Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy (8/24)

Vancouver Whitecaps vs LA Galaxy
Saturday, August 24, 2013
BC Place
Kick-off: 6:00 p.m

Things are starting to turn around for the LA Galaxy. The start of the second half of the season has been good for LA, as the defending back-to-back MLS Cup champions have gone unbeaten in their three previous games, obtaining two consecutive wins in MLS and CCL play. After the controversial 3-3 draw against Dallas the Galaxy took care of first-place RSL at home, and would then defeat Cartagines to place themselves in first place in Group 8 of the Champions League.

Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane create problems for opposing defenses when they’re on their game, and lately…they’ve been on their game. Donovan’s extraordinary Gold Cup tournament has carried over into MLS play, as seen by his hat-trick against Dallas. In the following game Robbie Keane had a hat-trick of his own, leading the way for LA to defeat RSL and stay in the hunt for the Supporters’ Shield. The duo is as dangerous as they come in MLS, if not more. The two combined on Tuesday night in CCL play after Landon Donovan assisted Keane twice after entering the game in the second half.

The Whitecaps and the Galaxy have met twice this season, splitting results with the home team taking one game apiece. When they met earlier in the season in Vancouver, the Whitecaps took their first victory against LA, defeating the Galaxy 3-1. About a month ago the Galaxy defeated the Whitecaps 2-1 behind goals from Jose Villarreal and Gyasi Zardes. It may be said often in the latter part of the season, but this is another must-win game for the Galaxy, as only one point is keeping them above Vancouver at the moment.

Jaime Penedo has started the past two games for the Galaxy, and one would think that if the results keep staying positive for LA he’ll keep appearing in goal. Still one of the worst defenses in the final fifteen minutes, the Galaxy backline will have to remain focused throughout to bring a positive result back to LA. Juninho is on yellow-card warning, meaning he’ll be suspended for next weekend’s game against San Jose should he receive a yellow card this Saturday against the Whitecaps.


LA Galaxy:
37 points, 39 GF, 32 GA
11-9-4, 4th in Western Conference
Home Record: 8-1-2
Away Record: 3-8-2

Previous Games:
(8/17) LA Galaxy 4-2 Real Salt Lake
(8/11) FC Dallas 3-3 LA Galaxy
(7/27) Colorado Rapids 2-0 LA Galaxy
(7/20) LA Galaxy 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(7/13) Portland Timbers 2-1 LA Galaxy

Vancouver Whitecaps:
36 points, 36 GF, 32 GA
10-8-6, 5th in Western Conference
Home Record: 8-1-3
Away Record: 2-7-3

Previous Games:
(8/17) Colorado Rapids 2-0 Vancouver Whitecaps
(8/10) Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 SJ Earthquakes
(8/3) Portland Timbers 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps
(7/27) Vancouver Whitecaps 0-1 Philadelphia Union
(7/20) LA Galaxy 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps