LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Home Depot Center
Kick-off: 7:00 p.m
The LA Galaxy continue to roll. Since the 4-0 defeat against the Sounders, the Galaxy have gone unbeaten in the five games they’ve played, getting the best of results at the Home Depot Center. Players said they were hoping the loss to Seattle would be a wake-up call, and that seems to be the case. Not only have the Galaxy gone unbeaten in those five games, they have scored a total of sixteen goals on their opponents. Five of those goals have come from Juninho, who looks like he has returned to his 2011 form. The positive results can also be attributed to the defense and their performances. It’s no surprise that since the MLS Cup-winning back-four returned the Galaxy have looked their best in quite some time. Omar Gonzalez and Todd Dunivant have even managed to get their names on the score-sheet. Also, it should be noted that the Galaxy’s three Designated Players have not played together during the past five games, with David Beckham, Landon Donovan, and Robbie Keane missing games for various reasons. Wednesday night’s CCL game against the Puerto Rico Islanders featured a mostly reserve side for the Galaxy, giving the regulars some rest after seven games in the month of August. The young LA Galaxy squad put on a dominating performance and won the second CCL encounter, 4-0.
The Vancouver Whitecaps are currently fifth place in the Western Conference, three points behind the LA Galaxy. With a win over the Whitecaps on Saturday the Galaxy would distance themselves from Vancouver and possibly take third place in the conference, depending how Real Salt Lake does against DC United.
The Galaxy and the Whitecaps will be meeting for the third and final time this season. At home the Galaxy defeated the Whitecaps 3-0, with three first-half goals courtesy of Mike Magee, Robbie Keane, and Landon Donovan. In the second game the Galaxy came back from a two-goal deficit and tied the game at two in the final minutes of play. David Beckham scored the first, while Jose Villarreal managed to score his first career goal after entering the game as a second half substitute. The Galaxy will look to build on recent positive results, while the Vancouver Whitecaps will be trying to get their first victory against LA.
40 points, 46 GF, 40 GA
12-11-4, 4th in Western Conference
Home Record: 6-5-1
Away Record: 6-6-3
37 points, 29 GF, 35 GA
10-10-7, 5th in Western Conference
Home Record: 7-2-4
Away Record: 3-8-3
THIS IS LA!