Whitecaps 4, Galaxy 2: Robust begin and stable end as Vancouver climbs again up the ladder

Two objectives from Ryan Gauld helped the Whitecaps win back-to-back video games for the primary time since April, and simply the second time this season.

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There’s the short, and there’s the useless.

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RIP, L.A. Galaxy.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps rode one other early wave of domination to a 4-2 win over the Galaxy Saturday evening at B.C. Place.

Brian White scored inside two minutes, Ryan Gauld scored eight minutes later, and even when L.A. defender Chris Mavinga hadn’t been proven his second yellow of the evening within the twenty third minute, the outcome would have been the identical.

The Caps sliced open the L.A. defence — which had conceded the fourth-most objectives in MLS coming into the sport — virtually at will. They hit two crossbars, pressured Jonathan Bond into some robust saves, and imposed their will on the guests.

No group in MLS has as many objectives within the opening 5 minutes (4) or the primary half-hour (14). Pedro Vite had objective within the opening minute of Wednesday evening’s win, the second time this season he’d scored in underneath 30 seconds.

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The Whitecaps, who grew to become the primary group in MLS because the 2011 Colorado Rapids to attain inside the first two minutes in consecutive matches, are second general in dwelling objectives with 29 objectives.

Gauld added a penalty kick objective to his evening’s tally within the twenty third minute — when Mavinga hauled down White from behind — because the Whitecaps (8-7-7) received back-to-back video games for the primary time since April. Sergio Cordova banged his second objective in as many video games within the 94th minute.

Vancouver strikes into seventh place with the outcome, whereas the Galaxy (5-10-7) had their seven-game unbeaten streak ended and dropped to thirteenth within the West. Gastón Brugman spoiled Yohei Takaoka’s shutout bid with a 61st minute objective, whereas Mark Delgado added one other within the 74th minute to make issues nervy.

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The sagging second half put a damper on the optimistic emotions borne of their very good begin, and it was an identical chorus from assistant coach Mike D’Agostino — filling in for the suspended Vanni Sartini — saying the group strayed from the rules and ways that bought them the lead.

“We went utterly away from the plan that we had at halftime,” he stated. “We had a really implausible first half-hour. Usually, the second half, we veered away from our plan. Guys turned the sport into somewhat bit extra of an individual-type situation and did somewhat bit an excessive amount of of what they wished to do. That’s typically comprehensible if you’re up three nil, however, you recognize, I feel we escaped.

“I attempted my finest to try to maintain the fellows engaged as a lot as potential. I instructed them at halftime ‘we are able to’t let competence flip into conceitedness.’ And I feel that’s what ended up occurring. We turned our confidence and conceitedness and we thought that the sport was simply going to be received very simply, and we’re gonna go from three nil to 4 to 5 — and we most likely might have accomplished that we had alternatives. I used to be simply attempting to maintain the fellows as calm and as centered as potential, nevertheless it proved harder than I believed.”

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Right here’s what we discovered …

Los Angeles Galaxy's Chris Mavinga
Los Angeles Galaxy’s Chris Mavinga, left, fouls Vancouver Whitecaps’ Brian White through the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 15, 2023. Mavinga acquired his second yellow card of the sport on the play resulting in a purple card and his ejection from the match. White was awarded a penalty kick that he efficiently transformed. Picture by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

THE SUMMER OF GAULD

Gauld’s run of kind seems to be unmatched in group historical past.

His objective Saturday gave in seven within the final 9 video games throughout all competing, together with 5 assists.

Few gamers come near his stage of objective contributions, however the Scot is on one other stage.

Camilo had eight objectives and two assists in his final eight video games with the Whitecaps, and the most effective stretch Pedro Morales had was 5/4 in six video games.

Six of Gauld’s objectives, and two assists, have come at dwelling.

“Gauldy is unreal. He at all times makes the the appropriate move,” stated wingback Ryan Raposo. “Once I return and watch my very own movie, I’m like, ‘I might have made this move, this move, this move higher, this choice, however … you see it with Gauldy — he at all times makes the appropriate choice.”

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Vancouver Whitecaps' Ryan Gauld
Vancouver Whitecaps’ Ryan Gauld, again third left, celebrates his penalty kick objective with Brian White (24) and Alessandro Schopf as Pedro Vite (45) and Ryan Raposo (27) stroll to affix them whereas Los Angeles Galaxy’s Kelvin Leerdam (18) watches through the first half of an MLS soccer match in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, July 15, 2023. Picture by DARRYL DYCK /THE CANADIAN PRESS

ANDIAMO, FROM A DIFFERENT VOICE

When Sartini picked up a yellow card on the finish of Wednesday’s recreation, it meant he’d be pressured to look at Saturday’s recreation from the packing containers above the stands. That meant that D’Agostino could be the primary B.C. native to handle a recreation since Bob Lenarduzzi coached the 86ers in 1983.

Most of a supervisor’s obligation is finished earlier than a recreation in preparation, however there are changes — particularly at halftime — that one must make. D’Agostino weathered the storm, his substitutions have been all logical and efficient, particularly the late-game swaps of Cordova for White, and Caicedo for Julian Gressel. The 2 mixed for the game-sealing objective, with Cordova inserting dwelling the rebound off the third crossbar the Caps hit Saturday, this one courtesy of a curling Caicedo effort.

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“Yeah, I’ll be trustworthy it’s so much more durable than sort of I believed,” D’Agostino stated with a smile.

“Being the one which has to make the selections and all these occasions, particularly as the sport modifications by way of momentum, it’s one thing that’s very, very troublesome.  However on the finish of the day, it’s an expertise that I’ve at all times wished to attempt to undergo, and now that I’ve accomplished it, I feel I ever get the chance once more, and it’ll be simply that little bit simpler.”

The Langley native, who grew up in Vancouver, performed midfield for the U20 nationwide group, and went on to an NCAA profession on the College of Kentucky earlier than serving to the Whitecaps reserves with the Pacific Coast Soccer League title in 2006.

He had European aspirations, trailing in each Italy and England, earlier than incomes a contract with Blackpool within the Championship in 2007. He had a mortgage spell at Cheltenham City, and stints with Hereford United and German membership Sportfreunde Siegen, earlier than retiring from enjoying to focus on teaching.

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He labored with golf equipment like TSS, North Vancouver FC, Quest College, and Mountain United earlier than ending up on the Whitecaps Academy. He moved up the age ranks from the U14s in 207 to the U23s in 2019, the place he started working with Sartini. When Sartini was named head coach, he elevated D’Agostino together with him.

“He gave me recommendation by way of simply staying calm and ensuring that you simply keep centered on the large image, as a result of that’s the actual necessary half,” stated D’Agostino. “I attempted to do precisely what I believed (Sartini) would do, and nothing modified. The ways have been at all times the identical. The best way that we wished to strategy the sport was the identical, the way in which that we talked to the gamers was the identical.

“I feel the sport was in our fingers, and every time we let it slip, it was most likely our personal fault.”

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BY THE NUMBERS

17: Photographs for Vancouver to L.A.’s 12, together with a 9-6 edge in photographs on the right track.

7: Photographs by Ryan Gauld, 5 of them on the right track. He had two golden probabilities to turn out to be the fifth Whitecap to attain a hat trick, however Jonathan Bond denied him on two golden probabilities.

0.7: L.A.’S anticipated objectives within the recreation. The Whitecaps had 3.6, the second-best mark of the season, simply behind the three.7 that they had in a 5-0 win over Montreal in April. That recreation additionally featured an early purple card to their opponents, and was the primary win of the final time Vancouver had back-to-back victories.

NEVER SAY DIE

The Galaxy are among the finest groups relating to possession (54.9 per cent, 4th), and even all the way down to 10 males Saturday, that they had extra of the ball than Vancouver for the primary half.

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They saved Vancouver from killing the sport and clawed their method again in, scoring twice within the latter half of the second 45, protecting the 18,534 at B.C. Place from getting too comfy. Vancouver completed with 51.8 possession.

WHAT’S NEXT

It’s a protracted wait till the subsequent league recreation — Aug. 20 in opposition to the San Jose Earthquakes — however the Caps are again in motion subsequent Friday in opposition to Membership Leon within the inaugural Leagues Cup.

Leon, who received the CONCACAF Champions League by beating LAFC within the two-leg ultimate, have the mantle of being the most effective group in North America. They go to B.C. Place at 7:30 p.m. on July 21.

“We’ve been by means of some robust durations. We’ve had a whole lot of video games and it’s turn out to be heavy, heavy, heavy,” stated D’Agostino. “I feel a refocus goes to be welcome. Clearly, gaining momentum is one thing that we need to construct off of, however on the finish of the day, I feel we are able to shift our focus now into the League Cup and hopefully be prepared for when the league does begin again up.”

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NEXT GAME

Friday, Leagues Cup

Vancouver Whitecaps vs Membership Léon 

7:30 p.m., B.C. PlaceTV: TSN, Radio: AM730



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