USL Rewind: Greig is on tear for Whitecaps FC II

Kyle Greig has not stopped scoring since leaving OKC Energy after two seasons to join Vancouver’s USL team; he hit the first two goals in a wild 4-3 defeat of Galaxy II Sunday at UBC Thunderbird Field.

Greig’s sixth and seventh goals of the season staked the Whitecaps to a 2-0 lead and when Alphonso Davies added a third goal in the 21st minute a victory seemed inevitable. Instead, Jose Villareal’s breathtaking free kick revived the visitors, and Brett Lewis’ goal in the 81st minute turned out to be the winner after strikes by Denzel Slager and Villarreal (from the penalty spot) nearly closed the gap completely.

Davies, 15, became the youngest goalscorer in USL history by converting a chance he created. He stripped a ball from Oscar Sorto and slotted a shot past keeper Clement Diop. A masterful midfield performance by Marco Bustos (one assist) enabled Vancouver to dominate much of the game.

Greig leads the Whitecaps (5-0-2) and is tied for second in USL with seven goals. Villarreal’s pair of goals doubled his season total for Galaxy II (4-1-4).

BATTERY CHARGED AT HOME. Charleston ran its home unbeaten streak to 29 games by posting a 2-0 defeat of Toronto FC II Saturday at MUSC Health Stadium.

Maikel Chang set up the first goal for Romario Williams early in the first half and bagged the clincher himself in the 48th minute as the Battery improved to 4-2-3 overall and 3-0-1 at home.

Williams scored his sixth goal thanks to good work by Chang, who played a one-two with Ricky Garbanzo and centered a ball to the edge of the goal area that Williams directed into the nets. Chang iced the second goal after his shot was blocked; TFC II couldn’t clear the ball and when Zach Prince’s cross escaped a wild attempted clearance by Mitch Taintor, Chang knocked home a point-blank shot.

TFC II (2-4-2) plays the middle leg of a three-game road trip Saturday in Pittsburgh.

THOMPSON ON TARGET. Fluctuating fortunes don’t seem to affect the crowds at Bonney Field, nor the exploits of loanee Tommy Thompson. A crowd of 11,569 -- Sacramento Republic FC’s 34th consecutive sellout -- watched Thompson score twice in a 2-0 defeat of Seattle Sounders 2.

Thompson, 20, has spent portions of the last three seasons in Sacramento on loan from San Jose. He put away the rebound of his own saved penalty kick and notched a second goal with a strong solo effort. He took five of Sacramento’s 16 shots and each of its four on-target attempts came from him.

“It’s always a pleasure to be back here at Bonney Field,” Thompson said. “I want to thank all the fans for bringing the noise all game. It’s always a pleasure here. I love it.”

Keeper Dominik Jakubek finished the game with five saves and was seldom troubled seriously as the Republic recorded its fifth shutout of the season. Sacramento is fourth in the Western Conference at 4-3-1; Seattle is in the cellar at 1-5-3 

 

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