we have some actual notes on the game.
32 is good T-Biy Fayala. 69 is good too. 12 is a unit. Keeper just spilled one. 2-1 now. #WeCouldUseARoster— Chris (@salishsea86) February 24, 2019
No #69 is listed which means a trialist, trying to make the big break into professional football, chose #69. Whoever you are we salute you sir o7.
As one would expect!— Caleb Wilkins (@wilkins_caleb24) February 24, 2019
Anyway, moving along.
Also 8. Nice passer— Chris (@salishsea86) February 24, 2019
Number 8 is Damiano Pecile. Congratulations Damiano on apparently being quite good at passing.
Of course. Habibullah. Didn’t recognize him - I haven’t seen him play yet. He’s good but he’s not going to dribble through everything.— Chris (@salishsea86) February 24, 2019
As those of us who follow Whitecaps prospects know, Kam Habibullah is quite good. Though apparently he needs to learn to play with his teammates a bit better.
and we’re done. 3-2 for VMSL. Horrible keeping in the second half and some incoherent wing play cost us the 2 goal lead— Chris (@salishsea86) February 24, 2019
The goalkeeper in the second half was Chituru Odunze. There is a lot of hype around Odunze so it’s a little disappointing that he struggled but you have to remember, despite being 6’5, he’s only 16 and it takes a while to adapt to playing against men (especially for goalkeepers).
There aren’t even really match reports for the academy games so i’m just going to give you who the top scorers are:
Massud Habibullah: 10
de Brienne: 4
These are straight up just children so don’t take these to seriously
The game between the U23s and UBC that will have happened by the time this comes out won’t be covered in this piece because it happened in March.