Whitecaps at LAFC Play To A Spirited 2-2 Draw
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The Whitecaps at LAFC came out strong scoring the first 2 goals of the match. Bob Bradley’s side would battle back late in the first half to make it 2-1. After some exciting play in the second half, Jose Cifuentes would score the equalizer.
Deiber Caicedo would open the scoring picking up some garbage in the 25th minute. The Whitecaps at LAFC would double their lead thanks to a great Cristian Dajome header. He would get on the end of a great cross in by Cristian Gutierrez in the 38th minute.
LAFC would get one back in the first half thanks to a beautiful turn by Carlos Vela. He would make it 2-1 in the 40th minute. Vancouver would fight through the second half to keep their 2-1 lead. It would only last until the 75th minute before Jose Cifuentes would tie things up at 2. The Whitecaps at LAFC would both try and get that 3rd goal late in the match.
Despite an exciting finish to the match, both teams would walk away splitting 1 point. Vancouver will now head home to train before heading back down to Salt Lake.
The Whitecaps Started Strong In The 1st Half
The Whitecaps and LAFC would kick things off to start the first half. For lineups, news and notes check out right here. Vancouver was trying to stop an LAFC team that has been strong to start matches off. Vancouver would hold their share of possession in the first 3 minutes. LAFC was almost able to break through down the right side but it was cut out nicely by Vancouver. A slow start for both teams would be fine with the Whitecaps.
In the 6th minute, Vancouver would get a deep throw thanks to Deiber Caicedo. It was switched into the box for Caio Alexandre but he wasn’t able to make anything of the cross. This seemed to wake up LAFC as they almost took the lead in the 7th minute. The ball was cut back into the box but Godoy made a strong block, The ball would eventually run out to Raheem Edwards and his pass in front was cleared out of touch for a corner. It was a nervous start for Whitecaps at LAFC.
Vancouver would clear things away but it was not the start they wanted as we moved into the 9th minute. Alexandre and Dajome would do some nice work down the right side after a deep throw. They would win a 10th-minute corner. Caicedo would swing it in short to the front post and it was an easy clear for LAFC. They could only clear it as far as halfway before Vancouver would win another corner kick.
It was a great ball into the box from Caicedo but was cleared away. Baldisimo was waiting on the outside of the box but his strike fluttered off his right foot and was easy picking for Tomas Romero. The Whitecaps would get their legs and look like the more dangerous team as we moved into the 13th minute. Just as things were starting to go Vancouver’s way LAFC would counter quickly. Latif Blessing would test Thomas Hasal from distance. The young keeper was able to dive out and smoother things up.
Vancouver could only just clear the ball as LAFC was back in on the attack. They would win a 15th-minute corner and take it short. The thought was there but the execution was lacking as the ball ran out of touch. Godoy and Veselinovic would try and work it out of the back put some nice pressure from LAFC was making it tough. They would get their first chance in the 16th minute as the ball would bounce up and Romero had to be sharp.
Both teams would get a bit scrambling as we moved into the 18th minute. After some nervous minutes, Vancouver would slow things down a bit before a foul by Janio Bikel on Blessing. He took the free-kick quickly but Edwards would be just offside. Some nice work on the press and LAFC would win back possession. They would work it around at the back and look for a long ball that wasn’t there.
Through 21 minutes it was the type of game Vancouver would be happy with. They would give up a free kick but win the ball back right away. Caicedo would cut down the left and pass it in front but neither Brian White or Dajome could get on the end of it. Not to be outdone LAFC would try and counter quickly. Erik Godoy was strong at the back to win the ball back for the Whitecaps. Vancouver was holding a nice line without the ball and doing their best to try and make LAFC pay on the counter-attack.
The teams would move into the 26th minute with Vancouver able to hold LAFC to a 0-0 score. Dajome was given far to much room down the right side and his ball into the box was dummied nicely by White. It came off a defender and Caicedo was able to clean up the garbage for the 1-0 lead at the Minute mark.
