Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy Preview for Sunday night will feature two sides looking to stay on their respective streaks. The Vancouver Whitecaps come into Sunday night unbeaten in their last 4, and results in 6 of the last 7 matches. The only win in that span came against the LA Galaxy, 2-1 back on July 17th at Rio Tinto Stadium.
The LA Galaxy are coming off 2 straight wins this week. They dispatched Portland Timbers 4-1 on the weekend before a tidy 1-0 victory over Real Salt Lake. It was a home match so they will be waiting for a rested Whitecaps squad. It will be a squad that looked nothing like it did in their 2-2 draw.
The Vancouver Whitecaps made big news last week with the signing of Ryan Gauld. Read more about Ryan and his introduction to the media here. It was a long long-awaited Number 10 and Whitecaps fans will hope he can provide that missing bit of service to the attacking players. The designated player won’t start for Vancouver but could be an option off the bench.
A Major Shift In Personel For The Vancouver Whitecaps
Not only did the Whitecaps bring in that star-studded Number 10 we have all been waiting for. The team also made a handful of other moves during the week to bolster the squad and get the young talent on the team the playing time they need. Let’s Take a look at who is in and who is out for Vancouver… Oh And then we have to get to who is in and out that was originally here. This is going to get confusing so let’s break it down into parts.
New Faces For The Vancouver Whitecaps
Ryan Gauld –
I mentioned the signing of Ryan Gauld which comes at a minimal fee but a pretty hefty salary, in the top 10 of all MLS players. Gauld comes over from SC Farense in Portugal on a Designated Player deal that runs through 2024. He hasn’t played in a competitive match since May so he will need some time to get up to fitness. It is an exciting time in Vancouver as Ryan starts to integrate into the squad.
Pedro Vite –
On Thursday Vancouver Whitecaps announced the signing of Pedro Vite. A 19-year-old from Babahoyo, Ecuador who has spent his time with Independiente in the Ecuador First Division. The young central midfield had 3 goals and 6 assist in 25 appearances across all competitions so far in 2021.
Whitecaps Director of Recruitment Nikos Overheul spoke about the signing and what the plan is for Pedro Vite going forward. “Vite is another example of this strategy.
“He has special skills, but still has a lot of room to improve. Everyone at the club is aware that it will take time for Pedro to adjust to the league. He is 19 years old, 18 months younger than Deiber Caicedo was when we signed him. We are going to be very patient with Pedro Vite because we believe in his talent and our staff’s ability to unlock it. This is going to take some time, however. Like with all of our younger players, we expect Pedro to help a little now and help a lot in the future.”
Florian Jungwirth –
“Florian is a player who knows the league well, and knows the Western Conference well from his time in San Jose,” Said Marc Dos Santos in introducing Florian Jungwirth. Vancouver acquired the MLS veteran from San Jose for $200,000 General Allocation Money. San Jose could also receive an additional $100,000 in GAM and retains some of the salaries on the 32 years old German Defender.
Florian could be a nice fit with Vancouver as provide more depth at Center back with both Derek Cornelius and Jasser Khmiri out on loan. He won’t be missing for quotes in the future, “Everyone knows that I am a warrior and I can’t wait to fight and leave it all for you on the field.”
This is a veteran player that has over 300 professional appearances and 4 seasons in Major League Soccer. With games amping up he will provide a spell for Ranko Vesenlinovic and Erik Godoy.
Departing Faces For The Vancouver Whitecaps
It was a string of loan deals that saw Vancouver make room for all the new additions. Adding to the list of Simon Colyn, Damiano Pecile, David Egbo, and the aforementioned Cornelius, and Khmiri. Vancouver also made several more moves to the roster ahead of this weekend’s match against the LA Galaxy.
Theo Bair –
It is has been a disappointing year and a half for Theo Bair after what some would say was a break-out year in 2019. With the Whitecaps depth up top Theo was seeing very limited minutes with the squad. The club announced on Thursday that he would go out on loan to Norwegian club Hamarkameratene until the end of the 2021 season.
This will be a big opportunity for the young Canadian National. It won’t come without a big culture change as Hamar, Norway is a bit of a drive from Ottawa.
Gianfranco Facchineri –
The Whitecaps continued their busy ways ahead of the match against LA Galaxy on Sunday night. The team announced Friday that Gianfranco Facchineri would be heading out to San Diego Loyal SC on a loan deal through the end of 2021. The Canadian Youngster spent time last season on loan with CPL Athletico Ottawa. The Whitecaps academy player will look to get more playing time with Loyal SC.
The Vancouver Whitecaps At LA Galaxy Preview will see some familiar faces be available for Vancouver, and some not be available. Maxime Crepeau and Lucas Cavallini are back and rested from the Gold Cup and Canada International duties. They will both be options for Marc Dos Santos Sunday night.
Michael Baldisimo will not be an option for Vancouver. He will miss Sunday’s match due to yellow card accumulation. Expect Caio Alexandre to slot back into the starting 11 with a combination of Janio Bikel and Russell Teibert.
The Whitecaps are coming off a 2-2 draw against Minnesota United FC last weekend that saw Cristian Dajome score both goals. He will not be available Sunday night as the knee injury he sustained is more serious than initially thought. Another player that will be out due to injury is Left-back Cristian Gutierrez. Marc Dos Santos will have options with all the new players but it will depend on if they are up to speed with the squad or not.
Whitecaps At LA Galaxy Preview And The Sports Talk Line Network
The Vancouver Whitecaps at LA Galaxy Preview should get you ready for Sunday night. Vancouver looks to move out of the MLS Western Conference basement while LA Galaxy tries and keeps pace with the top teams. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and notes from the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy Preview will get you ready for tonight but the lineups will come out just after 4:00 pm PST. Stay tuned for lineups and then a post-game recap including the Unnamed Moments of the Match and your thoughts from Twitter.