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5 takeaways from LAFC’s 2-0 win at Vancouver Whitecaps

It was a nice way to end the first losing streak.

MLS: Los Angeles FC at Vancouver Whitecaps
Los Angeles FC forward Diego Rossi (9) celebrates after scoring a goal against Vancouver Whitecaps goalkeeper Stefan Marinovic (not pictured) during the second half at BC Place.
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Well, now we can get that pesky first losing streak out of the way, as goals from Carlos Vela and Diego Rossi propelled Los Angeles Football Club to a 2-0 win against Vancouver Whitecaps FC at BC Place.

And, considering what we all watched last weekend in Atlanta, I think it is safe to say we are all glad that is over.

With that, here are five takeaways from our first win north of the border:

A little change never hurt anyone

Following last weekend’s 5-0 loss at Atlanta, you could just feel change in the air during post-game news conferences.

And, LAFC coach Bob Bradley didn’t disappoint by shifting Steven Beitashour wide, bringing Jordan Harvey in for a start against his old team and getting Mark-Anthony Kaye motivated (we will touch on that in a bit).

The shake-up, while perhaps not permanent, did provide better attacking options for the Black-and-Gold. Beitashour impressed on the corner and the 3-4-2-1 was a creative move by the coach.

A keeper perhaps?

Now, about Mark-Anthony Kaye …

Now, Kaye has done some good things over the first four games of the season, but some (myself included) have been waiting for him to give-way to a healthy Omar Gaber in the midfield.

However, against Vancouver, Kaye played like a man on a mission. Perhaps that mission was to keep his job, as Gaber seems to be on the mend.

Kaye was creative in offense and hustled on defense. He was strong all game long. We could have an interesting midfield situation in the coming weeks as Gaber continues to improve his fitness after coming off the bench late to make his MLS debut.

Back to that new formation

Putting Vela and Rossi behind Marcos Ureña was a great move. And it paid off.

Ureña was involved in both goals scored and both Vela and Rossi were active the entire game …

Okay, that last one was not the active I was talking about.

In all seriousness, the new formation really seemed to open up LAFC on offense while not exploiting the defense in any way. While Vancouver did have some chances at goal, they were very limited.

Speaking of the defense

Alright, so Tyler Miller gave up nine goals in the last two games … big deal right.

Well, he atoned for it against the Whitecaps pushing away the few shots he actually faced – three shots, only one on target.

But, I think the entire defense deserves a pat on the back. Yes, Vancouver was without Kai Kamara, but that didn’t stop the Whitecaps from pressing, especially in the start of the second half.

However, Laurent Ciman, Walker Zimmerman and Dejan Jakovic provided a nice defensive face in the new formation.

How about a little momentum?

Nothing speaks to momentum than a win. What’s more is a win on the road.

LAFC will have one more game on the road at Montreal Impact before the excitement begins for the home opener in two weeks against Seattle Sounders FC.

Yes, they had a couple of tough losses but anyone who thought LAFC would go through this road schedule to start an inaugural season untouched needs to share whatever they are taking because, while it might have been a hope, it certainly was not the expectation.

To be in the upper echelon of the Western Conference in the first five games of the season without stepping foot on your own home grass is not a common feat. Toss in the fact LAFC are in their first year of play and these wins on the road mean more and more.

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