Vancouver would almost double their lead shortly after but Alexandre wasn’t able to finish. LAFC would win back the ball before Alexandre would be shown a yellow card in the 27th minute after a foul on Jesus Murillo. The action would pick up after as LAFC tried to drive down the right side. Vancouver was able to clear before they would win a 29th-minute corner going down the right side. They decided to take it short and Vancouver was able to clear and almost break out on a 2 vs 1.
It was an exciting match in the 31st minute as both teams sensed there were more goals to be scored. Vancouver would win a 32nd-minute free-kick and Baldisimo would deliver it right into the box. It floated around before LA was able to clear the danger and head back the other way. Are you exhausted yet? Cause I am! What a fantastic start to a Saturday Whitecaps At LAFC Match.
Edwards would try and challenge down the left side but Brown was equal to the task. Vancouver would clear long and out for a throw as the 34th minute would wind down. Vancouver would steal it back off the throw but some nice work from Dajome and Caicedo weren’t able to find Alexandre in the box. LAFC would almost get dangerously into the box but Gutierrez and Ranko were able to clear the danger.
The play would slow down which would allow Vancouver to win a free-kick in a dangerous spot in the 38th minute. Baldisimo and Guttierezz would stand over the delivery. It was Guti who sent a beautiful ball into the back of the box and Cristian Dajome was there to head it home for the 39th-minute marker. His 6th of the season gave a 2-0 lead for the away side Vancouver Whitecaps.
The lead would not last long for the Whitecaps at LAFC as Carlos Vela would be sent in on a beautiful pass. Eduard Atuesta would find Vela and he would beat Ranko into the box and then a great shot to beat Hasal. LAFC would get one back in the 40th minute to ignite the home crowd.
The Whitecaps would look to hold onto the lead as the 1st half closed out. After spending some time to slow things down and settle the match. Vancouver would win a 44th-minute corner after a nice long ball down the left side. Caicedo would deliver it in short and it was cleared out for another corner. The second attempt was also sent short and LAFC was able to relieve the pressure.
The 3rd official would signal 3 added minutes and Janio Bikel would win a free-kick. The ball was sent in long and would rattle around in the box before LAFC would come away with things. Carlos Vela would try and go one-on-one at Gutierrez but the youngster would hold his ground. Vela would try the same thing once more and win a free-kick late in the first-half stoppage time.
Vela would send the ball off the Whitecaps wall and the second chance would come far to the right. Vancouver would win the ball back before the 1st half whistle would blow. Vancouver would hold a 2-1 lead as we ended the 1st half for the Whitecaps at LAFC.
The Action Would Continue In The 2nd Half For Whitecaps at LAFC
LAFC and Bob Bradley would make 4 changes to start the second half. Corey Baird would replace Edwards, Diego Palacios for Marco Farfan, Eddie Segura would come for Tristan Blackmon, and Francisco Ginella would take of Blessing. Vancouver would go with the same lineup in the second half.
LAFC would win a dangerous corner after Vela was taken down at the edge of the box by Alexandre. Vela would curl the ball to the far post but Thomas Hasal was equal to the task to keep the score 2-1 for Vancouver. LAFC was the far more aggressive team, after some nice ball movement Pallisio would cut the ball back into the box. Vancouver was lucky that it bounced off Ranko and right to Hasal.
Vancouver would continue to defend as we moved into the 50th minute. A cross was gobbled up by Hasal and he was able to momentarily stop the pressure. The second half would start how the first half would end with both teams going back and forth. Dajome would try and wing one into the box but it was deflected up and an easy catch for Romero.
As the match moved into the 52nd minute Vancouver settled down and started making the smart plays. LAFC was desperate to get an equalizing goal early in front of the home fans and it left a lot of space for Vancouver. They got a great chance in the 54th minute when Palacios was sent down the left side. His ball was cut back poorly and right to Hasal.
Vancouver would hold onto the 2-1 lead as we moved into the 56th minute of the match. LAFC would continue holding the ball and look for space as they worked it along their backline. They would get a chance in the 57th minute when Etuesta would send Kim Moon Hwan cutting down the middle. he would send it out wide to Corey Baird but his chip was right to Hasal. After LAFC would win the ball back Baldisimo would be shown a yellow card for time-wasting from referee Kevin Stott.
