The Whitecaps At LA Galaxy Fall Short
The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy was a match that saw streaks broken. Vancouver was unable to get their 3rd win in a row. On the other end, the Galaxy snapped their 6 matches losing streak.
In the 90th Minute sub, Kai Koreniuk would beat Jake Nerwinski on the Pavon Cross. It was an unfortunate finish for the Whitecaps as they are unable to climb up the MLS Western Conference.
The Galaxy stays alive and stops its fans from revolting. Are fans revolting? sounds like a completely different article so stay tuned for that as they won't be awarding the supporters shield this season.
News, Notes, and Lineups
The Whitecaps at Galaxy was coming in on a two-game win streak. Head Coach Marc Dos Santos left his lineup unchanged for LAFC. Janio Bikel would be unavailable due to yellow card accumulation and he would be the only change to the lineup. Michale Baldisimo would start in the midfield with Leonard Owusu.
Lucas Cavallini and Fredy Montero would start up top. Flanked by Cristian Dajome and Russell Teibert. The Canadian Captain was making his 190th appearances for the Whitecaps. Taking the franchise lead in this category. Ali Adnan, Erik Godoy, Ranko Veselinovic, and Jake Nerwinski at the back. With his 13 starts, Ranko triggers a clause in which the team will purchase his loan option. Evan Bush would once again start in net for the Vancouver Whitecaps.
The Galaxy was going the opposite direction coming into the Sunday night match. They had lost 6 straight games and were at the bottom of the Western Conference. Two changes for head coach Guillermo Barros including Chicharito on the bench. Efrain Álvarez would get the startup top with Cristian Pavon and Yony González.
Giancarlo González would replace Nicholas DePuy at CB to play alongside Daniel Steres.
Boring First half Whitecaps At LA Galaxy
The Whitecaps would start off the first at Dignity Health Park in Los Angeles. They would give the ball away and Evan Bush would be called upon to come out of his net to beat Gonzalez to the ball. Vancouver would head back the other way and test Jonathan Klinsmann. A long Fredy Montero shot was handled easily in the 4th minute.
Space was open on both sides as the match would continue. A poor header by Jake Nerwinski and Pavon was in alone on the Keeper. Evan Bush was able to get his hand on the dribble and then save the second attempt on net. Some nervous minutes early in the match for the Whitecaps. They were able to string together a couple of minutes of control but didn't get past midfield.
The Galaxy would take back control in the 10th minute and Owusu was called for a foul. Vancouver would win back the ball in the 13th minute and look for space to attack. They had a chance on a deep throw but LA was able to regain possession and draw a foul in the 14th minute. The Whitecaps would counter and win the first corner of the match in the 15th minute. Baldisimo would drive it in and Ali Adnan would send the half clearance wide.
The Galaxy would have a chance in the box but Adnan was able to head it straight back to his keeper. Vancouver was looking more dangerous on the ball and would win a free kick in the 18th minute. Adnan would send a shot on target and Klinsmann had to be sharp to parry it out for a corner. The Galaxy was able to clear before a double foul would slow things down.
Los Angeles would get their first corner in the 23rd minute thanks to some hard work. The delivery was all right but Daniel Steres' header is wide over the net. Things would remain scoreless as we rolled along into the 25th minute. The Galaxy would add to their corner tally with two more but they were cleared easily. Vancouver would hold the ball for several minutes and try and work it through the deep line of LA.
In the 32nd minute, the Galaxy would try and counter but Vancouver was able to get men back. They conceded a deep throw but a foul on Cavallini by Steres would give the Whitecaps back the ball in the 35th minute. Owusu would give LA a 37th-minute free-kick from a dangerous area. It was wiped into the back of the back by Pavon and Bush had to come up huge. The rebound was also stopped before the 3rd try was volleyed home. Thankfully for the Whitecaps, it was offside and things would stay scoreless.
Vancouver was playing sloppy and turning the ball over. The 39th minute would bring on another chance for the Galaxy but it was shot wide over the net. The Galaxy was trying to get the opening goal but wasn't able to get any good chances on Bush. The best chance was a cross that Ali Adnan headed back to his keeper. Bush was alert and was able to dive out and avert any embarrassment.
Some scrambly play as Gonzalez would take a challenge from Godoy. There would be 2 added minutes as Vancouver would try and add a late goal. Perry Kitchen was shown a yellow card for a foul on Cavallini. They would get a free-kick and try a training ground play but it was unsuccessful. The half would end scoreless 0-0 with the Whitecaps having 60% of possession in the first half.
Galaxy Win It At The Death In The Second Half
Neither team would make a substitution at halftime. The Galaxy would start off with the ball in the second half and earn a very early corner kick. It was cleared out for a throw for the Galaxy. The Whitecaps would try an attack on the right side but would leave themselves open to the counter. Pavon would streak down the left but nothing was able to get into the box. The ball would come back to Pavon who would send it wide over the net.
The Galaxy would make the first change in the 50th minute as Chicharito would replace Yony González. LA would try and attack the box with a cross floated in but it was headed harmlessly to Bush. The Whitecaps would attack the other way as the game really opened up. Cavallini looked to give the Whitecaps the lead but he was offside in the 53rd minute. Much like the first half, the second was rather dull.
Vancouver was holding more of the ball and Dajome would get shots on target that were easily dealt with by Klinsmann. It was back and forth with not much excitement. Both teams were staying in a solid defensive form. as the 60th-minute mark would roll on the Galaxy would look for a long cross. It would roll out for a corner kick. It was a game that just lacked the intensity to this point. The Galaxy would try again to cross the ball in but it was straight to Evan Bush.
