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11 May 7:46 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Vancouver Whitecaps FC were understandably jovial after defeated the LA Galaxy for the first time in six MLS meetings, which also snapped their seven-game winless streak. 

The Whitecaps react to the win below...

HEAD COACH MARTIN RENNIE:

Thoughts on the match:

“It’s the first win for the club against the LA Galaxy, so I think that’s a very significant goal that we talked about with the players a few weeks ago as an opportunity that we would have coming up, and that day arrived today. We put together a decent performance in the second half, we took our chances when they came along and for the most part we defended quite well. It’s a fantastic win for us.”

Thoughts on Russell Teibert:

“I think this will boost his confidence. Adding goals to his performance is something that we’ve talked about and we want to see that from him. He’s travelled a very long, hard road from last season to be a first team player. He’s come through our youth system, and there’s others coming through [the youth system] that we’re really excited about as well, so it’s fun to see that today.”

STRIKER DARREN MATTOCKS:

On ending his goal scoring drought:

“It feels really good. I’ve been staying really patient, kept working really hard. I just want to give a big shout out to teammates and all the fans in Vancouver for being really patient with me. It’s been a long time coming. I’ve just got to keep doing the things ive been doing for the last couple of weeks.

On Russell Teibert:

“Fantastic. I think he came in and changed the game completely. He injected a lot of pace and hard work. Russell’s been working extremely hard since preseason. It’s perfect for him to come on and get a couple of goals.”

MIDFIELDER RUSSELL TEIBERT:

Thoughts on his performance:

“I think the team performed really well, we deserve this performance and we owe this to our club and our fans.”

On scoring two goals:

“It feels great. I was overwhelmed when I scored the first goal, and the second one came and the feeling was extraordinary. Scoring my first two goals in front of my family was huge. They supported my dream to become a professional athlete since I was young, so it’s a little gift for them.”

MIDFIELDER NIGEL REO-COKER:

On Russell Teibert:

“Very happy for him, very proud of him. I’ve seen how hard he works since I’ve been here and seen what he can achieve. He didn’t start today’s game. And this is how football changes, I’ve told him this is how football changes. Daigo went off in the first 10 minutes, and he came on and scored two goals.”

On whether this is the turning point of the season:

“I hope so. Something like that, I’d like to believe that we can take some confidence and belief from that, to beat the league champions convincingly as well. We’ve got to use that as a momentum to be a season changer for us and continue to grow as a team and try to achieve what we want to achieve this year.”

11 May 6:36 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- Gyasi Zardes bagged his first professional goal in the 86th minute of the LA Galaxy's 3-1 defeat to Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Zardes spoke to Time Warner Cable SportsNet after the game, which you can watch here.

Zardes' goal is below.

11 May 5:02 pm

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The LA Galaxy fell 3-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC to start off their three game, nine-day road trip with a loss.

A few notes below...

*The defeat is LA's first loss against Vancouver Whitecaps FC in six all-time MLS meetings.

*Russell Teibert scored a brace in the win, his first career MLS goals. 

*Gyasi Zardes tallied his first professional goal of his career. 

*First of six games that the LA Galaxy will play on turf. Last year, LA played six games including Champions League.

*LA have fallen behind Vancouver in each of the last three meetings between two teams. LA has a record of 1-1-1. 

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More to come.. 

11 May 2:00 pm

VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy begin their three-game in nine-day road trip on Saturday against Vancouver Whiteaps FC. As you prepare for today's clash, check out my links, matchups to watch and predicted lineup.

*Last time the LA Galaxy traveled to Vancouver, Jose Villarreal enjoyed his coming out party and he'll be hoping to duplicate his success on Saturday.

*Robbie Keane does not believe that he'll suit up on Saturday, but Todd Dunivant is hoping to be in contention.

*Bruce Arena offered his thoughts on this struggling Vancouver side that has not won in their last seven matches

*Hector Jimenez enjoyed a successful game for LA's reserves on Tuesday. Can it translate to the first team?

*Remember to send in tweets to Rapid Fire Tweets for my segment on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.

*LAGalaxy.com's Larry Morgan's preview to the match.

*Lastly, my Three Points to the game

MATCHUPS TO WATCH

Jose Villarreal vs. Andy O'Brien

The young Galaxy forward will look to repeat his success against Vancouver, but he'll face a physical challenge with the burly Irish center back. 

Mike Magee vs. Y.P. Lee

Perhaps the  match up of the game as the wily Magee will take on the veteran Korean left back. Magee will likely look to use his skills on the ball to befuddle Lee and find holes behind Vancouver's defense.

