LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – After a thrilling 3-2 win over USL side Las Vegas Lights FC on Saturday night, Vancouver Whitecaps FC are right back at it on Sunday for a first-ever meeting with Los Angeles Football Club.
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The ‘Caps enter Sunday’s friendly with a 3W-1L-0D preseason record.
Kei Kamara, Cristian Techera, and Tim Parker are Vancouver’s leading goalscorers thus far with a pair of goals each. Bernie Ibini and Alphonso Davies, who opened his preseason account on Saturday in spectacular fashion, have also found the back of the net.
Whitecaps FC head coach Carl Robinson split his squad for this weekend’s fixtures, with the following players travelling directly to Los Angeles for Sunday’s match: Danny Barrera*, Anthony Blondell, Juan Pablo Caffa*, Justin Fiddes^, Aly Ghazal, Doneil Henry, Erik Hurtado, Bernie Ibini, Brandon Kerr*, Brett Levis, Aaron Maund, Jake Nerwinski, Yordy Reyna, Brian Rowe, Brek Shea, and Tony Tchani.
* Training camp invitee
^ Unsigned SuperDraft selection
LAFC are preparing for their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.
This will be their third preseason fixture of 2018 after a pair of draws vs. Toronto FC and New York City FC. Costa Rican national team striker Marco Urena has scored all three goals for LA thus far.
There are a number of familiar faces on LAFC’s roster, including former ‘Caps defenders Steven Beitashour and Jordan Harvey and Canadian internationals Dejan Jakovic and Mark-Anthony Kaye. The headliner for LAFC, however, is Mexican striker Carlos Vela – a longtime friend and former national team teammate of Vancouver’s Efrain Juarez.