Whitecaps shutout in Los Angeles

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Vancouver 0 – Los Angeles 2 (Donovan, Sarvas)

The L.A. Galaxy used two first half goals from Landon Donovan and Marcelo Sarvas to secure a 2-0 win Saturday evening at the Stubhub center. This match saw the Whitecaps debut of both Kendall Waston and Mauro Rosales, while Johnny Leveron earned a dubious red card at the end of the match for a foul on Alan Gordon, a card which could be recinded if the MLS decides to take a further look at it.

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The Vancouver Whitecaps returned to Los Angeles, this time to face to L.A. Galaxy at the Stubhub center Saturday night. Head Coach Carl Robinson was forced to make some changes with Matias Laba suspended for yellow card accumulation and Gershon Koffie out with an ankle injury. New acquisitions Kendall Waston and Mauro Rosales started on the bench, while Russell Teibert and Mehdi Ballouchy started in defensive midfield.

The Whitecaps’ plans were seemingly undone early as Landon Donovan scored in the 5th minute to give the Galaxy and early 1-0 lead.

On 32 minutes, after soaking up some Whitecaps pressure, the Galaxy scored again after pinging the ball around the box, Robbie Keane’s excuse me touch to Marcelo Sarvas enabled the midfielder to slot past David Ousted to give the Galaxy a 2-0 lead.

The Galaxy took a 2-0 lead into the half, and Mauro Rosales would come on at half time for Sebastian Fernandez making his Whitecaps debut.

The L.A. Galaxy almost made it 3-0 off a corner kick as the ball made its way towards the Whitecaps goal, but Pedro Morales cleared off the line to keep the match at 2-0.

In the 66th minute Erik Hurtado came in for Medhi Ballouchy as the Whitecaps looked to claw a goal back.

In the 78th minute Kendall Waston made his MLS debut coming in for Kekuta Manneh, and going up front in a forwards role with the Whitecaps looking to play long for the 6’5″ player.

At the end of the match Johnny Leveron earned a straight red card for a foul on Alan Gordon, a very harsh call on a foul that was not rough at all. The match itself was not very rough but somehow six yellow cards were given out in addition to Leveron’s red card.

In stoppage time Robbie Keane’s shot was deflected by David Ousted and off the crossbar to keep the match at 2-0.

The match would end 2-0 as the Whitecaps stay put in the MLS Western Conference standings, holding the 5th and final playoff spot. The Whitecaps return home to face the Portland Timbers next weekend.

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