Only three days after their first doubleheader, Whitecaps FC (8W-2D-6L) and Whitecaps FC 2 (3W-4D-5L) played another pair of road games on Saturday as the senior ‘Caps downed the LA Galaxy (5W-6D-5L) 1-0, while the Thundercaps lost their four-game unbeaten streak after being thoroughly defeated 3-0 by the Colorado Springs Switchbacks (5W-0D-5L) 3-0.
Despite the baby ‘Caps loss, the Whitecaps capped off one of the best days in Canadian soccer history as all three Canadian MLS teams won on the road and the Canadian Women’s National Team began the World Cup with a win over the Chinese.
Due to the 1-0 win, the Whitecaps jumped back to second in the West, broke the Galaxy’s 29-game unbeaten streak at the Stubhub Center, and won their first road game against the Galaxy in the club’s history, thanks to a goal from Kekuta Manneh.
Manneh’s goal in the 32nd minute was all the ‘Caps needed to win the game, as the Gambian slotted a beautiful pass from Designated Player Octavio Rivero behind LA keeper Brian Rowe for his second goal of the season.
Despite the Whitecaps’ fixture congestion, they were able to field a near first-team lineup thanks to expert rotation by head coach Carl Robinson. Some ‘Caps supporters questioned why Robinson would rest players against the Impact on Wednesday, but he is sure to be forgiven after Vancouver successfully left the difficult Stubhub Center with all three points.
Meanwhile, WFC2 were also facing fixture congestion in Colorado as they played their third game since May 31st, with another challenge against Oklahoma City upcoming.
The head coach of the Thundercaps, Alan Koch, was forced to make some difficult decisions with his Starting XI, opting to leave top players such as Marco Carducci, Victor Blasco, Marco Bustos, and Andre Lewis on the bench for the beginning of the game, although the latter two came on as substitutes at the halftime break.
Because of the weakened side and the lack of senior loanees due to the MLS side playing simultaneously, the baby ‘Caps were crushed 3-0 by the Switchbacks, WFC2’s worst loss since the first game of the season against the Sounders 2.
However, despite the already busy schedule, the Thundercaps will travel to Oklahoma City to play the Energy on Tuesday, June 9th. Although the game is soon, expect to see a number of loanees from the senior side, as the Whitecaps do not play again until Saturday the 20th in New York against the Red Bulls. The senior team is only two games into their five-game road trip due to the Women’s World Cup at BC Place.
Vancouver Whitecaps Starting XI and Substitutes:
Super Substitutes: Russell Teibert for Matias Laba (75’), Mauro Rosales for Kekuta Manneh (75’), Darren Mattocks for Pedro Morales (81’)
Unused Substitutes: Paolo Tornaghi, Nicolas Mezquida, Christian Dean, Robert Earnshaw
LA Galaxy Starting XI and Substitutes:
Super Substitutes: Kenney Walker for Mika Vayrynen (56’), Alan Gordon for Edson Buddle (60’), Sebastian Lletget for Ignacio Maganto (75’)
Unused Substitutes: Andrew Wolverton, A.J. DeLaGarza, Tommy Meyers, Rafael Garcia
Whitecaps FC 2 Starting XI and Substitutes:
Super Substitutes: Andre Lewis for Sahil Sandhu (46’), Marco Bustos for Billy Schuler (46’), Mackenzie Pridham for Ben McKendry (70’), Jovan Blagojevic for Brett Levis (80’)
Unused Substitutes: Marco Carducci, Victor Blasco
Colorado Springs Switchbacks Starting XI and Substitutes:
Super Substitutes: Jordan Burt for Taylor Hunter (55’), Nate Robinson for Mike Seth (69’), Martin Maybin for Aaron King (76’), Davy Armstrong for Miguel Gonzalez (81’), Kevin Durr for Luke Vercollone (86’)
Unused Substitutes: Samir Badr, Jamie McGuinness