VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC attacking midfielder Ryan Gauld and defensive midfielder Andrés Cubas have been named to the MLS Team of the Matchday for their performances in the 'Caps thrilling 3-2 away victory over defending MLS Cup champions Los Angeles FC in Matchday 21.
Gauld netted a goal as well as two assists on Saturday night, bringing his season totals to five goals and six assists across all competitions this season and marking the eighth time in his Whitecaps FC career he's recorded multiple goal contributions in one game.
The Scottish playmaker became the first 'Caps player to record a goal and two assists in a match since attacking midfielder Yordy Reyna accomplished the feat against Minnesota United FC on July 28, 2018.
In addition, Gauld tallied 81.5% passing accuracy, 10 successful duels, nine crosses, four chances created and three successful tackles on Saturday night.
Meanwhile, Cubas won possession back 12 times, registered 11 successful duels, eight interceptions, five tackles, and 43 passes (all team-highs) en route to helping the 'Caps keep the defending champs at bay in their own backyard.
Cubas becomes the ninth 'Caps player to be named to the MLS Team of the Matchday this season, joining Gauld (Matchday 11, Matchday 14, Matchday 16, Matchday 21), Julian Gressel (Matchday 7, Matchday 16), Yohei Takaoka (Matchday 8, Matchday 10), Brian White (Matchday 11, Matchday 16), Ali Ahmed (Matchday 6), Simon Becher (Matchday 5, Matchday 6), Tristan Blackmon (Matchday 4), and Ranko Veselinović (Matchday 17).
F: Samuel Adeniran (STL), Bobby Wood (NE), Julián Carranza (PHI)
M: Ryan Gauld (VAN), Frankie Amaya (RBNY), Mateusz Klich (DC), Fabian Herbers (CHI)
D: Derrick Williams (DC), Justen Glad (RSL), Julio Cascante (ATX)
GK: Roman Bürki (STL)
Coach: Wayne Rooney (DC)
Bench: Djordje Petrovic (NE), Maxime Chanot (NYC), Andrés Cubas (VAN), Keaton Parks (NYC), Diego Luna (RSL), Emanuel Reynoso (MIN), Lucas Zelarayán (CLB), Evander (POR), Carlos Vela (LAFC)
Next up, the Blue and White hit the road once more for their second meeting of the season against fellow Western Conference side Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, July 1 at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. PT. You can catch the match live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV or tune in to AM730 (radio), with the radio pre-game show starting at 4:30 p.m. PT.
The 'Caps are back at home on Saturday, July 8 as they host their 10th annual Pride Match against Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC at BC Place, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. PT. Tickets are still available at www.whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
MLS Season Pass
The 2023 season sees the debut of MLS Season Pass, the unprecedented subscription service from Apple and MLS that will have every match of the regular season, Audi 2023 MLS Cup Playoffs, and Leagues Cup – all in one place and with no blackouts. As an exclusive benefit, Whitecaps FC 2023 Season Members will receive a subscription to MLS Season Pass on Apple TV, as well as significant savings over single match tickets.