CARSON, CA – Vancouver Whitecaps FC recorded a 1-1 draw against fellow Western Conference side LA Galaxy this Saturday evening at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
The first half began with Vancouver winning a set piece opportunity. Following the play, midfielder Julian Gressel crossed in a ball to defender Tristan Blackmon as his header opened the scoring in the 14th minute.
Moments later, LA Galaxy forward Dejan Joveljić saw his shot strongly parried away by goalkeeper Yohei Takaoka in the 16th minute of the match to keep the 'Caps ahead.
Before the first half interval, Kelvin Leerdam got on the end of loose ball inside the box. The fullback directed the goal towards goal to level the game in stoppage time.
With the second half starting, the home side built up through midfield, eventually getting to ball to Joveljić, who's effort was then saved by Takaoka in the 53rd minute.
As the match progressed, midfielder Ryan Gauld’s through pass sprung forward Brian White into the attacking half, his attempt was sent wide of the goal in the 75th minute.
The Blue & White will now prepare for another road test as they face Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field next Saturday March 25, with kickoff set for 5:30 p.m. PT. Catch all the action on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV and AM730, with the radio pre-game show starting at 4:30 p.m. PT.
The next home match for the 'Caps is set for Saturday, April 1 in an all-Canadian clash against rivals CF Montréal, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. PT, followed by the first leg of the Concacaf Champions League quarterfinals against fellow MLS opposition Los Angeles FC on Wednesday, April 5 at 7 p.m. PT. For tickets, visit whitecapsfc.com/tickets.
VWFC GE Appliances Player of Quality: Andrés Cubas
Referee: Victor Rivas
14’ – VAN – Tristan Blackmon (Julian Gressel)
45’+4’ – LA – Kelvin Leerdam
Possession: LA 57.4% – VAN 42.6%
Shots: LA 20 – VAN 12
Shots on Goal: LA 6 – VAN 2
Saves: LA 2 – VAN 4
Fouls: LA 13 – VAN 15
Offsides: LA 1 – VAN 1
Corners: LA 13 – VAN 4
17’ – VAN – Ranko Veselinović
43’ – VAN – Javain Brown
71’ – VAN – Ryan Raposo
87’ – VAN – Mathías Laborda
90’+3’ – LA – Raheem Edwards
1.Jonathan Bond (33.Jonathan Klinsmann 25’); 18.Kelvin Leerdam (17.Chris Mavinga 86’), 22.Martín Cáceres, 24.Jalen Neal, 44.Raheem Edwards; 8.Mark Delgado, 5.Gastón Brugman © (16.Uri Rosell 86’), 6.Riqui Puig; 7.Efraín Álvarez (20.Memo Rodríguez 65’), 11.Tyler Boyd (31.Preston Judd 86’), 9.Dejan Joveljić
Substitutes not used
2.Lucas Calegari, 15.Eriq Zavaleta, 16.Uri Rosell, 37.Daniel Aguirre, 56.Jonathan Pérez
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
18.Yohei Takaoka; 23.Javain Brown, 4.Ranko Veselinović, 6.Tristan Blackmon, 27.Ryan Raposo (2.Mathías Laborda 74’); 19.Julian Gressel (16.Sebastian Berhalter 74’), 20.Andrés Cubas, 25.Ryan Gauld ©; 11.Cristian Dájome (8.Alessandro Schöpf 61’), 24.Brian White; 9.Sergio Córdova (45.Pedro Vite 43’)
Substitutes not used
1.Thomas Hasal, 7.Déiber Caicedo, 22.Ali Ahmed, 29.Simon Becher, 31.Russell Teibert