539 Days since the Vancouver Whitecaps last played a match at BC Place in front of their home fans. And in front of 11,144 home fans, the Whitecaps vs LAFC were able to sneak out a 2-1 last-minute come from behind victory. An exciting first half looked to end scoreless but a late Video Review would send LAFC to the penalty spot where Deigo Rossi would make it 1-0.
Marc Dos Santos would bring on Ryan Gauld to start the 2nd half and the Scottish National made an immediate impact. The Whitecaps vs LAFC would tie things up in the 60th minute thanks to a great pass from Cristian Dajome to Brian White. He was able to go off the crossbar and over the line and it was 1-1.
The Whitecaps would complete the comeback in the 89th minute. Ryan Raposo stopped, spun, and delivered a perfect cross into the box. Ryan Gauld was able to sneak between the two LAFC defenders and head it past Tomas Romero. It was the second straight win for the Whitecaps who were now also unbeaten in te last 7 matches.
LAFC Take A Late Lead
The Vancouver Whitecaps came out with the same lineup that got all 3 points in Austin. Check out right here for both teams lineup’s ahead of Whitecaps vs LAFC.
LAFC would kick things off to start the match to the wonderful sounds of the Southsiders. The Whitecaps would almost make a costly mistake in the 3rd minute. Andy Rose delivered a poor pass backward and LAFC took advantage. A pass out to the right side and a shot by Eduard Atuesta was blocked out for a corner kick. It was a nice delivery into the box but Vancouver was able to clear and force LA back to half. It was nervous opening minutes for Vancouver as Jose Cifuentes would get too much space and send a curling shot wide.
The Whitecaps would win their first corner in the 6th minute after a nice run from Dajome. It was sent in nicely by Caicedo but ran through the box and out the other side for another corner. The next attempt was delivered short and Owusu would deflect it off an LA player for another corner. This time LAFC was ready and Janio Bikel had to haul down Deigo Rossi to stop the counterattack.
Brian White would get a great chance to score for the Whitecaps when he was sent in all alone in the 9th minute. He waited for a second too long and was tracked down by the LAFC defender before he could get the shot away. After a bad pass from LA, Dajome would move in but his cross was weak and scooped up by the keeper. The Caps would continue pressing and win a 10th-minute corner. Leonard Owusu would swing it in but Tomas Romero was quick off his line to grab the ball.
The home side would keep on the attack after a steal from Russell Teibert. He was able to spring Caicedo who stopped up and whipped a shot. Romero had to be sharp to tip it away, it might have been wide but the LAFC keeper was taking no chances. Vancouver would get another corner but Owusu couldn’t pick out a target.
Some bad luck for the visiting side in the 15th minute as Carlos Vela came up a bit lame on a run. He would be subbed out by Bob Bradley who was taking no chances with his star player. The Caps would win another corner in the 17th minute but couldn’t get the service right. The teams were doing a great job of winning corners but that was the bulk of the action in the first 20 minutes. Vancouver was controlling the ball but a very high line by LAFC was making it hard to breakthrough.
Things would settle down for both teams as the match moved past the 25th minute. LAFC would break down the right side and chip a ball into the box. It was chipped right into the arms of Maxime Crepeau by Cristian Arango. The ball would pinball off the LAFC players as Vancouver tried to find passing lanes. The visiting side would take back control of the ball in the 27th minute and work it dangerously around the Whitecaps final third. A turnover by the Whitecaps almost ended in the back of their net.
Maxime Crepeau had to come up huge as Brian Rodriguez was able to square it up perfectly for Arango. The ball would come right back but his header was over the net and out for goal kick. LAFC would keep pressing as they tried to find that opening goal. A run down the left and a long shot from Rossi but Crepeau was able to dive out and hold the ball for no rebound. Things would slow down as we moved past the 30th minute of action. The next chance would come after the 35th minute as LAFC would move in. A great ball for Deigo Rossi but he skied the shot over the net.
A nice long ball from javain Brown to pick out Brian White but the American Striker’s first touch was too strong and it ran to the keeper. Vancouver would try their luck down the left side but a chip into the box put White into an offside position. As the first half wound down to a close the visiting side would try and open the scoring late in the half. After Rodriguez was taken down without a call from referee Alex Chilowicz. LAFC would play on and win a corner kick in the 44th minute of action.
The 4th official would signal an additional 2 minutes of time in the first half. But the VAR official, Kevin Stott, would call for a video review. It seemed Rodriguez was taken down right inside the box by Javain Brown and after a lengthy delay, Deigo Rossi would step up and calmly slot it past Crepeau. LAFC deserved to be up with all their chances but this one seemed like a bit of a gift. The Whitecaps would win a free-kick late in added time but it was no trouble for Romero who was out to grab it easily.
Ryan Gauld Comes On And Saves The Day Once Again
Marc Dos Santos would make two changes at halftime. Ryan Gauld would come in for Leonard Owusu and Michael Baldisimo would replace Russell Teibert. It would immediately make an impact as a great cross by Gauld would find Dajome, his volley was wide of the net and out for a goal kick. Just like Wednesday night’s match the Whitecaps needed to come back from a goal down in the second half. Vancouver would control things as we moved into the 50th minute as they looked for space to break through the LA backline.
