Match Report: LA Galaxy’s comeback falls just short in 4-2 road loss to Vancouver Whitecaps FC

The Vancouver Whitecaps nabbed their first league win of the 2017 MLS Season, besting the LA Galaxy 4-2 at BC Place on Saturday.

Designated Player Fredy Montero notched his first MLS league goal as a Whitecap in his return to MLS, drawing the ‘Caps level 2-2 in the second half.

Vancouver opened the scoring thanks to a well-placed strike from distance by Cristian Techera; however their lead quickly evaporated after Galaxy winger Alessandrini forced an own goal and buried one of his own mere minutes later to give the road team a 2-1 lead at the halftime whistle.

A driven shot from Matias Laba earned the game-winner for Vancouver; in what will serve a relieving three-points for the home side. Laba salted the result with a calm finish in the dying embers of the match to earn a brace for his efforts.

Goals

  • 19' – VAN – Cristian Techera Watch
  • 26' – LA– David Ousted Watch
  • 30' – LA – Romain Alessandrini Watch
  • 66' – VAN – Fredy Montero Watch
  • 67' – VAN – Matias Laba Watch
  • 87' – VAN – Matias Laba

Next Up

  • VAN: Wednesday, April 5 – vs. Tigres UANL (10 pm ET | 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League)
  • LA: Friday, April 7 – vs. Montreal (10:30 pm ET | MLS LIVE)

LA Galaxy Postgame Notes
LA Galaxy 2, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 4
Saturday, April 1, 2017
2017 MLS Regular Season
BC Place – Vancouver, BC

Scoring Summary:

VAN – Cristian Techera (Assisted by Sheanon Williams) 19’

LA – Romain Alessandrini (Assisted by Jermaine Jones) 26’

LA – Romain Alessandrini (Assisted by Emmanuel Boateng, Jack McBean) 30’

VAN – Fredy Montero 66’

VAN – Matias Laba (Assisted by Fredy Montero) 67’

VAN – Matias Laba 87’

Misconduct Summary:

LA – Jack McBean (caution) 60’

LA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 77’

VAN – Fredy Montero (caution) 80’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: Clement Diop; Nathan Smith, Daniel Steres, Jelle Van Damme ©, Ashley Cole (Dave Romney 82’); Romain Alessandrini, Jermaine Jones ©, João Pedro, Emmanuel Boateng (Bradford Jamieson IV 79’); Giovani dos Santos, Jack McBean (Gyasi Zardes 67’).

Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Rafael Garcia, Baggio Husidic, Jose Villarreal.

Head Coach: Curt Onalfo

TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 4; FOULS: 18; OFFSIDE: 1; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 2

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: David Ousted; Kendall Waston, Sheanon Williams, Tim Parker, Jordan Harvey (Marcel de Jong 90’+2’); Alphonso Davies, Christian Bolaños, Cristian Techera, Matias Laba, Andrew Jacobson (Tony Tchani 64’); Erik Hurtado (Fredy Montero HT)

Substitutions not used: Russell Teibert, Christian Dean, Paolo Tornaghi, Nicolas Mezquida.

Head Coach: Carl Robinson

TOTAL SHOTS: 8; SHOTS ON GOAL: 3; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 4; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 2

Referee: Allen Chapman
Assistant Referees: Peter Manikowski and Felisha Mariscal
Fourth Official: Drew Fischer
Attendance: 25,083