So it’ll be a quiet weekend in Richmond now that youth soccer’s wrapped up for the season, right? Well, for two of Richmond FC’s Metro Select teams, there’s no time to rest, as both the U16 and U18 squads will be competing in the Coastal Cup semi-finals of their respective age groups.

Our Metro Select teams represent Richmond FC at the pinnacle of the club’s youth soccer programme, and compete annually in the Coastal Cup alongside other metro select teams from the Lower Mainland and the Vancouver Island Premier League.

U18’s leave it late

Richmond FC’s U18 team, which posted a 9W-6D-6L record this season en route to the Metro League championship, conceded a league-low of only 17 goals against in their 21 matches. In the midfield you’ll find Yafet Kidane, who Metro Selects League coaches voted as the league’s MVP this season.

The U18’s will be hosting their Coastal Cup semi-final against Surrey-based Central City Breakers this Sunday at Hugh Boyd (Red) at 11:00 a.m.

The U18’s opened their quest for this year’s Coastal Cup with a resounding 6-0 win over Delta in the Round of 16. In the quarter-finals last weekend they topped Coquitlam Metro Ford Albion 2-1 on the strength of Kidane’s match-winner in the 82nd minute, just two minutes after CMF had drawn even.

Richmond's Yafet Kidane, 2015 Metro Selects League MVP.

Richmond FC midfielder Yafet Kidane (right), has been awarded the 2014/15 Metro Selects League MVP.

U16’s on a roll

On the U16 side, things are also looking good. Richmond United played to a record of 8W-3D-5L in Metro Selects League play, earning a fourth-place finish in their closely contested division.

While their counterparts in U18 will be playing at home this weekend, the U16’s enter their Coastal Cup semi-final in an away match Saturday evening at 6:00 p.m. vs Burnaby Selects at Burnaby Lakes.

Richmond had a bye in the Round of 16, and advanced through the quarter-finals after downing North Vancouver FC Selects 2-0.

Richmond FC U16 striker Matthew Loveland looks to apply a little leverage.

Richmond FC U16 striker Matthew Loveland looks to apply a little leverage in the battle for the ball.

If you’re out and about this weekend, and now that you might have a little more free time on your hands, come on out to support our boys in their run for the Cup!

About Rob Scott

Freelance translator, writer, and editor; former editor of Eighty Six Forever. Part-time chauffeur, and full-time soccer dad.