Vancouver would control things from the 60th minute. They weren't able to use the 5 minutes of control to get any real chances. The Galaxy would take their turn trying to get one of their own into the box. It was a match of tired legs it seemed. Chicharito was almost sprung but Nerwinski was able to clear it out of touch in the 70th minute. Marc Dos Santos would have his first change bringing on Ryan Raposo for Baldisimo in the 71st minute. It gave the visiting team a surge but it was quickly countered.
The Galaxy would come back in the 73rd minute and win a corner. It was cleared away and the second piece was sent out for a deep throw. A cross by Álvarez was in a good spot but bounced off the head of Nerwinski and straight to the keeper. The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy would win the ball back in the 75th minute. LA would make their second sub taking off Álvarez and bringing on Carlos Harvey in the 78th minute. Vancouver would make a sub minutes later taking off Ali Adnan. The youngster Cristián Gutiérrez would come on in the 80th minute.
The Galaxy would have a great chance in the 82nd minute by Erik Godoy was in a perfect spot to block the shot. The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy would try and counter and get a deep throw. They would leave themselves open to the counter and Chicharito was unlucky not to finish in the 85th minute on a great cross. It was going back and forth but not very quickly. The Galaxy would win a corner in the 87th minute.
Another sub for LA as Kai Koreniuk would come on to replace Sebastian Lletget. The corner would be sent long and cleared away. Vancouver would try and hold the ball to kill the match but they weren't able to keep it from LA. The referee would signal 2 added minutes as the Galaxy were on the attack.
A questionable call from referee Victor Rivas against Russell Teibert gave the Galaxy a free-kick outside the box. The initial play in would be cleared by LA would capitalize on the 2nd phase. Pavon had switched sides and would bring it down the right side, he played a beautiful ball into the box. Jake Nerwinski was slow to mark Kai Koreniuk and he would bury it for the 1-0 lead.
Marc Dos Santos would bring on Theo Bair late for Nerwinski. The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy were able to get a late chance thanks to Bair but couldn't convert. The final whistle would blow and Vancouver would head back to Portland with zero points while the Galaxy's season was given life.
Post Match Comments
After waiting and waiting Marc Dos Santos spoke after the match about the Whitecaps at LA Galaxy 1-0 loss.
"It’s heartbreaking. Everybody in the locker room feels that we deserved to go back to Portland with at least another point. We knew the game would break after 65 minutes. Both teams looked tired and far from each other but we knew it would be one moment offensively from one of the teams. We had a lot of the possession, especially in the first half but we lacked a little bit of clarity to create chances. It was a lot of possession but not enough chances created. Even though if we had some that were dangerous, we still could have done better."
He was also very short with me when asked about David Milinkovic not being in the 18. Sorry Marc, the 20. My bad. Next up was Evan Bush, and he spoke on the pace of the play.
"Yeah you know, I don't think it was great, to be honest. We were on the ball a lot more than I think that we're used to being on the ball. And that might have surprised us a little bit. I don't think that we moved it probably as quickly as we should have. Find pockets, be more decisive, drive at them a little bit more, but at the same time, if you think about it rationally, this is what the fifth game and in like 14 or 15 days third game in a week"
Rusty finished things off and was clearly unhappy about the late call against him.
"That's what this game is about, it's about two teams battling for points and, as I just mentioned, you don't want a deciding moment, a decisive moment is a game to be ultimately decided by an official. You want the two teams to battle it out, fight like we did. It was it was a tough match up until that moment and, you know, it's just unfortunate that that steals the show and it shouldn't."
"Yeah, these games, I think have been tough on all teams so I can't just say for us it's been tough. It's tough on every team. It's unusual, it's something we're not accustomed to and it's taking some time to adjust. For us, our next couple matches, or a few matches are at home in Portland, but we've been good there in recent form so we'll look to continue to get results there. We need to get results there if you want to contend for the best."
Russell Teibert on moving on from tonight's Whitecaps at LA Galaxy match and looking ahead to the last 4 matches.
Unnamed Sports Show Points Of The Match
There was a lot to this match and not a lot if you catch my drift. Media was quick with only 3 of us asking questions. I was lucky enough to get the piss MDS off question of the night so I give myself the first point.
Post Media Moment Of The Match
Well, that tells me a lot. I reached out to the team after the fact and got the exact same response. Marc said it was a "Technical Decision." What does that even mean? I can only speculate so I will say he had to head back to Vancouver early for some reason...Or something else what do I know.
Ali Adnan "Best Causer Of Grey Hairs"
Ali had a solid match but he needs to ease off giving me grey hairs. I'm only 32 so I don't need him heading it back to Evan Bush like he's trying to score for Iraq in the World Cup. The break will be good for Ali who was subbed off and it was obvious he was tired this match. He should be refreshed and ready to go for the Whitecaps when they take on San Jose.
Evan Bush MOTM
Evan Bush had a great night making saves he probably shouldn't have to keep things scoreless. He had no chance on the game-winning goal and played well out of the back all match. Scroll down for a shameless plug as I spoke with Evan earlier this week about his transition to the Whitecaps.
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The Whitecaps at LA Galaxy will head home after a tough 1-0 loss. By home I mean of course Portland. Players will be able to head back to Vancouver for a couple of days to visit family but will have to return to Portland for training.
Vancouver will take on San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday evening from Providence Park. Make sure to tune into Sports Talk Line to get caught up on everything Whitecaps. Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter @JoshuaGriffith0 for the latest news and updates.
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