WFC2’s four game unbeaten streak came to a crashing halt Wednesday night at the hands of the Rio Grande Toros. The Toros, currently fourth in the Western Conference, raced out to a 3-0 first half lead thanks to a brace from Memo Rodriguez and one from T.J. Casner. The disastrous first half was made worse as Brett Levis was sent off in the 29th minute after collecting two yellow cards in a matter of five minutes.
Rodriguez’s fine night began in the 17th minute as the midfielder raced onto a loose ball just outside the box before beat Sean Melvin with a low drive to put his side up 1-0. The goal snapped a massive scoreless streak for the home side who had been held scoreless in the last two matches.
The 20 year-old Texan, Rodriguez, would cap a brilliant first half with a curling shot from distance to put his side up 3-0 after Casner had made it 2-0.
Levis was sent off in the 29th after a hard tackle earned him his second yellow of the half. His first had come only six minutes earlier.
Emilio Garcia would round out the scoring in the dying minutes, marking the third loss of the year, and first by more than one goal.
Though not easy to draw positives from a 4-0 defeat, the lopsided scoreline allowed two U-16 residency players to make their professional debuts in the second half. Alan Camacho and Joel Harrison came on as second half substitutes. Full back Deklynne Wynne also made his season debut, coming on in the 77th minute after spending most of the season recovering from a groin injury.
WFC2 will have to lick its wounds quickly as they are back in action on Saturday. The ‘Caps close out the season long, four game, road trip in San Antonio on as Vancouver makes its first ever visit to the expansion side, San Antonio FC, who currently 11th in the West.
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