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Match Recap: Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0, LA Galaxy 1
Early Donovan strike the difference in crucial West clash


Three Points: Crucial win in Vancouver
Galaxy Insider Adam Serrano’s Three Points on Landon, Jaime, and the Road


Postgame Quotes
Arena shares his thoughts on LA's important result


Penedo turns in "Superman" performance vs. Vancouver
Newly-arrived 'keeper earns praise from his teammates after shutout



LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 0
Saturday, August 24, 2013

BC Place – Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Scoring Summary:

LA – Landon Donovan 7 (Unassisted) 3’

Misconduct Summary:

VAN – Gershon Koffie (Yellow Card) 55’

VAN – Lee Young-Pyo (Yellow Card) 73’

VAN – Nigel Reo-Coker (Yellow Card) 91+


LA Galaxy: Jaime Penedo; A.J. DeLaGarza, Omar Gonzalez, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant; Hector Jimenez (Sean Franklin 68’), Juninho, Marcelo Sarvas, Gyasi Zardes; Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane©.

Subs Not Used: Brian Rowe, Kofi Opare, Pablo Mastroeni, Michael Stephens, Laurent Courtois, Jack McBean.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Lee Young-Pyo (Carlyle Mitchell 90’), Andy O’Brien, Johnny Leveron, Jordan Harvey; Matt Watson (Kekuta Manneh 46’), Gershon Koffie, Nigel Reo-Coker; Russell Teibert, Kenny Miller©, Darren Mattocks (Daigo Kobayashi 74’).

Subs Not Used: Brad Knighton, Jun Marques Davidson, Erik Hurtado, Camilo.

Referee: Armando Villarreal
Referee’s Assistants: Anthony Vasoli and Marco Arruda
4th Official: Alejandro Mariscal

Attendance: 21,000


  • With the win, the Galaxy are now 12-9-4 on the season, giving them with 40 points. They are now alone in second place in the Western Conference and remain five points behind first place Real Salt Lake, who defeated Columbus 2-0. Portland, who play away to Seattle on Sunday, and Colorado are each one point behind the Galaxy while FC Dallas are in fifth place with 37 points.
  • This is the first time that the Galaxy have won two straight league games since July 4 and July 7 and the first time that they have gone four straight games in all competitions without a loss since the going 3-0-3 in their first six games of 2013.
  • LA are the third team in MLS this season to reach 40 points.
  • This was just LA’s fourth road win of the season and their first win away from StubHub Center since May 15 when they beat Philadelphia 4-1.
  • The Galaxy finish the season series with a 2-1-0 record against the Whitecaps. They are now 6-1-1 all-time in the regular season against Vancouver.
  • This was LA’s first-ever win at BC Place, having entered the game with an 0-1-1 record at the venue.
  • Bruce Arena made used the same starting as the club’s last league game, a 4-2 win over Real Salt Lake, though there were six changes to the team that beat Cartagines 2-0 in the CONCACAF Champions League on Tuesday.
  • The only change to the 18-man squad rom last weekend’s win over Real Salt Lake was Laurent Courtois coming into the team in place of Jose Villarreal, who did not travel because of an illness.
  •  In addition to Villarreal, the Galaxy were also without Robbie Rogers (left hamstring strain) and Brian Perk (concussion) because of injuries.
  • LA went in front after just three minutes when Landon Donovan scored his seventh goal of the season.
  • The goal was Donovan’s 99th as a member of the Galaxy. He is now one goal shy of becoming the third player in MLS history, along with Jaime Moreno and Taylor Twellman, to score 100 goals for a single club.
  • Donovan now has 131 goals in his MLS career, leaving him two goals of tying Moreno for the second most in MLS history and three shy of Jeff Cunningham’s MLS record of 134 regular season goals.
  • He was making his 210th appearance as a member of the Galaxy and 199th start for the club. Additionally, he has now played in 297 regular season games during his 13-year MLS career, leaving him three games shy of 300 for his career.
  • In four games in all competitions in the month of August, the Galaxy have scored 10 goals with all 10 being scored by the club’s three Designated Players. Robbie Keane has five of those goals, Donovan has four and Omar Gonzalez has one.
  • This was the first time since July 13 away to Portland that the Galaxy took a 1-0 lead in a regular season game.
  • This was the Galaxy’s third 1-0 win of the year in all competitions, matching their total from a year ago.
  • Jaime Penedo made his third consecutive start in all competitions, collecting his first MLS clean sheet. This was LA’s first clean sheet in the league since July 7 against FC Dallas.
  • This was the first league game against a team other than Real Salt Lake that was not started by Carlo Cudicini.
  • Penedo finished the game with five saves, tying the mark for the second-most saves by a Galaxy goalkeeper in a game this season. Carlo Cudicini also made five saves in the 3-1 loss at Vancouver on May 11.
  • Juninho played his third consecutive game without being booked, meaning that he had one caution removed from his record and is now two cards away from a one-game suspension.
  • Todd Dunivant made his 175th start in a Galaxy uniform in the game while Omar Gonzalez and A.J. DeLaGarza each started their 120th and Juninho started his 110th.
  • The Galaxy will be back in action on Saturday, August 31 when they return home to face the San Jose Earthquakes at StubHub Center. That game, which is presented by The Flame Broiler, will kick off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen live locally on Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes.