Galaxy 1, Whitecaps FC 0
Landon Donovan scored in the third minute and the Los Angeles
Galaxy held on to beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 1-0 Saturday night
for their fifth straight win.
Donovan got his fourth goal in the last three matches to help
the Galaxy (12-9-4) secure sole possession of second place in the
Donovan scored after A.J. DeLaGarza’s pass hit Whitecaps central
defender Johnny Leveron and came to him. The Galaxy captain planted
a high shot in the left corner of the net over Whitecaps goalkeeper
”It helps a lot when you’re on the road,” Donovan said of the
early goal. ”It puts your team in a really good position, and even
if they score a goal, you’re back where you started, so it’s a nice
way to start a game.
”We can play a little more cautiously and just worry about
defending and trying to counter – and it really played to our
Donovan needs four more goals to become the all-time leading
scorer in MLS history.
Los Angeles goalkeeper Jaime Penedo recorded his first MLS
shutout in only his second career league appearance and third
overall with the Galaxy.
”It was a grind-out road victory, one that we haven’t had all
year, so it was good to get one,” Los Angeles coach Bruce Arena
The Whitecaps (10-9-6) lost their second straight overall and
just their second at home this season.
”It was obviously a bad start, the worst start you could have
got, with the goal so early,” Whitecaps coach Martin Rennie said.
”That was disappointing.
”But after that, I thought that we played well. We got forward
and created a number of good chances.”
Usually prolific offensively at home, Vancouver struggled
against Los Angeles. Whitecaps striker Camilo, who entered the game
tied for the MLS scoring lead with 14 goals, began the game on the
bench due to a slight groin strain sustained last weekend against
Colorado, and stayed there throughout.
”So that was disappointing,” Rennie said. ”And, obviously, in
a game like that today that was really tight, a player like Camilo
is someone who could make a difference and could perhaps get us a
It ended Camilo’s string of 17 consecutive starts in league
games dating to April 27.
Darren Mattocks, who recently returned from a knee injury that
required minor surgery, started in his place. It was the Jamaican
international’s first start since the last meeting between the
teams at Vancouver on May 11, when he scored. But he did not do
much this time, rarely touching the ball before he subbed out in
the second half.
The Whitecaps almost tied it in the 10th minute, but Gershon
Koffie’s shot from about 30 yards sailed wide of the right post.
Vancouver had another chance in the 15th minute, but Mattocks’ pass
to Kenny Miller inside the box inadvertently hit him in the hand,
nullifying the opportunity.
Los Angeles had a chance to increase its lead in the 25th
minute, but Keane’s shot off a throw-in went just over the
crossbar. The Irish international had another chance from just
outside Vancouver’s box after a giveaway about seven minutes later,
but his left-footed shot went just wide of the right post.