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
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
“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