Brian White would win Vancouver a corner in the 52nd minute and Ryan Gauld would deliver it into the box. Javain Brown would collide hard with an LAFC player and be down for several minutes while they were attended to by trainers. On the restart of play, the Whitecaps were back under the control of the ball. Time was going by quickly but Vancouver would get the equalizing goal thanks to some great work by Brian White. The pass in front was sent right to White who sent it off the crossbar. It would bounce up in the air and Ryan Gauld would come out of nowhere and ninja kick it in for his first MLS goal.
After further review, the original shoot by Brian White crossed the line after bouncing off the crossbar. Ryan Gauld would have to wait a bit longer for his first as a Whitecap.
It was almost short-lived as LAFC stormed back and almost re-took the lead in the 63rd minute. A great pass to spring Rossi but his shot was stopped by Crepeau before the rebound was sent right off the far post. They would continue to press and win a corner kick in the 65th minute. Atuesta would send it to the front of the box and it would bounce down to Arango but his shot was well off the target and over the net. LAFC would make their second substitution bringing on Raheem Edwards for Farfan.
Vancouver was looking like the more dangerous team in the second half as the match moved into the 70th minute. Vancouver would win a free kick in a dangerous spot after Dajome was taken down by a hard body check. Dajome would step up and drive it hard right at the wall. Vancouver would control but a cross into the box was too close to Romero. Vancouver would make their 3rd substitution bringing on Tosaint Ricketts for Brian White in the 73rd minute.
It would be LAFC that would get the next opportunity off a free-kick of their own. Atuesta would send in a nice attempt but it was over top of a jumping Crepeau and out for a kick. LAFC would get another chance, this time from a set-piece out wide. It was dropped down in front of the net but Arango was in an offside position. Crepeau would make the save for good measure. The home side were on their heals as LAFC continued the shooting gallery on Crepeau.
Ryan Raposo would come on to replace Deiber Caicedo in the 82nd minute as the score remained 1-1. The away side would draw another foul shortly after but the delivery was right to Maxime Crepeau. Some solid play by both sides as things ticked towards the 90th minute. LAFC would win a corner down the right side but the service was headed away easily by Andy Rose. Jake Nerwinski would advance it farther and the Caps were out on the Counter. Tosaint Ricketts would cross it hard in front but Gauld wasn’t able to get on the end of it.
Vancouver would take the lead in the 89th minute. A great cross into the box by Ryan Raposo and Ryan Gauld was able to head it perfectly past Romero. BC Place erupted in joy as the Whitecaps had a late lead.
The 4th official would signal an added 7 minutes of time as Vancouver kept on the attack. LAFC would make a substitution in the first minute of added time bringing on ** for **. The Whitecaps would do their best to keep the ball on the other side of the pitch away from their goal. Arango would be shown a yellow card after fouling Gauld and then arguing about the decision. LAFC would eventually break out with the ball but a cross into the box was easily cleared away.
They would continue the pressure but Maxime Crepeau was able to smother the ball and kill more time off the clock. The Final Whistle would blow as the Whitecaps made it 2 wins in a row and 7 straight unbeaten.
Post Match Thoughts And Media Whitecaps vs LAFC
“I can’t say it more, the spirit of the guys. Everybody feeling important that they play the role when they have to play it, starting or coming off the bench. There was a huge impact from the substitutions tonight. In a game that wasn’t perfect, a game that was really hard for. When LA scored first, they deserved it. They played a lot of balls behind our back, we didn’t deal well with the second balls in the game. They were able to jump into those second balls. They’re a team that’s very hungry for a win, right.”
“And maybe you know our trip, kind of put us in a position that we were sluggish, not good enough in the first half, very difficult second half. Again, the subs helped. It wasn’t an excellent second half, there was good moments, but a little bit of luck in some moments that that is necessary. If I go back to some moments where we were very unlucky in some other games, so I guess it balances out. But the spirit. We had to win our fans back, you know we have a lot of jobs to do to win the fanbase back because we’ve been far from them, we’ve struggled.”
He would continue, “So the win is important just to get them back. Of course, it’s a fairy tale story for Ryan Gauld to get that goal. And now what I told the guys in the locker room is enjoy, but such a tricky game on Thursday against a very good team. So trust me, we are going to be ready for it.”
Ryan Gauld spoke about the match, “The most important thing was the three points. To play here in front of the fans for the first time at this stadium was a really good feeling. I know all the boys have missed playing here in front of the fans. So to get the opportunity to do it today was brilliant, so hopefully we sent them all home happy.”
“Yea it’s always good to receive a nice response from the crowd and thankfully we’ve paid them back today for the support they’ve given us and we’ll be looking to carry on like that and pay them back because they’ve shown up in numbers today. We’re very happy that we’ve sent them home happy” He continued about the support the team received from the fans back at BC Place.
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The Vancouver Whitecaps continue their season on Thursday August 26th in the first leg of the Canadian Championship. The Whitecaps will head to Vancouver Island to take on Canadian Premier League side Pacific FC. The two teams will kick off the match 7:00 pm PST from StarLight Stadium in Langford.
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