Greg Cochrane vs. Daigo Kobayashi

Cochrane has done well in all three of his starts this season, but he'll face a new type of test against Kobayashi. More of a technical player than a speedster, the Japanese midfielder will look to confound Cochrane and push him down in his own box. 

PREDICTED LINEUP:

Cudicini; Franklin, Gonzalez, DeLaGarza, Cochrane; Donovan, Sarvas, Juninho, Clark; Magee, Villarreal

11 May 11:09 am

CARSON, Calif. – Hector Jimenez was one of the stars of the LA Galaxy reserves 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Blues midweek and he’ll hope to translate that success into an appearance on Saturday against Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

Jimenez notched a goal and two assists against the Blues as he terrorized the USL Pro team and drew heavy praise from LA assistant and Reserve League head coach Curt Onalfo. The 24-year-old has now notched two goals and two assists in three matches in the Reserve League.

After a successful reserve stint, just how is Jimenez feeling?

“Confident,” Jimenez told reporters on Friday. “It was a fun game to get 60 minutes and I think that I did pretty well. So I’m looking forward to hopefully getting some minutes tomorrow and keep showing why I should be playing. It feels really good being able to step on the field and help my team is always good. Thanks to Bruce [Arena] and hopefully I can keep performing and keep playing.”  

If Jimenez does see the field against the Whitecaps, it would be his fifth appearance this season in all competitions. His last start came during LA’s 2-0 victory over Real Salt Lake last month, where he notched his only assist of the year.

Should he slide into the right side of midfield, he’d work directly in front of right back Sean Franklin, who Jimenez has a fantastic rapport with.

“Last year we played maybe 13 games together. We’re really comfortable and he makes the game happen behind me,” said Jimenez. “Being able to room with him through the road trips definitely helps out on the field.”

11 May 7:11 am

Courtesy of LAGalaxy.com, a video preview of today's match against Vancouver Whitecaps.

Check it out below...

10 May 9:03 pm

VANCOUVER -- The LA Galaxy arrived in Vancouver, B.C. on Friday evenign in preparation for Saturday's clash against Vancouver Whitecaps FC. 

The photo above depicts a stunning view of downtown Vancouver that I snapped upon arrival. 

As you wait for tomorrow's match, check out my Three Points to the game below...

Three Points: LA Galaxy look to start road trip right in Vancouver

10 May 8:23 pm

In the latest edition of View from the Booth, Joe Tutino and Cobi Jones break down the LA Galaxy's match against Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Check it out below...

10 May 1:29 pm

CARSON, Calif. -- The last time the LA Galaxy took the field at BC Place, Homegrown forward Jose Villarreal made the whole world stand up and take notice.

Villarreal scored the tying goal in LA’s 2-2 draw with the Whitecaps last July with a stunning strike that drew praise from across the globe. On Saturday, Villarreal will return to the scene of his goal for the first time as he looks to help LA get back to their winning ways against Whitecaps FC. 

In the club's final training session before departing to Vancouver, Villarreal admitted that he was plenty excited to return to BC Place.

"The goal I had was my first  [professional] goal and I'll never forget that. I think after those couple of games, we made a push for the playoffs and that was important and it was fun. "I'm on a roll with these Canadian teams. Hopefully this game comes down good for us and we get a win," said Villarreal, who scored his second career MLS goal against Toronto FC. "You score a goal, you get a thousand more followers on Twitter, but that's not really important. People recognize you and it's good, but you have to keep the consistency going and I'm trying to keep that going by scoring more goals. 

Although the match ended with Villarreal scoring a world class goal, he admits that he was a bit surprised that he was thrown into the match by LA head coach Bruce Arena, in what was just his second professional appearance. 

"Bruce was like, 'you're going to come in," and I just thought 'wait, what? what is going on?' He put me and just said do your thing and I wasn't going to say no, so I just jumped in there. I got a chance and I put it away," said Villarreal. "That boosted [my confidence]. All my teammates were around me supporting me and for them to be there and have my back was nice." 

10 May 1:02 pm

The must read for Friday comes from MLSsoccer.com's Nick Firchau, who wrote a fantastic piece for the league's website on the growth of the LA Galaxy Academy.

A few of relavant statistics from the article:

* The LA Galaxy and Chivas USA share a 75-mile radius from The Home Depot Center in which to recruit potential Academy players.

* According to Kentaro Group, an international sports rights agency that compiled statistics for MLSsoccer.com, there are roughly 141,000 registered young male soccer players eligible to play in the Galaxy’s academy system.

* According to club President Chris Klein, the LA Galaxy spend 1.5 million and 1.7 million on the academy. 

Read the piece below...

How Jose Villarreal explains the future of MLS youth development

As well as the comapnion piece on how small market teams are dealing with their own youth academies.