Whitecaps FC, LA Galaxy share points in early Western Conference test
VANCOUVER: Vancouver Whitecaps FC drew LA Galaxy 0-0 in front of another sellout crowd in an early Western Conference test at BC Place on Saturday evening.
The ‘Caps dictated much of the action, with Felipe and Efrain Juárez creating chances from the midfield, and Alphonso Davies and Cristian Techera breaking down the Galaxy defence from each wing. However, neither team would be able to find the net, but a draw would be enough for the ‘Caps to move into a tie atop of the Western Conference table with seven points after four matches.
The result also extended the ‘Caps home undefeated record to a club MLS record 11 matches.
LA got their chances in the second half, the closest one coming on the counterattack when goalkeeper David Bingham found Emmanuel Boateng on the break, but ‘Caps keeper Stefan Marinovic pressured the speedy forward into putting the ball wide of the target in the 57th minute.
Kei Kamara, back after missing the ‘Caps lone loss of the young season last week, had an opportunity in the 71st minute when he juggled the ball to evade a pair of Galaxy defenders, but his incredible effort went wide of the right post.
Marinovic, who made one save on the evening, made an acrobatic dive to thwart a cross in the 87th minute, putting the finishing touches on the clean sheet.
Whitecaps FC now head out to MAPFRE Stadium next Saturday, March 31 for a clash against MLS-best Columbus Crew SC. Kickoff is at 12 p.m. PT on CTV, TSN4/5 and TSN Radio 1040.
The ‘Caps are back home on Friday, April 13 when they host expansion side Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) at BC Place. Visit whitecapsfc.com for ticket information.
MCMILLAN ‘CAPS CORNER KICK DONATIONS
For every ‘Caps corner kick at home, McMillan donates $100 to the United Way. An additional $500 is donated for every goal scored off a corner kick. This match McMillan Corners for Kids has donated $700 for a running total of $1,000.
Budweiser Man of the Match: Felipe
Referee: Fotis Bazakos
Possession: VAN 55.6% – LA 44.4%
Shots: VAN 11 – LA 8
Shots on Goal: VAN 2 – LA 1
Saves: VAN 1 – LA 2
Fouls: VAN 10 – LA 12
Offsides: VAN 1 – LA 1
Corners: VAN 7 – LA 3
53′ – LA – Rolf Feltscher
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
1.Stefan Marinovic; 28.Jake Nerwinski, 18.José Aja, 22.Aaron Maund, 17.Marcel de Jong (20.Brek Shea 75′); 6.Efrain Juárez © (77.Jordon Mutch 75′), 8.Felipe, 29.Yordy Reyna (9.Anthony Blondell 85′); 13.Cristian Techera, 23.Kei Kamara, 67.Alphonso Davies
Substitutes not used
12.Brian Rowe, 11.Nicolás Mezquida, 31.Russell Teibert, 66.Aly Ghazal
1.David Bingham; 20.Tomas Hilliard-Arce, 16.Jorgen Skjelvik, 5.Daniel Steres; 25.Rolf Feltscher, 2.Perry Kitchen, 14.Servando Carrasco (88.Joao Pedro 90’+3′), 4.David Romney; 17.Sebastian Lletget © (6.Baggio Husidic 81′); 15.Ariel Lassiter (19.Chris Pontius 65′), 24.Emmanuel Boateng
Substitutes not used
12.Brian Sylvestre, 41.Justin Vom Steeg, 21.Hugo Arellano