The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy Battle to a 1-1 draw as Ryan Gauld makes his debut. Another match and another draw for Vancouver as they fell behind in the 32nd minute. A great pass by Efrain Alvarez to find Kevin Cabral and the Galaxy would take the 1-0 lead into the half.
Marc Dos Santos would make adjustments and the Whitecaps came out in the second half the more aggressive team. Vancouver would tie things up in the 50th minute thanks to a header from Ranko Veselinovic. It was the Serbian’s first MLS goal and he was all smiles post-match.
Despite Vancouver being the more aggressive team, and bringing on Ryan Gauld, who showed flashes in his 15 minutes. The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy would play to a 1-1 draw. It was a different lineup for the Whitecaps with players coming in and others going out on loan. Get caught up with the latest roster news right here.
Galaxy Strike In The 1st Half
LA Galaxy would kick off the match in the first half at Dignity Health Sports Park. An early offside by the Galaxy would turn the ball over to Vancouver. An Early hard foul by Kouliably on Lucas Cavallini would slow the away attack. Referee Baldomero Toledo would have a long word with the Galaxy player. The two teams would trade possession as the match moved into the 5th minute. Janio Bikel would win a free kick-off Julian Araujo who was shown an early yellow card. Deiber Caicedo would step up and send it well over Jonathan Bond.
Vancouver would hold possession and look for space but the Galaxy would counter quickly in the 8th minute. They would work it down the left side and a chip through the box would come out the other side before a shot by LA was eventually blocked. The ball would run out of touch and Vancouver would regain possession and slow things down as they worked things around the back. Kevin Cabral would get the first shot of the match after getting on the end of a long ball. His shot was deflected and Maxime Crepeau was able to make an easy save.
Julian Araujo and LA would continue to attack down the right side and win a corner in the 11th minute. Efrain Alvarez would send it back in a training ground play and send a return pass well over the box. LA would stay in possession and win another corner after Alvarez was able to beat Ranko Veselinovic in the box. The corner was sent to the backbox but the volley was well over the net and out for a Vancouver goal kick. LA would win the ball right back and get back in on the attack.
They worked things around and held possession as the match moved past the 15th minute. The Whitecaps would get a chance to counter in the 16th minute as Caicedo was sent out wide down the left. He was able to cross it into the box but Brain White and Cavallini were not able to get on the end of the cross. The Whitecaps would get a chance to hold onto the ball and dictate the play in the 17th minute.
Caicedo would win a free kick in the 18th minute after being taken down by Sega Coulibaly. Caicedo would float it into the back post and Ranko Veselinovic would run on it at the back and get a foot on it to challenge Bond. The space was tight and the LA keeper was able to make the save and send LA away on the attack. The Whitecaps were keeping a high backline and making it hard for LA to breakthrough. Bikel would take his 47th foul of the season and LA would be able to regroup. They would show flashes of danger as the ball would once again be played through the box in the 22nd minute.
Maxime Crepeau was tested in the 22nd minute after Araujo had room down the right side. His chip was right into Llleget in the box and he had a free header that was down and right to the Vancouver Keeper. The next real chance would fall to Samuel Grandsir right in the middle of the pitch, he was able to walk in and get a shot off. It was deflected out of play for a corner. It almost cost Vancouver as Williams was able to outjump Patrick Metcalfe but his header was up over the net. The Whitecaps would win their first corner in the 26th minute after a mistake by Bond.
He would clear it but just as far as Caicedo who would send the ball right back in on the net. Bond was forced to knock it out of touch. The corner was sent short and LA would counter quickly with Cabral getting a weak shot on target. Things would go back and forth as Jake Nerwinksi would come back down the other way and win a 27th-minute corner. Caicedo would send it into the front corner and it would fall through to Cavallini. His shot was sent over the target and out of play. The teams seemed to be fine with trading corners.
Grandsir would get the best chance of an early first half when he was sent in alone against Crepeau. He curled it wide and over the net in the 30th minute and the score would remain 0-0. The Galaxy was holding the majority of possession and Vancouver would try and counter after Bikel won the ball back in the 31st minute. Caicedo was all alone and tried to find Cavallini but his pass was long. Galaxy would strike first in the 32nd minute after a great pass from Alvarez to Cabral in the box. He was given all kinds of time and space and slotted it easily past Crepeau for the 1-0 lead.
LA would stay in control of the ball after the goal and look to double their lead. Vancouver would be able to clear but the Galaxy would remain in possession. As the clock moved into the 37th minute Vancouver looked like they were trying to get to halftime early. The Galaxy would win another corner in the 38th minute. Alvarez would take it short and the ball would eventually come back to him. Alvarez would send it over everyone and out for a deep Vancouver throw-in.
Cabral would almost get a second in the half as he was sent in once again. Cabral would dance with Veselinovic but the young Serbian was able to wall him off as the ball ran to Crepeau. LA would keep coming and win a 42nd-minute corner but it was poor delivery. The Galaxy would remain on the ball with a throw before a big blow to Vancouver. Cavallini would go up for the ball and came down grabbing his hamstring and motioning to be subbed off. He would stay in the match for the time being as the clock ticked towards the halftime whistle.
The 4th official would signal an additional 2 minutes and Vancouver looked to be sparked by Cavallini fighting through the pain. They got their best spell of possession as the half ended. The ball would be crossed into the box and Coulibaly would head it up in the air. It would fall down and Cavallini would try a bicycle kick in what looked to be his last contributions to the match. The ball would go wide and the referee would blow things down in the first half of Whitecaps at LA Galaxy.
Whitecaps At LA Galaxy Tie Things Up In The 2nd Half
Greg Vanney would make no changes to the LA Galaxy side that was up 1-0. Marc Dos Santos would make two changes bringing on Russell Teibert and Ryan Raposo for Lucas Cavallini and Caio Alexandre. Caio was invisible in the first half. An early glimpse for LA that was snuffed out nicely by the Whitecaps defense before Raposo would win a free-kick. Vancouver would control things as we moved along into the 49th minute. A decent chance by Vancouver as Erik Godoy would try and spring Brain White. Henderson was able to clear for the Galaxy out for a deep throw.
The Whitecaps would continue on the attack and win a corner in the 50th minute. The ball was sent in nicely by Caicedo and Ranko was able to get a head-on it before Bond could punch it away. The ball would roll right into the corner of the net and Vancouver tied it up 1-1. It was a big goal for a Vancouver side that came out hungry in the second half. The goal would give the Whitecaps new confidence as they were able to control things more.
They would get a chance down the left side with Caicedo but the ball was cut back to open space. LA Was able to control before Bikel would slow things down with a foul. The teams would trade possession as the match moved past the 55th minute. Vancouver would win a free kick in a dangerous spot in the 58th minute. Caicedo would deliver it to the back of the box but it would run out to the corner before the Galaxy was able to clear it for a throw. Vancouver was forced back to their own end and would try and set things up once again.
Some nice work down the left side from Jake Nerwinski and Caicedo saw space open up but Vancouver didn’t have numbers in the box. They would continue attacking as Jake Nerwinski drove into the box but was muscled off the ball and it was cleared back to the Vancouver keeper. The Whitecaps were pressing hard whenever they didn’t have the ball which would lead to a Janio Bikel foul in the 61st minute. The Galaxy would get a chance on the ball to see if they could break the 0-0 tie.
It was short-lived and ran out for a Vancouver throw in the 62nd minute. Jorge Villafana would come up clutching his knee and Greg Vanney would make 3 subs in the 65th minute. Sacha Kljestan would replace Alvarez, Adam Saldana would come on for Jonathan Dos Santos, and Danilo Acosta came on for Jorge Villafana.
The Whitecaps would hold off the first couple of minutes of the Galaxy subs. Rayan Raveloson would get a long shot off on Crepeau in the 69th minute. It was grabbed easily by the Whitecap keeper as the score remained 1-1. As we neared the 70th minute both teams were trying to limit space on their side of the pitch. The Galaxy would almost find some in the 71st minute as Acosta would whip in a cross. Ranko was forced to head it out for a corner.
The ball would be delivered in and bounce back to Grandsir who fired a shot from the top of the box. Crepeau came up big to punch it away as the pressure would continue. LA would cross it across the box again but the Galaxy couldn’t capitalize. The pressure would continue in the 74th minute as the Galaxy would win another corner. Kljestan would send the ball in and Crepeau was forced off his line to try and grab it. He wasn’t able to get all of it and it fell right to Grandsir for the Galaxy. Crepeau came up big once again kicking out the right leg before the ball ran out of touch.
Marc Dos Santos would make 2 changes in the 77th minute bringing on the newest Designated Player Ryan Gauld for Deiber Caicedo. Leonard Owusu would also come on to replace Patrick Metcalfe. The Gauld time in Vancouver has officially started! Vancouver would take control of the ball as we neared the 80th minute but kick it long and out of touch and give it right back to the Galaxy.
Ryan Gauld would get his first chance to shine with a nice cross but Raposo wasn’t able to get on the end of it. Vancouver would win the ball back and get a great chance in the box. Gauld would cut it back to Raposo and he walked around his man before sending a strike in on Bond. It was an easy save for the LA Keeper and they would try and counter quickly. Ranko was forced to chop down Cabral and was then shown a yellow card for time-wasting in the 82nd minute.
Things got nervous for the away side as space would open up for the Galaxy. The ball would bounce around before the Galaxy could get a real shot away and Vancouver was able to clear. The Whitecaps were doing a good job without the ball to press LA and make it hard for them to move up the field. After a mistake from Coulibaly Vancouver would win a throw but Gauld couldn’t make anything happen down the left side. Things rolled into the 86th minute with neither team looking too dangerous.
