Tosaint Ricketts scored in the 74th minute following an exceptional run and cross from Ali Adnan, and the Vancouver Whitecaps held on to spoil Chicharito's home debut in a 1-0 victory over the LA Galaxy on Saturday night at Dignity Health Sports Park.
The fullback Adnan was also part of an excellent defensive effort against the talent-laden Galaxy, which had only one effort on target all night.
Just moments after going behind, LA were reduced to 10 men after Joe Corona received his second caution after giving the ball away to Russell Teibert and then stepping on the midfielder's foot.
David Bingham saved Lucas Cavallini's late penalty to keep LA within striking distance into stoppage time, but the Galaxy still opened their 2020 home campaign the way they closed their home slate in 2019, with a defeat to Vancouver.
Aleksandar Katai flashed an early header wide, but otherwise the Galaxy had little to show for their possessive dominance before going down a man. If anything, the Whitecaps were unlucky not to lead at the break after Andy Rose's flashing header struck the crossbar.
- 74' - VAN - Tosaint Ricketts