Full time: Vancouver 1, LAFC 0. Nothing doing for the black-and-gold, who lose for the first time in 2019. Thanks for following along, hopefully this one is a blip for the team.
42nd minute: Latif Blessing takes a yellow card-worthy tackle from Doneil Henry and is attended to. He continues for a few minutes but has to be replaced by Mark-Anthony Kaye before halftime. Looked serious, possibly shoulder or collarbone.
27th minute: Goal Whitecaps. PC’s shot clanged off the post, and Inbeom Hwang cleaned up with a nice finish on the rebound. LAFC down on the road.
LAFC make major changes in defense, with only Eddie Segura keeping his spot. Debut starts for Shaft Brewer, Jr and Niko Hamalainen. Peter-Lee Vassell also gets his first MLS start.
Vancouver make some tweaks up top, with PC playing high up, Yordy Reyna slotting in at striker, and Lucas Venuto getting more minutes.
LAFC are coming off another solid performance, a 2-0 victory against FC Cincinnati. At times, it seemed as if LAFC was destined to score five or six goals, however, the team was very sloppy in the final third. This speaks volumes to the quality of play that LAFC has put forth this season. Even when the squad isn’t playing its best football, it finds ways to win.
While Carlos Vela, rightfully so, has been receiving a considerable amount of the recognition for LAFC’s brilliant start, the midfield trio of Mark-Anthony Kaye, Latif Blessing and Eduard Atuesta has been marvelous as of late. Their roles have elevated considerably, considering the absence of Andre Horta and Lee Nguyen in the midfield. Kaye and Atuesta were key in LAFC’s victory against FC Cincinnati as they bossed the midfield and set pieces, culminating in a goal for Kaye.
The Whitecaps are one of four MLS sides without a win during the 2019 season. Quite frankly, the Whitecaps have no attacking threat. The Vancouver squad has had a difficult time coming across goal scoring chances thus far this season.
While their season has been filled with negatives, the Whitecaps did make one of the MLS’s best offseason acquisitions in Inbeom Hwang, a Korean international purchased from Korean side, Daejeon Citizen. Hwang has been one of the few bright spots this season for Vancouver. His presence in the midfield and on the ball in the attacking third has been very effective.
Vegas Bookmakers currently favor LAFC at (-120), while listing Vancouver Whitecaps FC as (+290) underdogs. The odds for a draw are currently listed at (+320) (via Westgate LV).
How to Watch:
This Wednesday’s Western Conference match between LAFC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC will be televised by YouTubeTV (LA), KVMD (LA) and ESPN+ starting at 7:00 pm PT with kickoff to follow.
The game will also be carried by local radio affiliates ESPN 710 and KFWB 980.