Bob Bradley opted to field a 3-4-3 for the first time, with Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman and Dejan Jakovic starting in the center of defense, and Latif Blessing going to the bench to make up for the change. Jordan Harvey got the start in place of the suspended Joao Moutinho, and received an ovation from the Vancouver crowd late, as tribute for his service with the Whitecaps the past several seasons.
The first half was hectic and tight, as both teams worked hard to stay compact in the back and to find a goal on the attacking end. Tyler Miller made a couple of good saves in the first half, and Stefan Marinovic was pressed into action once or twice in the opening half.
Following the break, the Whitecaps tried to pressure LAFC hard, but after the first few minutes LAFC played their way to dominance, and before it was said and done, they held a huge edge in shots and were even in the other categories, not easy to do on the road.
LAFC finally found their breakthrough in the 59th minute, just over two games from the last goal scored for them, as Carlos Vela scored another beauty, hitting a curler from one edge of the box to the top corner inside the far post to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.
The second goal came in the 70th minute, as Marcos Ureña set up a shot by Diego Rossi. The Costa Rican got position on Marinovic in the six-yard box, then tipped a high ball down and into a teammate’s path, and Rossi obliged, slamming the shot in from close range.
All in all, it was a solid performance for LAFC, and best of all they returned to their winning ways, now posting three wins out of five games, all on the road.
And the longest road trip of all is coming up, as LAFC will head to Quebec next week to take on the Montreal Impact at Stade Saputo next Saturday. It will be their last road game before the big home opener on April 29. Can LAFC finish with another good result before they come home? They’ll get a little over a week to prepare after a good win in Vancouver on Friday.
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