LAFC would win a corner kick but the delivery by Vela was short and cleared away off Brian White. LA would call for a handball in the box but Stott was having none of it as he held his hand to his ear. The Whitecaps at LAFC was holding onto the 2-1 lead but under lots of pressure.
A free-kick against Gutierrez would give possession right back to LAFC. They would kick things off after the stoppage in the 61st minute. Jose Cifuentes would move down the left side but couldn’t get past Ranko Veselinovic. It was starting to get nervous for Vancouver as they would win a throw in the 62nd minute. They would quickly give it back to LA before Gutierrez would have to make a strong set of tackles down the right side on Vela.
LAFC would almost tie things up in the 64th minute after Palacios would try and find Vela. Hasal was equal to the task and the ball would roll to the side of the box before the official would raise the offside flag. Vancouver was holding onto the lead and looking for that 3rd goal. Caicedo would almost break free past the LA defense but it was just stopped by a heal. The ball would eventually run to Hasal and he would slow things down with a goal kick.
Baldisimo would look to drive in the middle of the pitch but was cut down by Baird for a free-kick, he was also shown a yellow card for his efforts. Gutierrez would deliver it in short to the edge of the box before the ball would run out for an LAFC goal kick. Murillo would give up a cheap corner after Caicedo would pressure in the 68th minute. LA would clear and counter quickly with Cifuentes. Bikel would take him down on the rush and be shown a yellow card in the 69th minute.
Romero would also make a mistake in a back pass in the 70th minute. Some good pressure from Dajome and he was forced to kick it out of touch. Vancouver won it back and controlled things with just 20 minutes left in the match. They slowed things down and Baldisimo would win a free-kick. Vancouver would try and head to the corner far too early and LAFC would make them pay to win a free-kick of their own. Things ticked into the 73rd minute as Vancouver looked for some space.
It was LAFC that would ultimately find room and win a corner down the left side after some nice work by Carlos Vela. Vancouver was able to clear and tried to counter but Bob Bradley had set his backline perfectly for the counter. It was LAFC’s second half and they would make the Whitecaps pay in the 75th minute. Carlos Vela would send Palacios down the left side and he would send in a beautiful cross to the back of the box. Cifuentes would deliver a perfect strike that beat Hasal and tied things up 2-2.
Marc Dos Santos would bring on Russell Teibert for Alexandre and Tosaint Ricketts for White in the 76th minute. It would almost spark Vancouver as they tried to play deep in the LAFC end. Bikel would do some hard work trying to win a corner but would be called for a foul on Palacios.
With the score 2-2 in the 79th minute and Marc Dos Santos making subs, it was a perfect time for Vancouver to strike. Dajome was sent out wide right and his shot would go far from Romero’s net and out for a goal kick. Both teams had just 10 minutes to try and find all 3 points. It would be a disappointment for both teams to split the single point. LAFC would get a great chance after Palacios would beat Brown down the left. He walked in on Hasal and fired off a great shot but the Whitecaps Keeper parried it away.
As Caicedo tried to break away he was fouled by Murillo in the 82nd minute. He was shown a yellow card for the tackle. Vancouver gave it right back to the home side as they looked for a 3rd straight goal. Dajome would steal the ball back and get fouled. It was too far for a chance on the net but Vancouver was able to regroup. Regroup they did as they would get a great scoring chance but Bikel was ruled to be offside on the goal. Caicedo would get a yellow card for dissent. It was bad luck for Vancouver who was looking to take a 3-2 lead.
Tosaint Ricketts would try and make a difference off the bench for Vancouver as he would win a deep throw. Great chance after a bad play by Ranko LAFC would be back in position. It was all hands on deck for both teams at this point.
Vancouver would recover before giving it away to LAFC in the 87th minute. they almost got a dangerous break but Caicedo would come back and break things up. Vela would try and take things into his own hands winning an 88th-minute free-kick on a challenge from Bikel. Atuesta would curl it in nicely but over everyone and right to Hasal. It was a nervous time for the Vancouver Whitecaps. The 4th official would signal an extra 2 minutes as Vancouver would look to hold the ball or find that winning goal.
