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.
- 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
- 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
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’
LA – Jack McBean (caution) 60’
LA – Jermaine Jones (caution) 77’
VAN – Fredy Montero (caution) 80’
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