Whitecaps/ LA Galaxy Game Summary
For the second time in three games the Vancouver Whitecaps came up against a recent MLS Cup winner, but, unlike the well-earned victory over the Colorado Rapids last weekend, this time the ‘Caps capitulated in a harsh 3-0 loss to the LA Galaxy.
This match was over by halftime as the Galaxy’s star players put Vancouver to the sword.
First of all, a well struck David Beckham corner caused confusion in the Vancouver 18 yard box, with the ball ricocheting around until Mike Magee slid it home following some poor marking.
Next, LA striker Robbie Keane’s deft footwork allowed him to slip past an awful Martin Bonjour before curling it home to the bottom right of Joe Cannon’s net.
Then finally, Bonjour let another easy long ball actually bounce over his head, as Keane again showed some neat patience and skill with his feet, resulting in a hesitation move that saw his shot strike Jay DeMerit’s arm, gaining a penalty that American talisman striker Landon Donovan slotted home.
The game was effectively over then before the second period had even begun. Vancouver had a reasonable amount of possession, but could do nothing significant at all with it.
Defence out to sea
Vancouver’s back line had never had a truly poor game this season until last night, and in that sense they appeared absolutely lost.
On the last two goals, it would have seemed to a first time observer that the four starting defenders had never played together before.
They looked absolutely stranded out on that big pitch, with Argentine central defender Bonjour (who had scored his first goal for Vancouver in his last match) looking particularly atrocious.
Hassli sits again
For the third match running, Eric Hassli began the game on the bench, though he did make a cameo in the second half, and perhaps his strength in possession could have consumed more of the LA defensive corps’ time.
Man of the Match
Robbie Keane of the Galaxy scored once and created the penalty that clinched it for LA.
Play of the Match
The amateurish bounce of the ball over the lone head of Martin Bonjour just before the third LA goal signified that this would not be Vancouver’s night.
“I think we met a Galaxy team that was in really good form. The movement of their front players was the best I’ve seen so for in the MLS. Full credit to LA. In the second half I thought we regrouped reasonably well, we tracked movement better.
The second half was stronger for us, and we just have to accept the defeat. A good measuring stick for us.” We know that.” – Coach Martin Rennie
16′ – LA – Mike Magee
30′ – LA – Robbie Keane (Landon Donovan)
41′ – LA – Landon Donovan (penalty)
Shots: Vancouver 11 – Los Angeles 18
Fouls: Vancouver 9 – Los Angeles 19
16′ – LA – David Beckham
24′ – VAN – Darren Mattocks
61′ – VAN – Jun Marques Davidson
68′ – LA – Sean Franklin