MLS: LA Galaxy Unable to Maintain Lead Over Vancouver Whitecaps
The Los Angeles Galaxy took on the Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in Vancouver, Canada for the second match in a back-to-back series. Although Galaxy had beat the Whitecaps in the previous match, it was unable to obtain the win they needed today. The Galaxy took the lead early in the match, but it ended in a 2-2 draw much to the dislike of head coach Bruce Arena. Some of the same issues the Galaxy dealt with in the previous match became apparent in today’s match. These issues added to playing on turf led to Galaxy’s draw.
The back-line was again shaky from the start. Injured Todd Dunivant is obviously missed in the lineup and players like Leonardo continue making common mistakes. Galaxy needs to work on defense. Jaime Penedo continues to make some great saves, but he is often left picking up the slack from the back four. He cannot always get up quick enough, and the back four are nowhere to be seen. I hope they take today’s match as a lesson, and use it to improve on its form.
It wasn’t all bad, as Stefan Ishizaki continued to shine for the club. Ishizaki made an incredible assist in the previous match, and stepped it up in today’s match by scoring with an amazing header. He scored the first goal of the match, but sadly the club could not keep a clean sheet. Ishizaki will go far with the club; he is definitely a rising star, and I hope Galaxy can continue to benefit from the talent he brings.
The man of the match was captain Robbie Keane. Keane scored the second goal for the Galaxy, which the Whitecaps later equalized. He is definitely a constant for the Galaxy and is slowly catching up to this year’s leading goal scorers. Keane is good at finding holes in defense that allow him to score; he is currently tied in a long list of seconds for shots on goal. He always proves just how deserving he is of his captaincy and designated player titles.