May 13, 2012: Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 @ Victoria Highlanders
|29||GK||Elliott Mitrou||1||GK||Callum Irving|
|13||DF||Tyler Hughes||9||DF||Adam Polakiewicz|
|18||DF||Liam Davis||2||DF||James Farenhorst|
|2||DF||Kalem Scott||8||DF||Ben McKendry|
|9||DF||Matt Mehrassa||12||DF||Bobby Jhutty|
|16||MF||Sourosh Amani||10||MF||Ben Fisk||out 80'|
|11||MF||Craig Gorman||goal 45', out 68'||16||MF||Gagandeep Dosanjh|
|15||MF||Andrew Ravenhill||11||MF||Reynold Stewart|
|12||MF||Sasa Plavsic||out 45'||6||FW||Carlos Marquez||out 45'|
|10||FW||Ashley Burbeary||23||FW||Caleb Clarke|
|19||FW||Jared Stephens||out 68'||24||FW||Long Tan||goal 40'|
|20||MF||Thomas Mallette||in 45'||3||MF||Wesley Cain||in 45'|
|22||FW||Josh Heard||in 68'||21||FW||Michael Marousek||in 80'|
|17||FW||Jordie Hughes||in 68'|
On a warm Sunday afternoon in Victoria, British Columbia, the Vancouver Whitecaps U-23 and the Victoria Highlanders kicked off the inaugural Juan de Fuca Plate with a 1-1 draw before 1,172 at Royal Athletic Park.
For both teams it was their second game of the season, as each had earlier home matches against the Seattle Sounders U-23s: Vancouver losing at Swangard Stadium the previous Friday and Victoria drawing at Royal Athletic Park Saturday. It was also the second game of a double-header, as earlier in the afternoon Victoria's women's team, Peninsula Co-op Women's Soccer, defeated the Whitecaps women before much the same crowd.
Both teams swapped fouls in a chippy contest predominantly fought out in the midfield, with the teams recording a combined 27 fouls. A goal late in the first half put Vancouver in front, as University of British Columbia captain Gagandeep Dosanjh worked a highly creative pass to reigning USL PDL Player of the Week Carlos Marquez, who dandily laid the ball off to a streaking Long Tan. Tan, one of two Whitecaps in the starting lineup with MLS contracts, hit a powerful shot past Elliott Mitrou to put the Whitecaps U-23s in front. However, just when Vancouver was letting their guard down at the end of the half, Victoria equalized: midfielder Craig Gorman caught Vancouver's relatively inexperienced defense sleeping off a throw-in, got too much room from a Jared Stephens set-up, and beat Callum Irving with a placed shot.
Throughout the second half both teams brought in offensive substitutes and looked for a winner. Mitrou wound up making five saves while the Highlanders mustered a large number of inaccurate chances that failed to challenge Irving. As the sun set over the west goal, the game settled into a low-offense battle and the two rivals split the first game in Juan de Fuca Plate history with a 1-1 draw.
40': 0-1 Vancouver Whitecaps U-23. Long Tan  (Carlos Marquez)
45': 1-1 Victoria Highlanders. Craig Gorman  (Jared Stephens)
Vancouver Whitecaps: U-23 draw against Victoria