FINAL: LA GALAXY 2, VANCOUVER WHITECAPS FC 1

LA Galaxy
2- 1
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
SATURDAY, JUL 20 7:30PM PDT StubHub Center
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BOX SCORE

LA Galaxy 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 1
Saturday, July 20, 2013
StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.

Scoring Summary:
VAN – Camilo Sanvezzo 13 (Russell Teibert 7, Lee Young-Pyo 3) 19’
LA – Jose Villarreal 2 (Omar Gonzalez 2, Juninho 2) 29’
LA – Gyasi Zardes 3 (Todd Dunivant 2) 57’

Misconduct Summary:
VAN – Gershon Koffie (Yellow Card) 32’
VAN – Nigel Reo-Coker (Yellow Card) 37’
VAN – Jun Marques Davidson (Yellow Card) 51’
LA – Juninho (Yellow Card) 72’

Lineups:
LA Galaxy: Carlo Cudicini; Sean Franklin, Omar Gonzalez©, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez, Pablo Mastroeni (Rafael Garcia 78’) Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas (Michael Stephens 70’); Jose Villarreal (Laurent Courtois 86’), Gyasi Zardes.

Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Tommy Meyer, Greg Cochrane, Jack McBean.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Brad Knighton; Lee Young-Pyo (Tommy Heinemann 91+), Brad Rusin, Johnny Leveron, Jordan Harvey; Jun Marques Davidson (Kekuta Manneh 62’), Gershon Koffie, Nigel Reo-Coker; Russell Teibert (Daigo Kobayashi 76’), Camilo Sanvezzo, Kenny Miller©.

Subs Not Used: David Ousted, Greg Klazura, Matt Watson, Corey Hertzog.

Referee: Chris Penso
Referee’s Assistants: Greg Barkey and Jeremy Hanson
4th Official: Juan Guzman

Attendance: 20,093

Notes:

  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 10-8-3 on the season for 33 points. They are now alone in third place in the Western Conference, one point behind second place Portland and one point ahead of Vancouver and FC Dallas, who are tied for fourth place.
  • The Galaxy are now 7-1-2 on the season at home and have won three straight at StubHub Center. In two of those games, LA overturned a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1.
  • LA were the only Western Conference team in MLS to win on Saturday with Colorado, Portland and Seattle all tying while Real Salt Lake and Vancouver lost.
  • The Galaxy are now 5-2-1 in league play this season after a loss.
  • This is the 15th time in 18 seasons in which the Galaxy have won at least 10 regular season games and the fifth straight season in which they had done so.
  • Bruce Arena made two changes to the lineup that lost 2-1 at Portland last weekend with Pablo Mastroeni making his first start for the club and Jose Villarreal returning up front. They replaced Robbie Keane and Robbie Rogers, each of who missed the game through injury.
  • This was the first time that the Galaxy had used a different starting lineup since the 3-2 loss at San Jose on June 29.
  • Under Bruce Arena, the Galaxy have never used the same lineup in four straight games in all competitions.
  • With Mastroeni starting alongside Juninho in central midfield, this was just the second time all season that and the third time in all competitions that Juninho was not paired with Marcelo Sarvas to start the game. The only other time that happened in league play was against Portland on June 19 when Sarvas was suspended. The other time was in the U.S. Open Cup loss to Carolina with neither player dressing for that game.
  • In addition to Keane (left hip flexor) and Rogers (right hamstring), the Galaxy were also without Brian Perk (concussion) because of injury while Landon Donovan remains with the U.S. National Team at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • With Keane and Donovan each missing the game, Omar Gonzalez wore the captain’s armband for LA. This was the first time in his career that he had served as club captain.
  • Gonzalez is the fifth different player to be captain for the Galaxy this season, joining Keane, Donovan, Todd Dunivant and Mike Magee.
  • The Galaxy fell behind 1-0 in the 19th minute when Camilo  Sanvezzo scored his MLS-best 13th goal of the season. That was his first-ever goal against the Galaxy and 10th goal in the last eight games.
  • The 19th minute goal was the earliest goal conceded by LA this season. The previous mark had been 23 minutes by Amobi Okugo on May 15 at Philadelphia.
  • That was just the third time that the Galaxy had conceded the game’s opening goal at home this season. They are 2-1-0 in those three games, having also beaten Columbus 2-1 on July 4.
  • This was the second straight game between LA and Vancouver in Carson that saw Vancouver lead 1-0 early on, only to lose 2-1.
  • Jose Villarreal equalized 10 minutes later with his second goal of the season.
  • All three goals that he has scored in his MLS career have come against Canadian teams and this was the first of his career that was scored at home.
  • In four career games against the Whitecaps, Villarreal has two goals and an assist.
  • The goal was originally called out for offside, but referee Chris Penso conferred with his assistant referee and deemed the goal to stand.
  • Omar Gonzalez and Juninho were each credited with their second assist of the season on the goal. For Gonzalez, that is a new career-high while it was Juninho’s first since April 27 against Real Salt Lake.
  • Gyasi Zardes scored the eventual game-winner in the 57th minute with his third goal of the season. Of his three goals, that was the first to be scored with his feet.
  • The goal was also Zardes’ first in a home game, having previously scored away against Vancouver and Chivas USA.
  • Todd Dunivant was credited with his second assist of the season on the goal. He now has 21 in his 11-year MLS career with two-thirds of those coming in a Galaxy uniform.
  • This was the first time that two Galaxy Homegrown players scored in the same MLS game.
  • Villarreal and Zardes were tied with a game-high six shots.
  • Laurent Courtois, who signed with the Galaxy on Friday, made his debut for the club in the 86th minute, coming on for Villarreal.
  • Four players were booked in the game, but Juninho was the only Galaxy player to be, collecting a 72nd minute yellow card. That was his third booking of the season.
  • The Galaxy finished the game with 22 shots compared to just four for Vancouver. LA now have 20 or more shots in each of their last three home games and four times all season.
  • Omar Gonzalez will travel to Texas tomorrow to join up with the U.S. National Team for the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. are scheduled to play El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Sunday. If they advance, they would then head to Texas to face either Costa Rica or Honduras in the semifinals on Wednesday.
  • LA return to MLS Reserve League action on Monday at 11 a.m. when they take on Chivas USA on Field #6 at StubHub Center.
  • The first team will be back in action next Saturday when they travel to Colorado to face the Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. That game kicks off at 4 p.m. (PT) and can be seen live nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes.