Match Recap: Vancouver Whitecaps 3, LA Galaxy 1
Homegrown forward Gyasi Zardes scores first MLS goal in defeat in Vancouver
Three Points: LA Galaxy fall to Vancouver Whitecaps FC, 3-1
Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano's Three Points to LA's defeat in Vancouver
Gyasi Zardes hopes first goal is the start of big things for LA Galaxy
Zardes scores first professional goal of his career in LA's defeat to the Whitecaps
GALAXY INSIDER BLOG
LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3
Saturday, May 11, 2013
BC Place – Vancouver, B.C., Canada
VAN – Russell Teibert 1 (Nigel Reo-Coker 1) 63’
VAN – Russell Teibert 2 (Gershon Koffie 1) 76’
LA – Gyasi Zardes 1 (Jose Villarreal 1) 86’
VAN – Darren Mattocks 1 (Jordan Harvey 1, Gershon Koffie 2) 92+
VAN – Johnny Leveron (Yellow Card) 3’
VAN – Russell Teibert (Yellow Card) 76’
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin (Colin Clark 85’), A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Greg Cochrane; Hector Jimenez (Michael Stephens 72’), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas (Gyasi Zardes 67’), Mike Magee; Landon Donovan©, Jose Villarreal.
Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Tommy Meyer, Leonardo, Rafael Garcia.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Joe Cannon; Lee Young-Pyo, Andy O’Brien , Johnny Leveron, Alain Rochat; Gershon Koffie, Jun Marques Davidson, Daigo Kobyashi (Russell Teibert 14’), Nigel Reo-Coker© (Brad Rusin 85’), Camilo (Jordan Harvey 78’); Darren Mattocks.
Subs Not Used: Brad Knighton, Kekuta Manneh, Corey Hertzog, Tommy Heinemann.
Referee: Sorin Stoica
Referee’s Assistants: Mike Kampmeinert and Colin Arblaster
4th Official: David Gantar
Attendance: 21,000 (sellout)
With the loss, the Galaxy are now 4-3-2 on the season and remain on 14 points. They remain tied with San Jose for fourth place in the Western Conference and are seven points behind first place FC Dallas.
The Galaxy have now lost two consecutive league games for the first time since June 30 and July 4, 2012. After those two defeats, LA proceeded to go 10-2-4 in their final 16 regular season games of the year.
They are now 1-2-1 on the road in the regular season and 2-2-1 when facing fellow Western Conference clubs.
This was just the second time this season that the Galaxy conceded two or more goals in a regular season game. Both have come with the team playing in Canada. The three goals allowed were a season-high.
The Galaxy have now conceded eight goals in the league with seven coming in the second half compared to one in the first half.
Bruce Arena made one change to the team that lost 1-0 at home to Houston last weekend with Hector Jimenez returning to the starting lineup in place of the injured Charlie Rugg. Jimenez started on the right side of midfield while Landon Donovan was moved up front to partner Jose Villarreal.
Rugg was one of four Galaxy players to miss the game because of injury with Todd Dunivant, Robbie Keane and Jack McBean each missing out as well.
This was the 13th straight game in all competitions this season that the Galaxy had made at least one change to their starting lineup.
Additionally, the forward pairing of Landon Donovan and Jose Villarreal was the 10th different forward pairing used by the Galaxy this season.
This was the Galaxy’s seventh match out of 13 in all competitions that went into the half tied 0-0.
Russell Teibert gave the Whitecaps a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute with his first goal of the season.
He scored his second goal of the game 13 minutes later becoming the first player to score multiple goals in a game against the Galaxy since Fabien Espindola did in Real salt Lake’s 2-1 win over the Galaxy at The Home Depot Center on October 6, 2012.
Gyasi Zardes scored the first goal of his MLS career in the 86th minute, heading home a Jose Villarreal cross.
Zardes’ goal snapped a stretch of 253 minutes without a goal, dating back to Charlie Rugg’s 13th minute tally at Real Salt Lake on April 28.
Darren Mattocks completed the scoring in the second minute of stoppage time, scoring his first goal of the season to give the Whitecaps a 3-1 win. That was his second career goal against LA, having also scored in the playoffs against the Galaxy last season.
This was the first time in seven all-time meetings in all competition with the Whitecaps that the Galaxy did not score at least twice.
The Galaxy will be back in action on Wednesday, May 15 when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Union. That game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.