It seemed the Whitecaps were getting a spark from their new Number 10 as Vancouver would show flashes in the final 3rd. A ball across by Brown to Gauld but he couldn’t get a good foot on it before Brian White would deflect one just wide. The Galaxy would come back in the 90th minute and win a corner kick but it was delivered into the box and then sent out of touch for a goal kick. Greg Vanney would make another change taking off Grandsir and bringing on Augustine Williams. Bruno Gaspar would come on and replace Javain Brown at RB for the Whitecaps.
With 5 added minutes Vancouver would almost take the lead right away. Russell Teibert would send in Ryan Gauld who flicked it up but Bond was just able to get a hand on it and send it out for a corner. The corner was cleared before Ranko was called offside and give the ball back to the Galaxy. The last 3 minutes of stoppage time was nervous for the Whitecaps as the home side would press for the second goal. They would win a dangerous free-kick and Kljestan would send it into the box. It was cleared before Araujo’s shot was blocked and out for a throw.
After Maxime Crepeau would restart things with a goal kick the final whistle would blow on a Whitecaps at LA Galaxy 1-1 draw.
Post Game Thoughts And Media
Marc Dos Santos was up first as usual and spoke about the team’s poor first half and being able to make changes as the team moved into the second.
“We weren’t able to press them well. We tried to be a little bit more aggressive but the way they came out with three players all the time, we felt that we were late to everything. They were overloading one side, they were making it very hard on us on one side with the ball movement… At halftime, we adjusted tactically. We went with Déiber [Caicedo] and Brian White together and they initiated the pressure, they were more aggressive, we were able to push the lines higher.”
He spoke about playing on the road against LA Galaxy, “If you look at our results on the road, I don’t think that’s a problem when you’re in the MLS. Many teams would like to go on the road and get the results that we’re getting in very difficult places. But the problem is we don’t play at home, and we haven’t played at home for so long. We have to go win on the road, and that’s not easy to do. But every point matters. Now it’s five games undefeated, and all those playing away, and every point puts us in a position to grow and to get better.”
I asked Marc Dos Santos about the play of Caio Alexandre and the midfield in general for the Whitecaps at LA Galaxy. “We have a big problem in the midfield, a lot of good players are competing for three spots. You have Pat [Metcalfe], Leo [Owusu], Rusty [Teibert], Caio [Alexandre], [Janio] Bikel, Baldy [Michael Baldisimo], and Ryan Gauld. It’s seven good players competing for three spots, and sometimes I leave [out] guys that are doing well, but the other ones playing are also in a good moment. If I find a way to play seven midfielders I’ll think about it, but it’s very hard. The guys are all ready to go, ready to help the team, and that’s the important thing.”
Ranko Veselinovic was ear-to-ear smiles as he joined the media post-match. I asked him about the feelings of scoring his first goal, “I need to see it. I just saw it on the game. It was a perfect cross from Deiber and I just managed to flick the ball into the net before Bond. It’s a good goal, I’m happy about it. My first in MLS, I hope there is going to be more.”
Since I was the only one asking questions I asked about his thoughts on the match in general. “It was a good match from both sides. LA Galaxy played better first half, we play better second half. We had a few chances maybe to take all three points. I’m disappointed that we couldn’t manage to do it, but every game is hard in MLS, especially when we play a lot of games on the road. We need to focus, now we have a game in five days in San Jose. So, one point is better than zero points. We didn’t make all three, but we need to focus on the next game.”
Ryan Gauld spoke last after getting into his first MLS match, “It was a great experience. It was my first time being here at this stadium, and very impressed with them in the first half. And then we looked a much better team in the second half. I already knew there’s a lot of quality through all the teams in the league, but I think we held our own, especially in the second half, and like I said we could have ended up with the three points easily.”
The Unnamed Moments Of The Match
It was another match for the Whitecaps at LA Galaxy, and it was another draw for Vancouver. Despite the 1-1 scoreline, there was lots of action both on and off the pitch. Ranko Veselinovic scored his first MLS goal in the second half off a set-piece and that is of course going to make an appearance in The Unnamed Moments Of The Match.
The Unnamed Goal Of The Match
I couldn’t give it to anyone but Ranko for his first MLS career goal.
The Unnamed Media Moment Of The Match
Sometimes media is set out in a certain way. Tonight it was Marc Dos Santos answering questions from everyone. Then I had a mini one on one with Ranko Veselinovic before AFTN had a one on one with Ryan Gauld. I don’t make the media rules I just follow them!
For full post-game media check out right here.
The Unnamed Tweets Of The Match
Sports Talk Line And The Vancouver Whitecaps
The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy battle to a 1-1 draw and Vancouver will continue out on the road. They will take on San Jose Earthquake Friday, August 13th, and try and move up in the MLS Western Conference Standings. Make sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for more Whitecaps news and coverage.