Match Report: LA Galaxy fall 2-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps in preseason finale

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CARSON, Calif. – The LA Galaxy dropped their final preseason contest of 2018 on Saturday, falling 2-1 to Vancouver Whitecaps FC at StubHub Center.

Kei Kamara and Alphonso Davies found the back of the net to give the Galaxy their third consecutive preseason defeat. Giovani dos Santos scored the lone goal of the evening for Sigi Schmid’s squad. Los Angeles ends the preseason with a 2-4-0 record.

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Los Angeles began the match strong but fell behind after Vancouver were awarded a penalty when Joao Pedro brought down Cristian Techera in the penalty area. A minute later, Kamara stepped up and slotted his penalty past Galaxy goalkeeper David Bingham.

Vancouver doubled their lead in the 51st minute when some poor defending allowed the ball to fall for Davies who beat Bingham near post.

The Galaxy got on the board through a penalty of their own in the 66th minute when Dos Santos fired an effort past Marinovic. The sequence began two minutes prior when Romain Alessandrini attempted an overhead kick that deflected off the outstretched arm of Whitecaps defender Marcel de Jong.

Midfielder Jonathan dos Santos missed the match due to precautionary measures. His replacement, Joao Pedro went 37 minutes before exiting with an apparent knee injury.

The Galaxy start their MLS regular season schedule on Sunday when they host the Portland Timbers at StubHub Center.


LA Galaxy 1, Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. PT

Preseason Exhibition

StubHub Center – Los Angeles, Calif. 

Scoring Summary:

  • VAN – Kei Kamara (penalty) 20’
  • VAN – Alphonso Davies (unassisted) 52’
  • LA – Giovani dos Santos (penalty) 66’

Misconduct Summary:

  • VAN – Efrain Juarez (caution) 7’
  • LA – Jorgen Skjelvik (caution) 13’
  • LA – Romain Alessandrini (caution) 49’
  • VAN – Stefan Marinovic (caution) 92’

Lineups:

LA Galaxy: David Bingham; Rolf Feltscher, Michael Ciani, Jorgen Skjelvik, Ashley Cole ©; Perry Kitchen, Joao Pedro (Servando Carrasco 38’ [Chris Pontius 86’]); Romain Alessandrini, Giovani dos Santos, Emmanuel Boateng (Sebastian Lletget 68’); Ola Kamara.

Substitutions not used: Brian Sylvestre, Justin Vom Steeg, Dave Romney, Daniel Steres, Emrah Klimenta, Tomas Hilliard-Arce, Cordell Cato, Julian Buscher, Baggio Husidic, Ariel Lassiter.

TOTAL SHOTS: 14; SHOTS ON GOAL: 7; FOULS: 10; OFFSIDE: 3; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 0.

Vancouver Whitecaps FC: Stefan Marinovic, Kendall Waston ©, Marcel de Jong, Aaron Maund, Jake Nerwinski (Sean Franklin 76’), Efrain Juarez (Tony Tchani 61’), Cristian Techera (Bernie Ibini 76’), Yordy Reyna (Nicolas Mezquida 62’), Russell Teibert, Alphonso Davies (Brek Shea 61’). Kei Kamara (Anthony Blondell 63’).

Substitutions not used: Brian Rowe, Tim Parker, David Edgar, David Norman Jr., Eric Hurtado.

TOTAL SHOTS: 5; SHOTS ON GOAL: 2; FOULS: 11; OFFSIDE: 2; CORNER KICKS: 0; SAVES: 5.