MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Major League Soccer: LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps

StubHub Center – Wednesday, July 19 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Vancouver 3/1

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Preview

LA Galaxy take on Vancouver Whitecaps at StubHub Center on Wednesday night. Major League Soccer returns after a short break for the Gold Cup, although several players remain absent as they take part in the knockout rounds of the international competition.

The Galaxy were thrashed 5-2 by Manchester United in a friendly on Saturday night. They were ripped apart after making plenty of errors before scoring two late consolation goals. However, they will hope to have learnt something from that game ahead of the visit of the Whitecaps.

Head coach Curt Onalfo knows his side must pick up their form over the second half of the season if they are to make the playoffs. They come into Wednesday’s game two points behind Vancouver, who sit in sixth heading into Week 20.

That makes this a real six pointer. It’s still only July, but head-to-head clashes like this can really change the shape of the standings. LA know that need to capitalise on the home advantage to move back into the top six.

The Whitecaps might sit sixth in the West but they do boast the fourth-best points-per-game ratio. They have 24 points from 17 games and are on track for a top six finish.

Vancouver have only lost one of their last five games. That came in a 4-0 drubbing at Chicago at the start of the month, but they did bounce back by beating NYCFC 3-2 before the Gold Cup break.

Related: Exclusive photos from Vancouver’s 3-2 win over NYCFC

The worry for Vancouver on Wednesday is that they have struggled away from home this term. They have picked up seven points from a possible 24 on the road, and haven’t won any of their last three away games in MLS.

This will be the 18th MLS clash between the two sides and the second of two this season. LA hold the advantage based on past meetings, having won nine of the previous 17. Vancouver have only won once at LA. That came in a 1-0 win at StubHub in June 2015.Embed from Getty Images

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Team News

LA Galaxy welcomed back Daniel Steres and Jermaine Jones in their 5-2 friendly defeat to Manchester United on Saturday night, so both will be in contention to start here. Robbie Rogers, Sebastian Lletget and Baggio Husidic are all still out. Curt Onalfo used 21 players in Saturday’s friendly, so he will hope fatigue is not an issue here. Gyasi Zardes is still away with the USMNT at the ongoing Gold Cup.

Vancouver Whitecaps are set to remain without Brett Levis and David Edgar, while Kendall Waston has been called up to the Costa Rican squad at the Gold Cup. Russell Teibert, Marcel De Jong and Alphonso Davies are with the Canada squad. Matias Laba will be available again after serving a suspension.

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: D/W/L/L/L
Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: W/D/D/L/W
Key Stat: LA Galaxy haven’t won at home in MLS for more than three months. Their last win at StubHub came on April 8 against Montreal Impact. They’ve drawn three and lost three since.
Key Player: Giovani Dos Santos – The Mexican attacker has only played 12 time this season but remains crucial to the Galaxy. He has been away with Mexico at the Confederations Cup over the past month but is now ready to see his first MLS minutes for six weeks. He scored twice late on against Man Utd on Saturday and will look to prove the difference against Vancouver here.

LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps: Prediction

LA Galaxy 1-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Both sides might be a little rusty on Wednesday night, having not played an MLS game for two weeks. But that won’t change the fact that both sides will be out to win. There are still some key absences for both to contend with, however, and ultimately we see this one ending all square.


MLS Preview and Prediction: LA Galaxy vs Vancouver Whitecaps

Competition: Major League Soccer – LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver Whitecaps 

Venue: StubHub Center – Saturday, June 6 – 22:30 ET (03:30 BST)

Match Odds: LA Galaxy 3/4 – Draw 13/5 – Vancouver Whitecaps 18/5

Match Preview

LA Galaxy host this season’s surprise package on Saturday night as the Vancouver Whitecaps make the trip to StubHub centre.

LA have endured a tough start to the 2015 season, failing to really shine in the Western Conference with some disappointing results on the way.

But the Galaxy are not known for finding form early in a season and their late charge last term saw them eventually pick up the MLS Cup.

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They do remain extremely impressive at home and are yet to lose at StubHub in their last 26 matches in MLS.

LA Galaxy’s 2015 MLS record: P15 – W5 – D6 – L4

Vancouver have hit a wall and are struggling to regain their early season form after only having won twice in their last seven in MLS.

They have failed to win away since April 19 (1-0 win at Real Salt Lake) and will struggle to end that run on Saturday night in what is set to be a real test.

Vancouver Whitecaps’ 2015 MLS record: P15 – W7 – D2 – L6

The Whitecaps remain two points clear of their opponents at the weekend but could be surpassed should they lose to the reigning champions.

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These two have already met once this term, as the Whitecaps won 2-0 on home soil and this will be the final regular season meeting between the Western Conference rivals this season, so expect a real battle.

Team News

LA Galaxy have Brian Perk missing through injury. Alan Gordon, Jose Villarreal, AJ DeLaGarza, Robbie Rogers and Todd Dunivant are all doubts for this one too. Robbie Keane is away with Ireland on international duty, while Jaime Penedo, Bradford Jamieson IV and Gyasi Zardes are also unavailable.

Vancouver Whitecaps are without Sam Adekugbe, Marco Bustos and Andre Lewis for the visit to the StubHub center. Deybi Flores is away on international duty with the Honduras U20’s.

Key Points

LA Galaxy’s last five: L/L/W/W/D

Vancouver Whitecaps’ last five: W/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: LA Galaxy won every meeting between the two sides at home.

Key Player: Juninho – The LA Galaxy midfielder is the unsung hero in a very good side.He’s key to LA’s hopes of winning the midfield battle on Saturday and will need to step up in this one.

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Score Prediction

LA Galaxy 2-1 Vancouver Whitecaps – Tough to see Vancouver ending that LA Galaxy unbeaten home streak on Saturday. LA are depleted with absences but should still manage to get a result in what should be an entertaining game.