Vancouver do have two key players that are potential rock-slingers: Eric Hassli and Camilo Sanvezzo. Hassli, the Frenchman, has been clutch as a scorer for the Caps, leading the team with eight goals this season while Camilo has recorded six. And none of those goals were scored in the manner of the backheel that Mario Balotelli, the Chad Ochocinco of Manchester City, tried to pull off last weekend.
“We said in the huddle before we came out, ‘Let’s go for it, take chances, take risks. ’ That’s exactly what he did. It paid off for him. He had a great shot, went over the 6'10" ‘keeper or however tall he was and it was a great goal. ”The young guns like Juninho, Paolo Cardozo and Miguel Lopez will also be counted on this weekend. Juninho was named an MLS All-Star ahead of Wednesday's MLS All-Star Game but will not play. That leaves the door wide open for some South American flair to turn up.
Greg Vanney's men are only three points behind the playoff positions with two games in hand on seventh-placed Portland Timbers, but they have now lost six of their last eight MLS matches, conceding 16 goals in the process. LA Galaxy have struggled in recent home meetings against Vancouver as they have won only three of their last nine games in Los Angeles against the Canadian outfit since 2015. While Hernandez is regarded as one of the Galaxy's star players, Dejan Joveljic has enjoyed an impressive 2022 campaign in front of goal and has scored all nine of his MLS goals on home soil so far this term, including a strike in each of his last six matches at Dignity Health Sports Park. After five MLS matches without a win, Vancouver Whitecaps secured all three points when they came from behind to beat Houston Dynamo 2-1 on home soil last weekend.
Preview: LA Galaxy vs. Vancouver - prediction, team newsSports Mole previews Sunday's Major League Soccer clash between Los Angeles Galaxy and Vancouver Whitecaps, including predictions, team news and possible lineups. Los Angeles Galaxy will be hoping to end their miserable run of form when they welcome Vancouver Whitecaps to the Dignity Health Sports Park for their MLS clash on Sunday. The visitors, meanwhile, are seeking to extend their unbeaten run across all competitions to four matches. Match preview © Reuters LA Galaxy suffered their 11th MLS defeat of the season when they were beaten 4-2 away at basement club Sporting Kansas City last weekend. The Wizards went into half time three goals in front courtesy of a brace from William Agada and a strike from Erik Thommy, before two late goals from Javier Hernandez gave the Galaxy hope of a potential comeback. However, Sporting added a fourth in the 95th minute through Daniel Salloi to ensure that all three points remained with the hosts.
42 goals against average, with 31 saves and a 63 percent save percentage. Nolly may have a 1-5-6 record, but lately, it seems that the teams lingering near the bottom saves their best games for those against the best in the league. Could Nolly deliver a breakout performance? Stay tuned. In the meantime, Galaxy goalkeeper Josh Saunders will get another go between the pipes as Donovan Ricketts continues to recover from his broken elbow. Saunders has a 5-1-3 record, with a 1. 09 goals against average and a 75 percent save percentage.
Los Angeles Galaxy possible starting lineup:Bond; Araujo, Coulibaly, Williams, Gasper; Cabral, Delgado, Brugman, Costa; Hernandez, Joveljic Vancouver Whitecaps possible starting lineup:Cropper; Blackmon, Veselinovic, Brown; Gressel, Owusu, Teibert, Raposo; Gauld, Vite; Cavallini We say: Los Angeles Galaxy 1-2 Vancouver Whitecaps Both sides have endured inconsistent spells of form in recent weeks so a tight affair could be on the cards this weekend.
First is the race for the CONCACAF Champions League crown, with matches against Alejualense and two other teams to be determined. Monarcas de Morelia is looking like one of those sides. Then there is the ongoing competition in Major League Soccer. Los Angeles cling to a three-point lead in the overall standings with a record of 11-2-9 (42 points) and need a result this weekend against the worst team in MLS, the Whitecaps, who have a 2-10-9 record (15 points). It's a battle of David vs. Goliath. However, Goliath himself is coming in not exactly at full strength. David Beckham and Chris Birchall are suspended for Saturday's match, Landon Donovan and Omar Gonzalez are nursing ankle and nose injuries respectively, and Sean Franklin may or may not start after the All-Star Game, also known as the incoming beatdown by Manchester United Football Club, barring an act of God.
Strikers Hernandez and Joveljic are set to continue their partnership in attack, with support provided on the flanks by Kevin Cabral and Douglas Costa. As for Vancouver, they are plagued with absentees at present with Luis Martins, Cristian Gutierrez (both calf), Deiber Caicedo (knee) and Brian White (ribs) all sidelined with injuries, while Cristian Dajome, Caio Alexandre, Florian Jungwirth, Marcus Godinho and Thomas Hasal are all ruled out due to illness. Argentine centre-back Erik Godoy, meanwhile, has left the club on a free transfer to seek pastures new after three-and-a-half years with the Whitecaps. After scoring last time out, both Cavallini and Becher will be pushing to start, with the former the most likely to get the nod to replace Tosaint Ricketts.
Vancouver have a decent record against LA Galaxy as they have won four and drawn one of their last seven meetings against them, and they could extend their unbeaten run against the Californian outfit to three games if they can claim at least a point on Sunday. Los Angeles Galaxy Major League Soccer form: Vancouver Whitecaps Major League Soccer form: Vancouver Whitecaps form (all competitions): Team News LA Galaxy defender Jorge Villafana remains sidelined with a knee injury, while midfield duo Daniel Aguirre and Victor Vazquez both have lower body issues. Julian Araujo is expected to replace Kelvin Leerdam at right-back, joining Sega Coulibaly, Derrick Williams and Chase Gasper in the back four.
The Galaxy do have at least one player that could pull a sucker punch or two, and that is Mike Magee, who scored in the Galaxy's eventual 7-6 penalty shootout defeat to Manchester City FC after a 1-1 draw in regulation. “Something’s funny, ” Magee told MLSSoccer. com's Luis Bueno. “Something’s fishy in my water out in Manhattan Beach. "Oh really? Do share, oh Magic Man. “Right as it was bouncing to my chest, I already knew, " Magee added. "[Chris Birchall] literally headed it perfectly, bounced up to my chest and I knew I was going to smash it. I was just happy it stayed in the stadium, let alone went in the goal. ”“He was one of the guys, too, that said it, ” defender Todd Dunivant said.
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The main provider? Mr. Davide Chiumiento, who has eight assists to lead the Caps. Other playmakers include Terry Dunfield, former FC Dallas standout Atiba Harris, and Nizar Khalfan, who have three assists this season. Watch for Chiumiento and Dunfield to direct traffic when Vancouver creates their sequences in the midfield. The Galaxy defense need to focus their attention on Hassli and Camilo and limit the looks they will get on goal. In a league like Major League Soccer, any team can beat any team on any given match day. Look for the backline of Jonathan Leathers, Alain Rochat, Michael Boxall and Jay DeMerit to try an neutralize the scoring ability of players like Magee and Juan Pablo Angel, who has been unable to find his scoring touch. Goalkeeper Jay Nolly has a 1.
The visitors were seemingly on course to claim a slender victory at BC Place until two substitutes turned the game on its head for the Whitecaps in dramatic fashion within the final four minutes of the contest. Simon Becher equalised in the 88th minute – just six minutes after coming off the bench – before Lucas Cavallini netted a 92nd-minute winner. Vancouver have now accumulated a total of 13 points after scoring goals in the 80th minute or later so far this season, four more than any other MLS team. Vanni Sartini has seen his side move level on points with LA Galaxy in ninth place and to within three points of the playoffs with a game in hand.
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