Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency

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Whitecaps FC Residency
Vancouver Whitecaps FC logo.svg
Full name Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency
Nickname(s) Caps,
Blue and White
Founded 2009
Owners Greg Kerfoot
Steve Luczo
Jeff Mallett
Steve Nash
League USSDA
Website Club home page

The Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency are the youth academy and development system of Canadian Major League Soccer club, Vancouver Whitecaps FC. The residency program currently consists of two tiers. Residency squads include U-18 and U-16 teams while pre-residency have U-15, U-14 and U-13 squads. Beginning in 2011–12 the U-18 and U-16 teams compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, the top tier of youth soccer in the United States.

For the first year they played their home games at locations across the Lower Mainland, including Swangard Stadium, Thunderbird Stadium and Simon Fraser University. On September 6, 2012, the Vancouver Whitecaps FC, in partnership with the government of British Columbia and the University of British Columbia announced plans to develop the National Soccer Development Centre located within UBC. The $32.5 million facility will feature a new state-of-the-art fieldhouse in addition to five soccer fields, three natural grass and two artificial turf. The Development Centre will be home for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC men, women's and residency teams, UBC soccer teams and Canadian men's and women's national teams. In addition, the facility will be used by various youth soccer programs from across the province of British Columbia.

The Whitecaps FC Residency is a full-time, fully funded, player development program. It is designed to develop a player’s on and off field potential through a philosophy integrating training, education, and accommodation, all conveniently situated in one place. U14 is the pre-academy group featuring players U13 to U15 separated in two squads; Senior and Junior teams for a total pool of 32-36 players. Players train in the evenings and attend their own schools. Exhibition matches are scheduled within the Pacific Northwest region against elite club teams, MLS Academies and other USSDA Pre-Academy teams.

Players graduate into the U16 and U18 program joining the USSDA. These teams feature 18 to 20 players per squad and travel throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Given the training and playing demands, players train and attend a holistic development program at Burnaby Central Secondary School. Program graduates enter the first team development environment that includes training and competitive opportunities in both Reserve team and PDL games.

The Whitecaps FC web site has a residency/elite section with lots of information including youth coach video interviews. The residency also has a billet program for players from outside Vancouver. With the move from a Burnaby-based program to the University of BC at Point Grey, partnerships and billet may be changing in 2013. Also the United States Soccer Federation has announced a U14 USSDA program starting in the fall 2013 which may further change the Whitecaps FC Residency/Elite program.

Current technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Residency Technical Director Craig Dalrymple
U-16 Head Coach Rich Fagan
Head Coach Pre-Residency Bart Choufour
U-18 Assistant Coach & Player Liaison Steve Meadley
U-16 Assistant Coach Carl Valentine
Goalkeeper Coach Raegyn Hall
Head Therapist Chris Franks
Head Athletic Trainer Jon MacGregor
Equipment Manager Martin McDermott

Last updated: February 24, 2014
Source: [1]



Current roster[edit]

U-18 squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of February 24, 2014.[1]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Wirth, NolanNolan Wirth      Canada
3 Defender Adekugbe, SamSam Adekugbe      Canada
4 Midfielder Baldisimo, MarkMark Baldisimo      Canada
5 Defender Prasad, NicholasNicholas Prasad      Canada
6 Defender Farmer, JacksonJackson Farmer      Canada
10 Midfielder Bustos, MarcoMarco Bustos      Canada
11 Midfielder Haynes, JordanJordan Haynes      Canada
12 Defender Azuma, NikeNike Azuma      Canada
15 Defender Boucas, VaggeliVaggeli Boucas      Canada
17 Midfielder Piraux, MitchMitch Piraux      Canada
18 Goalkeeper Diaz, WilliamWilliam Diaz      Canada
19 Midfielder Froese, KianzKianz Froese      Canada
20 Midfielder Jones, KyleKyle Jones      Canada
21 Forward Musse, AliAli Musse      Canada
22 Goalkeeper Carducci, MarcoMarco Carducci      Canada
25 Midfielder Simmonds-O'Grady, HaydenHayden Simmonds-O'Grady      Canada
-- Midfielder Markarian, VanaVana Markarian      Canada
-- Defender Serban, ChrisChris Serban      Canada

U-16 squad[edit]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth. Squad correct as of February 24, 2014.[2]

No. Position Player Nation
2 Defender Baires, AndreAndre Baires      Canada
9 Forward Zanatta, DarioDario Zanatta      Canada
13 Midfielder Norman, DavidDavid Norman      Canada
14 Forward Sigue, AymerAymer Sigue      Canada
23 Midfielder Saporito, FrancescoFrancesco Saporito      Canada
28 Midfielder Gardner, ThomasThomas Gardner      Canada
30 Goalkeeper Aylward, AidanAidan Aylward      Canada
31 Midfielder Morden, ErikErik Morden      Canada
32 Defender Chung, KadinKadin Chung      Canada
33 Midfielder Baldisimo, MatthewMatthew Baldisimo      Canada
34 Defender de Graaf, EricEric de Graaf      Canada
35 Defender Kasper, JohnJohn Kasper      Canada
36 Forward Morokhovich, ColeCole Morokhovich      Canada
37 Midfielder Kang, JeevinJeevin Kang      Canada
38 Midfielder Polisi, MarcelloMarcello Polisi      Canada
39 Defender Cuthbert, JoshuaJoshua Cuthbert      Canada
40 Defender Pang, RileyRiley Pang      Canada
41 Forward Campbell, TerranTerran Campbell      Canada
42 Goalkeeper Trasolini, LucianoLuciano Trasolini      Canada
43 Forward Sagno, DanielDaniel Sagno      Canada
44 Forward Verhoeven, NoahNoah Verhoeven      Canada
45 Midfielder Rahiem, RahidRahid Rahiem      Canada
46 Forward Diarra, BoubacarBoubacar Diarra      Canada
47 Midfielder Hakkinen, JonasJonas Hakkinen      Canada
48 Defender Smith, TerrellTerrell Smith      Canada
49 Midfielder Xu, AndyAndy Xu      Canada
50 Midfielder Izzett, PatrickPatrick Izzett      Canada
51 Defender Bains, ManrajManraj Bains      Canada
52 Midfielder Reddy, NikhilNikhil Reddy      Canada


Below is sortable list of residency alumni who have played in more than 50 professional top-tier league games, or currently play for the Vancouver Whitecaps FC first team. Only league appearances and goals are included.

Name Nationality[n 1] Position Year of birth Career[n 2] Appearances Goals Club[n 3]
Teibert, RussellRussell Teibert  Canada Midfielder 1992 2011– 15 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sylvestre, BrianBrian Sylvestre  United States Goalkeeper 1992 2011– Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Alderson, BryceBryce Alderson  Canada Midfielder 1994 2011– Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Clarke, CalebCaleb Clarke  Canada Forward 1993 2012– 2 Vancouver Whitecaps FC


  1. ^ Country indicates national team as it has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
  2. ^ Begins with first top-tier league game and ends with the last
  3. ^ The club where a player has played the most games is listed. If the player is still active, current club is shown.


  1. ^ "U-18 Boys". Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "U-16 Boys". Retrieved February 24, 2014. 

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