LA Galaxy close out Arizona training camp with 2-0 win over Vancouver Whitecaps
TEMPE, Ariz. –
Playing largely a reserve side, the LA Galaxy got a pair of second half goals
to earn their second 2-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps FC in as many days,
improving their preseason record to 2-1-2 against MLS competition. Adam
Cristman and Chad Barrett scored 16 minutes apart as the Galaxy closed out
their 10-day Arizona
preseason camp with a win.
Playing two 40 minute halves
following yesterday’s game, neither side was able to get on the scoreboard in
the opening half. Vancouver
saw a pair of chances from Atiba Harris and Philippe Davies go close at one end
of the field, while Barrett, Leonardo and Michael Stephens each tested the
Sixteen minutes into the second half
the Galaxy made their only two changes of the game, brining in Cristman and Ryan Thomas. Those moves would prove to pay off just
two minutes later when Cristman scored his second goal of the preseason.
Barrett played Miguel Lopez into the box on the right wing and the Argentinean
hit a low cross into the center of the box for Cristman, who redirected it past
goalkeeper Brian Sylvestre from eight yards out, giving LA a 1-0 lead.
LA remained in the ascendency for
much of the second half and had a number of chances to double their lead before
Barrett did so in the 74th minute. Rookie Hector Jimenez got the
ball on the right and took two dribbles before squaring the ball across the top
of the box for Barrett, who turned to face goal and hit a left footed shot low,
just inside Sylvestre’s left post.
WATCH: Cristman and Barrett score second-half goals
Just before Barrett’s goal, the
Whitecaps came close to an equalizer when Cornelius Stewart picked up a loose
ball inside the Galaxy penalty area, and fired a shot at goal, only for Josh
Saunders to dive to his left and deflect the ball out for a corner kick.
Minutes later, with LA up 2-0, Saunders bravely punched away a Davies freekick,
allowing LA to hold on for a 2-0 win.
The Galaxy will return to Southern
California on Wednesday morning before getting back to training at The Home
Depot Center on Thursday, less than a week ahead of their friendly against Club
Tijuana, which will be played at Torero Stadium in San
Diego on Wednesday, March 2 at 7 p.m. (BUY TICKETS), and three weeks ahead of the
season opener in Seattle against the Sounders FC on Tuesday, March 15 at 6:30
LA – Adam
Cristman (Miguel Lopez) 58’
LA – Chad Barrett
(Hector Jimenez) 74’
VAN – Omar Salgado (Yellow Card) 29’
VAN – Philippe Davies (Yellow Card) 63’
LA Galaxy: Josh Saunders; Dustin McCarty, Sean Franklin, Leonardo, Todd Dunivant
(Ryan Thomas 56’); Michael Stephens, Hector Jimenez, Miguel Lopez, Bryan Jordan
(Adam Cristman 56’); Mike Magee,
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Day 4 Training Update
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