Whitecaps FC 2 are really starting to hit their stride. A second straight victory sees them sitting atop the MLS Next Pro Pacific Division standings, with nine points from their five matches played and with 10 goals to their name and seven different goalscorers contributing.
Nick Dasovic’s side put in an assured performance, scoring twice in each half to come away with a 4-1 victory over Sporting Kansas City II, managing the game well after taking the lead and never really looking in trouble after going ahead from Simone Masi’s 23rd minute opener.
Emiliano Brienza made it two in two matches for him, adding a second for the ‘Caps two minutes later and Filip Rakic put the game to bed when he made it 3-0 in the 67th minute. SKC pulled one back five minutes later through Michael Lenis, but Joe Hanson restored Vancouver’s three goal lead with six minutes to go, securing a comfortable victory for Vancouver.
AFTN photographer Tom Ewasiuk was there to capture all the action before, during and after the game. Here’s his “Story In Pictures”, with a full Flickr slideshow at the end.
Another fun Sunday afternoon at Swangard awaits
Your WFC2 starting XI
After dealing with some early KC pressure, that saw the visitors hit the bar eight minutes in, the Whitecaps get a corner in the 23rd minute which Filip Rakic sends into the box
Where it’s met by Simone Masi
Who fires it home to give the Whitecaps the lead and give Masi his first goal as a pro
The ‘Caps kept the pressure going and two minutes later Chris Lee sent a ball into the box
Which broke to Emiliano Brienza, who fired home his second of the season to make it 2-0 WFC2
SKC had their chances to pull one back before the break, but the ‘Caps defence held firm
Much to the visitor’s disbelief
The Whitecaps started the second half strongly and added to their lead in the 67th when Filip Rakic powered forward
Rounded KC keeper Kendall McIntosh
And slotted home his first goal as a pro to make it 3-0 WFC2
SKC II pulled one back five minutes later through Michael Lanis
But the ‘Caps three goal lead was soon restored in the 84th minute when Ali Ahmad played in Joe Hanson
And Yukon’s gold hit home his first goal as a pro to make it 4-1 WFC2 and round off the scoring
Frustration for KC
But ecstasy for the Whitecaps, who march on looking better and better with every game
You can see all of Tom’s photos from the game HERE and in our full Flickr slideshow below: