Galaxy-Whitecaps FC Preview

David Beckham is playing in Vancouver for the first time. The

home team may be more concerned about his Los Angeles teammates

Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and Mike Magee.

That trio has accounted for eight goals and three assists in

three previous meetings with the Whitecaps, who are short-handed

heading into Wednesday night’s contest with the Galaxy.

Los Angeles (8-10-2) has outscored Vancouver 10-0 in winning the

three prior matchups. The Galaxy won 4-0 in their lone visit July

30, 2011, as Donovan scored twice and added an assist with Beckham

suspended due to yellow-card accumulation.

Magee scored twice and Keane added a goal and an assist in a 3-0

victory Sept. 17. The score was the same June 23 when Keane and

Magee scored while Donovan had a goal and an assist.

Magee, who has missed the last two games with a shin problem, is

questionable Wednesday.

Los Angeles currently owns the fifth and final playoff spot in

the Western Conference, four points behind fourth-place Vancouver


The Galaxy are seeking to cap a perfect three-game road stretch

after Saturday’s 5-3 victory over Portland. Beckham scored two

goals in an MLS game for the first time since May 3, 2008, and

Keane also struck twice.

“I was happy with it, but I’m more happy with the team’s

performance tonight because I think we showed our character,” said

Beckham, who has never scored against Vancouver. “I think we showed

that when we pass the ball around we can go through teams.”

The Whitecaps will play at home for the first time since June

20. They are 5-1-3 at BC Place, where they have four of their next

five games.

“I look forward to the next few games at home and getting back

in front of the Whitecaps fans,” coach Martin Rennie said. “One of

the things I said at the start of the season I talked about, I

wanted to make sure we were a team fans can be proud of and

absolutely we have a group of guys who will work until the very end

no matter what the situation.”

Vancouver completed a 1-3-1 road stretch with Saturday’s 1-0

defeat to Chicago.

Forward Eric Hassli sprained his ankle late in that game and is

not available Wednesday. Defender Alain Rochat drew his fifth

yellow card and is suspended.

Darren Mattocks, who has a team-high six goals, has started the

last two matches over Hassli and figures to be in the lineup


Midfielder Dane Richards played the entire second half Saturday

in his Vancouver debut one day after he was acquired along with

allocation money from New York for forward Sebastien Le Toux.

The Whitecaps added Designated Player Kenny Miller on Monday,

but the Scotland national team captain is not yet available.

Galaxy defender Omar Gonzalez could return after sitting out the

last two games due to knee problems that have limited him to one

contest in 2012. He took part in practice Monday.

“I felt good,” Gonzalez told the Galaxy’s official website. “My

knee is feeling better and I’m feeling strong out there, like