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Galaxy Wear Down Whitecaps

Posted on 18 September 2011 by iyeo

A 3-0 win might be considered an easy night for any soccer team.

Just don’t tell that to the Los Angeles Galaxy, certainly not on Saturday night against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Vancouver certainly didn’t play like a team that was in last place in the Western Conference with only 22 points against the vaunted Galaxy on Saturday night. Yet when 90 minutes were played between the two teams at the Home Depot Center, the Galaxy were further atop the conference and league stadings following its 3-0 win over the first-year Whitecaps.

“It’s good to win,” Landon Donovan said. “We weren’t perfect by any means, but we made the plays we needed to make to win the game.”

The win gives the Galaxy a league high 58 points and thus keeps some considerable distance between them and their Western Conference competitors. LA was led by defender Bryan Jordan, who assisted two goals, one of them going to midfielder Mike Magee, whose two goals in the match gave him his first brace in six years when he notched two goals for the then-New York Metrostars in a 5-4 win over the New England Revolution.

“Bryan was crossing some amazing balls tonight,” Magee said of Jordan’s passess.

Holding on to a 1-0 lead in the second half, Los Angeles appeared to dodge a bullett in the 63rd minute when Camillo appeared to have been taken down in the penalty area, but no call was made much to the infuriation of the Whitecaps, which resulted in Eric Hassli recieving a yellow card for dissent.

“You trying to get me into trouble,” Whitecaps head coach Tom Soehn said jokingly when asked about the play.

After that, the Galaxy took over. LA got a cushion goal in the 65th minute when David Beckham sprung an overlapping Bryan Jordan, who then crossed a ball into the penalty area to Robbie Keane, whose header beat Whitecaps keeper Joe Cannon near post to widen the Galaxy lead. LA sealed the three points in the 75th minute when Jordan again crossed into the 18, this time to Magee, who guided his header perfectly to the back post and across the goal line.

“It was a fantastic ball,” Keane said of the pass that led to his goal.

Vancouver certainly showed up on Saturday night. The Whitecaps got off two early long-range bombs right on frame that required the action of Galaxy keeper Josh Saunders. The Whitecaps continued to apply pressure as the match went on. Davide Chiumiento had possession outside the penalty area inthe 29th minute and curled a shot on goal, but missed the back post. Three minutes later, Vancouver had perhaps its best chance at a score when Shea Salinas sprung Eric Hassli with a brilliant through ball into the 18. Hassli fired a rocket, but was denied by Saunders.

“They sat back a lot,” David Beckham said of the Whitecaps’ effort. “We just had to be patient.”

That patience finally paid off in the 40th minute. Keane had possession on the left side of the penalty box and slipped a through ball into the 18, where Magee finished off a volley that beat Joe Cannon near post to break the ice.

“I thought we came to play tonight,” Soehn said. “Unfortunately, good teams will punish you for your mistakes.”

Another busy week awaits the Galaxy, as they travel to Costa Rica for a CONCACAF Champions League matchup against LD Alajuelense, followed by a showdown of conference leaders between them and the East-leading Columbus Crew at Crew stadium on Saturday. Vancouver meanwhile resumes the fight for the Cascadia Cup the same day as they welcome the Seattle Sounders to Empire Field.

Los Angeles Galaxy 3, Vancouver Whitecaps 0
September 17, 2011; Home Depot Center

Scoring Summary:
LA — Mike Magee 4 (Robbie Keane 1, David Beckham 13) 40
LA — Robbie Keane 2 (Bryan Jordan 1) 64
LA — Mike Magee 5 (Bryan Jordan 2, David Beckham 14) 75

Misconduct Summary:
VAN — Alain Rochat (caution; Tactical Foul) 17
VAN — Gershon Koffie (caution; Reckless Tackle) 28
VAN — Eric Hassli (caution; Dissent) 62

Lineups:

Vancouver Whitecaps — Joe Cannon, Jonathan Leathers, Jay DeMerit, Alain Rochat, Jordan Harvey, Shea Salinas, Gershon Koffie (Jeb Brovsky 76), Peter Vagenas, Camilo, Eric Hassli (Mustapha Jarju 73), Davide Chiumiento (Long Tan 65).
Substitutes Not Used: Michael Boxall, Nizar Khalfan, Alexandre Morfaw, Jay Nolly.

LA Galaxy — Josh Saunders, Bryan Jordan, Omar Gonzalez, A.J. DeLaGarza, Todd Dunivant, Landon Donovan (Michael Stephens 78), David Beckham (Dan Keat 78), Chris Birchall, Mike Magee, Paolo Cardozo, Robbie Keane (Miguel Lopez 84).
Substitutes Not Used: Chad Barrett, Adam Cristman, Frankie Hejduk, Brian Perk.

Referee: Michael Kennedy
Referee’s Assistants: George Gansner; Corey Parker
4th Official: Baldomero Toledo
Attendance: 22,959
Time of Game: 1:50
Weather: Clear and 68 degrees

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