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LAFC’s Jordan Harvey on Vancouver return: “I really appreciate the support”

Defender had night to savor against former team.

Harvey was honored by the Whitecaps before the game.
Courtesy of LAFC

Jordan Harvey left the Vancouver Whitecaps in the offseason after spending six and a half seasons there, moving back to his hometown team Los Angeles Football Club, on a Free Agent deal.

He had a good run in British Columbia, spending most of his time with the Whitecaps as the starting left back, winning a Canadian Championship there and being named Whitecaps Player of the Year in 2016.

Harvey got to eat his cake and eat it too, on his return to Vancouver Friday night, making his first start of the season for LAFC, winning 2-0, and being honored by the Whitecaps and home crowd before and during the match.

“It’s been kind of strange from the moment we landed, seeing the landscape and then coming in, it was really amazing, the fans were so nice, I’m so grateful for my time here and the memories I’ve had, I really appreciate the support I got tonight,” Harvey told reporters after the game.

Prior to the match, Harvey was given a plaque by Whitecaps president Bob Lenarduzzi and the Whitecaps’ Supporter Group the Southsiders raised a Whitecaps jersey tifo with Harvey’s name and number on it to honor him.

Harvey exited the match in the 86th minute, and those in attendance gave him an ovation as he applauded to his former home crowd.

Regarding the game itself, LAFC snapped their two-game losing streak and grabbed their first shutout since opening day against the Seattle Sounders. Harvey described the approach as going “back to basics.”

“The first game we played against Seattle, it was more along the lines of this performance, getting a goal on the road and defending soundly, defending properly,” he explained. “We were able to do that.

“We know this stretch of games, we have six games on the road to begin the season, that they aren’t going to all go well. But if we play like we did tonight, it’s more than likely we’ll get some points away from home. We are always going for three points. That’s one thing I’m proud of with this club, we’re still building, it’s not an end product by any means, you see bits and pieces of it throughout the 90 minutes, but the main thing is to keep a clean sheet and we did that.”

While there were certainly many motivations for the LAFC players, including Harvey, to get a win on the night, Carlos Vela, who scored the winning goal, admitted the group was motivated by the returns of Harvey and another former Whitecap, Steven Beitashour, in looking for a good result.

“We knew this guy deserved to win today,” Vela said. “He talked with everyone, told us that this is the game we had to win. We were happy for Jordan, and Beitashour too.”

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