Former UNCW standout Sean Melvin posted a clean sheet in his pro debut as the Vancouver Whitecaps 2 earned an impressive 1-0 victory over last year’s Western Conference champions Orange County Blues FC to kick off the 2016 USL season.
Melvin was signed to the club’s Whitecaps FC 2 roster in February. He joins Whitecaps FC 2 as the team’s first-ever signing from Vancouver Island after spending three years playing NCAA Division I soccer with University of North Carolina-Wilmington. He started 43 of his 45 appearances for the Seahawks, finishing with a 24W-14L-5D record, 11 clean sheets, and a 1.25 goals-against average. In 2015, the Victoria, BC native collected a career-high 53 saves while registering a 0.707 save percentage.
A product of the Whitecaps FC Residency program, the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper originally joined the club in 2010, playing three seasons for the Whitecaps FC U-18 side, including starts against the U-18 teams of Mexican Primera Division club Estudiantes Tecos and Liga MX side Atlas de Guadalajara during a six-match tour of Mexico in November 2010.
Melvin participated in this year’s first team preseason training camp, as well as the 2012 preseason camp. Internationally, Melvin earned his first call-up to the Canadian senior men’s national team camp in Orlando, Florida in January 2015.