LAFC would clear to Vela and Javain Brown would rise up and try and head it away. He would go down hard and both teams would wait for the restart. Whitecaps at LAFC would win a late free-kick but it would be sent long and the referee would blow the whistle on a 2-2 draw. It was a good result for Vancouver but they felt they should have secured all 3 points and it was evident in post-match media.
Post Match Thoughts And Media Whitecaps at LAFC
Marc Dos Santos would speak to the media after the Whitecaps at LAFC 2-2 draw about the performance of his team. “I’m very, very proud of the guys. Not in the celebration mode because we were 2-0 up and we always believed that we still had a third goal. In the locker room right now, it’s not a party. It’s a good point in a stadium that is incredibly difficult to get points. But what was special about the game today, it’s how we were consistent throughout the 90 minutes. I feel that we were always the team that didn’t back off, pressed them the right moments, look to exploit the spaces in their team.”
“Many of our players had individual performances that were very good. I’m very proud of the mindset because we’re not doing a party in the locker room, we feel we could have gotten something even more. When you come to a stadium like that, before the game you say if we get a point it’s positive. I think that the difference tonight was the consistency of the 90 minutes from our group.”
On the performance of his midfield Saturday night Whitecaps at LAFC.
“We knew that for a game against LAFC we needed to have the midfielders that would give us the best ability to get out of pressure quickly. Bikel, Baldi, and Caio, we spoke a lot in the pregame about their role, and how important it would be for them to get the ball out of pressure. If you play LAFC only withholding midfielders that don’t have a lot of quality of getting out of pressure, you never get out because their counter-press is so hard to get out. I think they did a great job, all of them with very different characteristics, but all able to get out of those areas very well.”
Last I asked Marc Dos Santos how he felt about returning home after the match? “I miss it. When I say how much I want to leave Salt Lake, I want to make sure I reinforce how much the people that we’ve been with there are phenomenal. The people of Real Salt Lake, the club, how everybody treated us, was phenomenal. But we want to leave like it’s enough. I have a lot of coaches, friends, and colleagues that say, “I don’t know how you guys did that”
Brian White spoke on the chemistry of the team, “It felt good like I knew where Deiber and Dajo were making their runs and was able to connect with both of them. We got a couple of dangerous opportunities. but it was good to connect, get a goal out of the one play in the first half. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get a third goal to win the game.”
Finally, Janio Bikel would speak about the play of the midfield, “For this game that was our appointment to press high, because we know if we keep dropping and play in our half we’ll give them [too] much space to play between us. So, this was the main task to press, don’t be afraid to press high and to play in their half.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
Lots of action and excitement from Saturday nights Whitecaps at LAFC match. The teams played to a 2-2 draw but both teams had lots of chances to get more goals. Both Hasal and Romero were strong in net for their respective sides. Another result for the Whitecaps also gave us another pleasant media experience. Let’s check out the Unnamed Moments of The Match.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
Is there any surprise that Cristian Dajome is producing this season? It was a tough last year for the Colombian worrying about his family. Being able to just play football has done wonders for Dajome and he was rewarded with another goal on a set-piece. The Whitecaps at LAFC’s second goal was my Unnamed Goal Of The Match.
The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
Sometimes The Unnamed Media Moments of the match come off the air… Yeah, that is all you are going to get from this one. Let’s just say the team was very happy to call out a member of the media for spelling mistakes to everyone’s delight.
The message from this is, do not mess with the Whitecaps Media team!
The Unnamed Tweets Of The Match
I always like to get everyone’s feelings after the Whitecaps at LAFC match. It has been more positive of late thankfully.
The Sports Talk Line Network And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps at LAFC played to a spirited 2-2 draw on Saturday, July 24th. Vancouver keeps trying to climb up the MLS Western Conference Standings. Vancouver Whitecaps will take on Minnesota United on July 31st at Rio Tinto Stadium which their match against Austin FC being pushed back.
LAFC will take on Minnesota midweek, on Wednesday, July 28th at home before traveling to Utah. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes about your Vancouver Whitecaps.
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