This might not be the most free-flowing encounter because both Vancouver Whitecaps and Los Angeles Galaxy aren’t heading into this match in the best of form.
The former have lost their last three matches in the MLS and the visitors have drawn their last three. Vancouver Whitecaps can afford to start focusing on what they can do for next season but the Los Angeles Galaxy desperately need the points. And this is a reason why it’s hard to see past them getting all three points on Wednesday – the incentive is alluring.
It won’t be easy for Los Angeles Galaxy and they’ll be well aware that Vancouver Whitecaps have a favorable head-to-head history. The Whitecaps have won 12, drawn six and lost 10 times in this fixture. Los Angeles Galaxy might be the most successful side in the league’s history but that’s never mattered to the Vancouver Whitecaps and it won’t matter in this match.
The last meeting between the two sides took place just last month with Los Angeles Galaxy showing one of their best displays of the season. They won the game 5-2 with two goals from Samuel Grandsir, one from Javier Hernandez, one from Victor Vazcuez in the first half, and one from Efrain Alvarez in the 89th minute.
Ryan Gauld got one for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first half and any hopes of using Tosaint Ricketts’ goal in the 70th minute as fuel for a comeback were cut short when Cristian Dajome was sent off nine minutes later. It was a brilliant game of football with lots of twists but one side was clearly better than the other on the day.
It was yet another game to forget for the Vancouver Whitecaps over the weekend as they lost 3-1 to the Colorado Rapids. Brian White gave the Vancouver Whitecaps a surprise lead in the ninth minute but the visitors couldn’t take advantage of the lead with Gyasi Zardes scoring the equalizer 12 minutes later.
This was followed by the concession of a penalty from the Whitecaps, which Diego Rubin duly punished them for in the 33rd minute.
The Colorado Rapids were able to hold on to the lead and got the third goal in the 75th minute, thanks to Jonathan Lewis, to inflict another terrible day at the office for the Whitecaps – one of many in recent weeks.
Vancouver Whitecaps’ top goalscorer for the season, Lucas Cavallini, will not play the remaining games this season after being suspended by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for violent conduct in the 53rd minute of Vancouver Whitecaps’ match against Nashville SC on August 27.
It wasn’t likely to make a massive difference in the end but teams and fans need a bit of hope before their season ends and Cavallini’s suspension has killed any hope of that. On the other hand, their upcoming opponents are under massive pressure. It’s hard to see them match the energy levels and that might just decide the tie.
Losing their top scorer for a few games is a blow but it’s not the reason why they won’t make it to the playoffs this year. Their defense has been sub par all season. The team has conceded 54 goals so far with only the San Jose Earthquakes conceding more in the western conference. They also have the worst goal difference in the league, which goes to show that this team will need a lot of work going forward.
Even with Cavallini in the squad, they weren’t exactly setting the league alight; without him, they’re arguably the worst side in the MLS at the moment.
Right winger Deiber Caicedo has been out with a knee surgery since early July. Lucas Cavallini will be suspended till 19 September, 2022.
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Los Angeles Galaxy drew against Nashville SC 1-1 in a dramatic match on the weekend. Javier Hernandez missed yet another penalty but Ricky Puig made sure that he didn’t miss his from the spot nine minutes into added time to give Los Angeles Galaxy a vital point in their quest for a playoffs berth. Walker Zimmerman of Nashville SC was sent off for obstructing Hernandez’s shot right at the end with his right arm, which led to an equalizer from Puig.
Puig’s penalty wasn’t the best either, with Joe Willis coming mighty close to making his second save from the spot in the match.
It was a tale of penalties with Hany Mukhtar also scoring from the spot in the 28th minute. Unlike the Los Angeles Galaxy stars, he had no trouble putting the ball in the back of the net from the spot.
Javier Hernandez seemed to have hit form in the final months of the season but that has evened itself out with some big misses from the penalty spot. Hernandez apologized to fans after attempting a panenka from the spot in the previous week but to follow it up with another miss is a real blow to the forward. Hernandez, even during his best years in Europe, was never really the cleanest striker of a ball. He made his name as a poacher – finding himself in the right place at the right time.
He also worked his socks off out of possession but he’s no longer that player and it remains to be seen if he’ll go down as a good signing when his time at the club comes to an end. Los Angeles Galaxy are a proud club and he’ll need to do a lot more to be deemed a success.
Los Angeles Galaxy seem to have gotten a real lift since Ricky Puig’s arrival. They were a pretty solid outfit even before his arrival but the results weren’t coming. Puig has provided a level of control to the team that was previously lacking and has also contributed to goals and assists, which isn’t really his specialty. He might just go down as one of the best signings of this MLS season.
Left-back Jorge Villafana has been out since March with a knee issue and has undergone surgery. There is no expected return date.
|Teams||Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs Los Angeles Galaxy|
|Time||Wednesday, September 14 at 7:00 pm ET onwards|
|How to watch||TSN1, TSN4, ESPN+ and Spectrum SportsNet|
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