(Watch Video) Vancouver Whitecaps end LA Galaxy unbeaten streak, secure 4-2 win

July 17th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

The Vancouver Whitecaps rode another early wave of domination to a 3-0 lead before holding on for a 4-2 win over the Galaxy at B.C. Place.

Los Angeles, which scored both of its goals while playing with 10 men, saw its seven-match (3-0-4) undefeated streak in MLS play come to an end.

The Caps sliced open the L.A. defence — which had conceded the fourth-most goals in MLS coming into the game — almost at will. They imposed themselves on the visitors, hitting crossbar after crossbar, nearly had two leak across the goal-line, and forced Galaxy keeper Jonathan Bond into some tough saves.

No team in MLS has as many goals in the opening five minutes (four) or the first 30 minutes (14) as Vancouver. Three days before, Pedro Vite scored in the opening minute of Wednesday night’s win over Austin — the second time this season he’d scored in under 30 seconds.

The Whitecaps took the lead in the second minute. Raposo curled a cross from just outside the penalty box into the goalmouth, where White headed it past diving goalie Jonathan Bond for his team-high eighth goal of the season.

Vancouver struck again eight minutes later. Julian Gressel centered a pass into the box that Mavinga deflected to Gauld, who blasted it into the upper-left corner of the goal from just a few feet away.

Gauld nearly made it 3-0 in the 13th minute when he hit the crossbar, with Alessandro Schopf’s rebound attempt also caroming off the crossbar and into play.

Mavinga, who had picked up a yellow card in the ninth minute, was given another in the 22nd minute for taking down White in the penalty box while trying to stop White’s breakaway.

Gauld’s penalty kick made it 3-0 in the 23rd minute.

Los Angeles pulled to within 3-1 in the 61st minute when Riqui Puig lofted a corner kick to the top of the penalty box to Brugman, who volleyed it into the back of the net.

Delgado made it 3-2 when he took a pass from Preston Judd and drove it in between goalie Yohei Takaoka’s legs in the 74th minute.

Cordova put the game away in the fourth minute of stoppage time.

Takaoka made four saves, while Bond had five.

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